Community Grants Program

Updated 4/16/2019

Learn about a grant program that will provide funding for community-based projects that address air quality concerns in the areas most impacted by air pollution in our region.

Updated 4/16/2019

James Cary Smith Community Grant Program

This program is named for Jim Smith, the Air District's former Community Outreach Manager who launched the first community grants program in 2009. Mr. Smith passed away in 2015 from ALS, and this program extends his vision of a more engaged and empowered community. 

The program provides grants for local projects that decrease air pollution while increasing community awareness of and engagement in air quality issues. The Air District typically offers $250,000 in grants to Bay Area non-profit organizations and school communities each fiscal year.

There are two grant opportunities under this grant program: the School Community Grants and the James Cary Smith Community Grants. 

2019 Grant Cycle Information

James Cary Smith Community Grants

Call for Applications: Applications to the James Cary Smith Community Grants Program are available starting April 15, 2019. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM, June 7, 2019.  Please review the program Guidelines and informational flyer.

The Air District will host a webinar and informational session on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 3:30 PM, during which prospective applicants have the opportunity to ask questions about their proposals. Please register to attend.

James Cary Smith Community Grant Program Application

The Air District is offering $250,000 to non-profit partners and community-based organizations to support and sponsor community-based solutions that address air pollution while also helping reduce our global climate impact. Grants of up to $25,000 per project will be awarded. Grant funding is available to support air quality education and engagement efforts. These grants will fund non-technical activities such as active transportation educational campaigns, urban greening projects, and environmental justice community engagement projects.

These grants will serve to encourage collaborative partnerships between the Air District and community-based organizations in air pollution reduction. Applicants located in AB 617 communities (i.e., identified high cumulative exposure burden areas), or projects that address an environmental justice issue will be prioritized for funding. See Appendix B of the guidelines for a map of the AB617 high cumulative exposure burden areas.

School Community Grants

The Air District offered $50,000 to school communities for projects that increase knowledge about the science of air quality, the relationship between air quality and public health, and the impact of air pollution on the global climate. Grants of up to $2,500 were awarded for K-12 schools, teachers, student leaders, or parent leaders to implement air quality-related projects.

The School Community Grants Program application period opened on December 7, 2018, and closed on January 31, 2019Please review the program Guidelines.

The Air District hosted a webinar and informational session on Thursday, January 17, 2019, during which prospective applicants were given the opportunity to ask questions about their proposals. Please see the webinar presentation and FAQ sheet for more information.

More information about the 2020 Grant Cycle for the School Community Grant Program will be available late 2019.

Community Grants Program

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Last Updated: 4/16/2019