The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has now formally opened the application period for the James Cary Smith Community Grant Program for fiscal year 2016. Grants of up to $25,000 are available for non-profit organizations, community-based organizations, or school-sponsored groups. The grant application deadline is Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at 5:00pm.
Grants are available to enable non-profit organizations, community-based organizations or school-sponsored groups to implement projects under three categories:
- Education and engagement - to inform and engage community members about air quality concerns in their daily lives and develop leadership in creating behavior changes that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Local air pollution impact mitigation - to reduce air pollution impacts through local, small-scale projects.
- Community-based research - to implement community-academic partnerships or "citizen science" projects that analyze local air quality impacts or demonstrate the effectiveness of innovative mitigation strategies.
Priority will be given to grant applications in localized areas with high concentrations of air pollution, where vulnerable communities experience significant adverse health impacts.
A webinar about the grant will be accessible here.