Community organizations urged to apply for $5 million grant program to support AB 617 implementation
SACRAMENTO – Today the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced the availability of $5 million in grant funding as part of a new program to support the implementation of Assembly Bill 617 (AB 617).
Signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. last July, AB 617 establishes a new community-based framework to improve air quality and reduce exposure to toxic air pollutants in California communities most impacted by air pollution. This first of-its-kind effort involves collaborating with local residents and air districts to identify pollution sources of concern, develop solutions and track progress together.
As an initial step, the Community Air Grants Program is seeking proposals up to $500,000 from local groups. Grants are designed to help community-based organizations participate in the AB 617 process and build capacity to become active partners in identifying, evaluating and ultimately reducing exposure to harmful air emissions.
“Providing air quality support to local communities is critical as we work more closely than ever toward our common goal of ensuring that every Californian realizes equitable benefits from the state’s clean air efforts,” said Veronica Eady, CARB’s assistant executive officer for environmental justice.
Organizations are encouraged to propose projects to fit the needs of their specific communities. Funding may cover a range of activities from holding community events and community data collection to education. Applications will be accepted through April 12.