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James Cary Smith Community Grant Program

$750,000 available for community groups, neighborhood ass


Targeted to the Bay Area


The Air District is pleased to announce a grant opportunity for community groups, neighborhood associations, and nonprofit organizations to uplift local efforts that improve air quality and reduce exposure to air pollution. Please share this information with anyone in your network who may be interested.


The refocused James Cary Smith Community Grant Program will provide up to $100,000 per organization per year, with the potential for funding for up to three years.

  • Grants must be used to design and implement strategies that foster authentic community participation in planning activities that improve a community’s environmental health.

  • Projects must be located within the Air District’s jurisdiction, and priority will be given to environmental justice communities. Projects in West Oakland and the Richmond/San Pablo/North Richmond area are not eligible, due to funding of ongoing projects authorized by California Assembly Bill 617.

Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2021, at 5 PM Pacific Time.

For additional information and to apply, visit the Air District's Community Grants Program web page. Grant information is available in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese, and Vietnamese on our website.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 10 AM: Optional Informational Webinar (Registration link)

  • Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 10 AM: Tips and Tricks Pre-Grant Application Webinar (Zoom link)

  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 5 PM: All questions about grant applications due

  • Monday, September 27, 2021 - 5 PM: All responses to grant application questions will be posted

  • Friday, October 1, 2021 - 5 PM Pacific Time: All grant applications due

  • Fall 2021: Grants awarded

  • Winter 2021: Finalize grant agreements

  • January 2022 – December 2022: Grantees perform work

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