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James Cary Smith Community GrantProgram Accepting ApplicationsThrough October 1

Air District is currently accepting applications for the James Cary Smith Community Grant Program through Friday, October 1, at 5:00 PM. Application assistance will be available in multiple languages during a webinar on Thursday, September 16, at 10:00 AM. More information about the grant program and webinar is available below.

James Cary Smith community grant funding is available for community groups, neighborhood associations, and nonprofit organizations to uplift local efforts that improve air quality and reduce exposure to air pollution. The 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.

Application Assistance Webinar on September 16, 2021, at 10:00 AM Pacific Time.

  • During this webinar, the technical assistance team will offer tips and tricks to prospective applicants interested in learning more about grant application procedures, and answer questions from the public.

  • The webinar will be held via Zoom, and no advance registration is needed.

  • Simultaneous language interpretation for the grant webinar can be provided upon request at least 72 hours before the event. Please contact Aneesh Rana at or 510-599-7668 to request interpretation.

Grant applications will be accepted until October 1, 2021, at 5:00 PM Pacific Time. For additional information and to apply, visit Grant information is available in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese, and Vietnamese on our website.

Important Dates

  • 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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