Disadvantaged Communities

James Cary Smith Community Grants

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.

Ford Foundation Grants

The Ford Foundation makes grants that support the three I's: Institutions, Ideas, and Individuals. Having recently done away with their siloed grants program, the Ford Foundation accepts grant proposals that start in seven program areas, or entry points, as they say.

The seven program areas:

  • Civic Engagement and Government
  • Creativity and Free Expression
  • Future of Work(ers)
  • Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice
  • Just Cities and Regions
  • Natural Resources and Climate Change
  • Technology and Society

Patagonia Grants

Patagonia supports environmental organizations with bold, direct-action agendas and a commitment to long-term change. Because we believe that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum, our funding focuses on organizations that have or can create a strong base of support.

The California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project for Sacramento County

The Sacramento County Incentive Project promotes easy access to zero-emission vehicle infrastructure by offering $14 million in rebates for the purchase and installation of eligible Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers in Sacramento County. $7.7 million in rebates is available for Level 2 EV chargers, and $6.3 million is available for DC fast chargers.

Technical Assistance for the Active Transportation Program

DEADLINE EXTENDED: April 5, 2019
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership can assist your efforts to make your community a place where kids can easily be active and healthy. They are offering long-term, free technical assistance to under-resourced communities in California that would like to seek funding through the state’s Active Transportation Program (ATP) for projects that support walking, bicycling and Safe Routes to School.

School Community Grants - 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.

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program provides funding directly to community-based organizations for projects that help residents of underserved communities understand and address local environmental and public health issues. For purposes of this announcement, the term "underserved community" refers to a community with environmental justice concerns and/or vulnerable populations, including minority, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and homeless populations that may be disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks.

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grants

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. The Five Star and Urban Waters program will award approximately $1.7 million in grants natio​nwide.

Climate Ready Tribes

THE GOALS OF THE CLIMATE READY TRIBES INITIATIVE ARE TO: Reduce climate-related morbidity and mortality in Tribal Nations and communities; Build capacity to identify and assess climate-related health threats to Tribes; Build climate and health adaptation capacity within Tribal governments; Increase collaboration and data sharing among the Tribes, the federal government, state/local governments, and other partners on issues of climate and health; Increase communication and information sharing about the health effects of climate change.

ReLeaf Social Equity Program

The 2019 Social Equity Forest Improvement Grant Program is funded by a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), which received money in the 2017-18 State Budget from the California Climate Investments Program to support projects that combat climate change.