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.
There are two grant opportunities under this grant program: the School Community Grants and the James Cary Smith Community Grants.
The Air District is offering $50,000 to school communities for projects that increase knowledge about the science of air quality, the relationship between air quality and public health, and the impact of air pollution on the global climate. Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded for K-12 schools, teachers, student leaders, or parent leaders to implement air quality-related projects.
The Air District will host a webinar and informational session on Thursday, January 17, 2019, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, during which prospective applicants can ask questions about their proposals. Interested applicants should register for the webinar.