Community Grants Program
Who should apply?
Community-based organizations in economically disadvantaged communities (EDCs) are eligible to apply for Community Grants. See our Guidance on identifying EDCs and EDC maps, on our Grants page under Additional Resources.
What kinds of projects will be funded?
The Authority funds the following types of projects:
- A habitat project that aims to restore, protect, or enhance tidal wetlands, managed ponds, or natural habitats on the shoreline in the San Francisco Bay Area;
- A flood management project that is part of a habitat project;
- A public access project that will provide or improve access or recreational amenities that are part of a habitat project.
For the Community Grants Program, we are looking for projects that meet the requirements above and do the following:
- Support community visioning aimed at developing conceptual plans for shoreline habitat projects.
- Implement small shoreline habitat projects with strong community benefits, e.g., community engagement, education, workforce development, career development, leadership development, and community celebrations.
- Train community leaders to develop proposals, apply for funds, and implement small shoreline habitat projects in partnership with shoreline landowners, such as planting native plants, removing invasive plants, and cleaning up trash.
- Empower communities to have a voice in the design and implementation of large shoreline restoration projects by helping them gain knowledge of shoreline issues and build relationships with restoration-focused organizations and agencies.
What is the maximum grant amount?
The maximum amount that the Authority will provide for a Community Grant is $100,000. Matching funds are not required. If you need a larger amount, you are welcome to apply for a grant in the competitive grant round.
How do you apply?
Please submit an application to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application asks for basic information about the proposed project, including a project description, schedule, and budget.
Staff will schedule a consultation with you to talk through the project, and a review team will assess whether the project is a good fit for the Community Grants Program. If it is, staff will work closely with you to develop a staff recommendation that can be brought to the Board for funding authorization.
To learn more about Community Grants, please email email@example.com.
When should you apply and when will the money be available?
- You can apply at any time. We are accepting and reviewing applications on a rolling basis.
- The soonest a project will be brought to the Authority’s board is October 2021. It usually takes about two months from the time the board approves the project to getting a grant agreement in place, and another month or so for the grantee to provide all the necessary documents to allow work to begin.
- Please plan your project to start in January 2022 at the soonest.
How much money is available?
Staff is recommending that the Authority make $400,000 available for the Community Grants Program between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 (Fiscal Year 2021-2022). The maximum grant amount is $100,000. Therefore, the board is expected award a maximum of four Community Grants during the coming fiscal year.
Why was this program created?
The Authority created this program as part of its effort to improve equity in its grantmaking. It provides an alternative pathway to getting a grant, with a shorter application form and increased staff support.
How can you find the partners you need to make your project successful?
New partnerships between community-based organizations and restoration-focused agencies are needed to help project leaders successfully apply for funding, engage communities, and improve habitat. Authority staff helped facilitate the partnerships by hosting virtual networking sessions in November and December of 2020. To express your interest in future networking sessions, please complete our interest form.