Community Grants Program
As part of its work to improve equity in the Measure AA Grant Program, the Restoration Authority has created a separate track for projects led by community-based organizations in economically disadvantaged communities (EDCs) so that they need not participate in the competitive grant round and can apply for funds on a rolling basis. The Community Grants Program provides an alternative application pathway with reduced paperwork and increased staff support for project proponents.
The Authority’s Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget includes a $200,000 allocation for the Community Grants Program. In this pilot phase, Authority staff intends to fund two to three projects, with individual projects limited to a maximum of $100,000.
The Community Grants Program will operate on a rolling basis, making it as flexible as possible. However, to be considered for funding in this fiscal year, please submit by December 1, 2020. Applicants will submit a pre-application, so that Authority staff can determine if a project is eligible for Measure AA funding. The pre-application asks for basic information about the proposed project, schedule, budget, and partners, and it can be submitted at any time.
- Submit your pre-application by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff will follow up with a phone consultation to assess whether the project is a good fit for the Community Grants Program. If Authority staff determines a project is appropriate for the Community Grants Program, staff will work closely with the project proponent to develop a staff recommendation that can be brought to the Board for funding authorization when ready.
The following types of projects are eligible for the Community Grants Program:
- Community visioning led by community-based organizations in EDCs aimed at the development of conceptual plans for implementable shoreline habitat projects.
- Training for EDC leaders to develop, apply for, and implement small shoreline habitat projects in partnership with shoreline landowners, such as planting native plants, removing invasive plants, and cleaning up trash.
- Supporting community-based organizations in EDCs in gaining knowledge of shoreline issues and building relationships with government agencies and nonprofits engaged in shoreline enhancement and restoration in nearby areas so that they can have a voice in the design and implementation of large projects.
- Implementing small shoreline habitat projects with strong community benefits, e.g., community engagement, education, workforce development, career development, leadership development, and community celebrations.
To learn more about Community Grants, please email email@example.com.
Resources for Community-Based Restoration projects can be found on our Resources page.
Virtual Networking Sessions to Build Partnerships
Our current and potential grantees told us that building new partnerships - for restoration projects to be successful in improving habitat, for engaging communities, and to apply for funding - is often difficult. Restoration Authority staff helped facilitate the process of forming 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.