22 February 2017

Clean Water Program Now Accepting Grant Applications

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR PROJECTS THAT HELP PROTECT CREEKS, WETLANDS AND THE BAY

CONTACT
Jim Scanlin, (510) 670-6548

Alameda County, CA—The Clean Water Program is seeking applications for the 2017 Community Stewardship Grant (CSG) program. Deadline for submissions is April 12, 2017. The application packet can be downloaded at www.cleanwaterprogram.org/grants.

studentlittermarch-fosc-may2016-smThe Community Stewardship Grant program facilitates community-based actions that enhance and protect the health of local waterways. Proposed projects must be aimed at stormwater pollution prevention in Alameda County and contain a community or public outreach element. Grants are awarded between $1,000 and $5,000 per project. Total available budget is $25,000.

“Creeks, wetlands and the Bay are threatened by a lot of pollutants—from litter to automotive and garden chemicals that get washed into storm drains. One of the best ways we can protect our local waterways is by tapping into the experience, enthusiasm and creativity of groups right here in Alameda County, with the help of our annual Community Stewardship Grant program,” explained Clean Water Program Manager Jim Scanlin.

Eligible applicants include teacher and student groups, youth organizations, homeowners associations, community groups, environmental groups and other non-profit organizations. Activities range from creek restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and litter cleanups to public education. Projects focused on outreach typically promote stormwater pollution prevention practices such as litter and toxics reduction and proper automotive care. Outreach methods include art projects, events, trainings, videos and printed materials, among others.

Now in its 20th year, the Community Stewardship Grant program has funded well over a hundred grassroots projects. Sample projects funded in recent years:

  • Earth Team worked with students at San Lorenzo High School to plan and conduct two campus beautification events, including a trash assessment, litter cleanup and tree planting. Learn more.
  • Friends of Sausal Creek helped volunteer leaders at 15 sites organize workdays, student field trips, public litter cleanups and trail stewardship events, drawing 1,283 participants over the course of one year. Learn more.
  • Golden Gate Audubon engaged seven East Oakland elementary school classes in learning about waterways, wildlife and stewardship through classroom lessons and field trips. Learn more.

For more information about the Clean Water Program Community Stewardship Grants and projects funded in the past, and to download an application packet, please visit www.cleanwaterprogram.org/grants.