19 February 2016

Clean Water Program Grant Applications Due April 14

Funding Available for Projects That Help Protect Creeks, Wetlands and the Bay

Jim Scanlin, (510) 670-6548

Alameda County, CA—The Clean Water Program is seeking applications for the 2016 Community Stewardship Grant (CSG) program. Deadline for submissions is April 14, 2016. The application packet can be downloaded at www.cleanwaterprogram.org/grants.

The 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.

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 rainwater harvesting 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.

“Pollutants like litter and chemicals are posing a serious threat to the health of our local waterways. With the help of our annual Community Stewardship Grant program, we can tap into the expertise and creativity of groups right here in Alameda County to help us protect our local creeks, wetlands and the Bay,” explained Clean Water Program Manager Jim Scanlin.

For almost 20 years, the Community Stewardship Grant program has funded well over a hundred grassroots projects. Sample projects funded in recent years include:

•    EarthTeam 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 about this project.

•    Old Oakland Neighbors transformed unattractive and under-used public trashcans into mosaic pieces of art, featuring local birds and plants, to discourage litter and spruce up the neighborhood. Learn more about this project.

•    The Alameda Creek Alliance led 460 volunteers in eleven restoration work days at Stonybrook Creek and Alameda Creek at Niles Staging Area in Fremont, and created a brochure to reach out to the larger community at events. Learn more about this project.

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.