As an initial step toward building the capacity of California communities to participate in the implementation of AB 617, the California Air Resources Board developed the Community Air Grants Program (Program). The Program assists community-based organizations in their participation in the AB 617 process, and continue to build their own capacities to become active partners with government to identify, evaluate, and ultimately reduce exposure to harmful air emissions in their neighborhoods. In June 2018, CARB awarded 28 grants under this new Program.Eligible entities include: community based non-profit groups; California Native American Tribes; and faith-based organizations, with proposed projects exclusively for the purposes of AB 617 community participation.
Examples of what Community Air Grants are being used to fund includes, but is not limited to:
- Community engagement and outreach related to AB 617
- Hiring consultants and/or technical experts
- Travel and logistical support for hosting and/or attending meetings related to AB 617 (i.e., room rental, meeting facilitation, transportation)
- Support for community operated air monitoring
- Data collection and analysis, including community based participatory research projects
In preparation of releasing a new solicitation in 2019, CARB staff hosted two Learning Sessions with community partners that applied for or intend to apply for Community Air Grants. The purpose of this meeting was for CARB staff to listen and learn from public. CARB staff will use feedback and comments to improve the next round of Community Air Grants.