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Community Action Grant

Grants to Sacramento, California Nonprofits,
Schools, and Groups to Enhance Local Waterways

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City of Sacramento Department of Utilities - Stormwater Quality Improvement Program

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01/26/19 Receipt


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Sacramento, California nonprofit organizations, schools, community associations, clubs, and groups for projects to enhance the water quality of local rivers, watersheds, and creeks. Funding is intended to support educational and community-based activities and programs that prevent pollution from entering the City's waterways.

Annually, the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities Stormwater Quality Improvement Program provides funding for Community Action Grants. Grants are awarded to projects that improve the quality of the City's waterways. Funds support programs (educational or others) that prevent pollution from entering storm drains, creeks, and the Sacramento and American Rivers.

Community Action grants are part of an effort to establish working partnerships with the local community. They foster environmental stewardship to assist in meeting pollution prevention goals. Teachers, neighborhood and volunteer groups, environmental organizations and other non-profit associations are encouraged to submit their ideas for protecting, restoring or enhancing creeks, riparian corridors, watersheds and rivers within the city.

The City Stormwater Program’s mission is to prevent stormwater and urban runoff pollution, protect water quality and preserve the beneficial uses of local creeks and rivers. Stormwater and urban runoff pollution results when trash, motor oil, hazardous household products, garden chemicals and other toxic materials are spilled or washed by rain or excessive irrigation into the storm drain system where they flow directly into creeks and rivers, untreated. The success of community-based efforts, such as the Community Action Grant program, greatly assists the City Stormwater Program in meeting its pollution prevention goals and maintaining compliance with the regulatory requirements that govern operation of the City’s storm drainage system.

Eligible projects must be implemented within Sacramento city boundaries and/or directly affect the residents of the City of Sacramento.

The following eligible projects are some examples to stimulate ideas. Eligible projects must in some way benefit, protect, or enhance local creeks, rivers, or watersheds.

(1) Education Projects:
- Create materials or outreach activities on ways that people can help prevent pollution in creeks, rivers, or watersheds
- Write a stream or watershed guidebook and conduct tours or field trips
- Create interpretive displays or signs relating to water quality
- Purchase and distribute used oil recycling containers

(2) School Projects:
- Design and/or evaluate stormwater quality control measures (i.e., build a grassy swale in a school parking lot and monitor its effectiveness).
- Go on a field trip to learn about Sacramento’s watershed, creeks, or the rivers
- Conduct an in-class activity which involves student participation in hands-on activities
- Purchase a watershed model for classroom use
- Create a creek, stormwater, or watershed club to adopt a creek, river, or watershed near a school

(3) Community Outreach Projects:
- Coordinate clean-up days on local creeks or rivers
- Hold a creek, river, or watershed workshop for community members, or a symposium on a local watershed
- Manage a storm drain stenciling program or other volunteer activity

(4) Restoration Projects:
- Organize a nonnative species plant removal and revegetation project for creeks or rivers. (Only native vegetation and species may be used in restoration projects.)
- Construct and revegetate stream side interpretive trails

(5) Monitoring Projects:
- Conduct a citizen’s monitoring program on a local creek, river, or watershed
- Evaluate the condition of the natural vegetation, native species, and habitat of a specific creek, river, or watershed

(6) Neighborhood Improvement Projects:
- Start routine neighborhood cleanup events to prevent trash from entering waterways.
- Improve a vacant lot to prevent trash accumulation and illegal dumping
- Develop a community garden that provides education on use of integrated pest management
- Install and maintain trash and cigarette receptacles to prevent litter

Innovation and new ideas are encouraged.

Eligible Projects:

Creativity is encouraged. In general, projects which restore, protect, enhance, or prevent pollution of local rivers and creeks or which benefit the ecology of Sacramento watersheds are eligible for funding.

Projects will generally fall into one or more of the following categories:

-Education: Projects which inform or instruct about the aquatic ecosystem, watersheds, or stormwater pollution prevention
-Schools: Projects which can be organized by teachers, classrooms, or school clubs
-Community outreach: Projects which involve and inspire the community
-Restoration: Projects which restore or enhance riparian habitats, wetlands, creeks, or rivers.
-Monitoring: Projects which measure water quality, species, or habitat
-Prevention/Treatment: Projects that help prevent or treat water pollution, such as eliminating litter

Eligible uses of grant monies include purchase of materials and supplies, equipment rental, promotion of a volunteer event (i.e., printing or postage), volunteer recruitment, meals for volunteers, and purchase of native vegetation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166753

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $3,000 per project

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by July 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

- Schools and student groups
- Service clubs
- Youth organizations
- Homeowner’s associations
- Community and Neighborhood groups
- Property Business Improvement Districts
- Not-for-profit groups
- Informal groups with innovative ideas

Individuals and for-profit groups are not eligible.

Grant money does not cover the following expenses: Planning, research, wages or salaries for labor, travel (except bus rental), curriculum development, and administrative processing fees.

Activities required for compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits or other regulatory requirements will not be funded through the grant program.

Pre-Application Information:

Initial applications are due no later than January 26. 2019. Applications received after January 26, 2019 cannot be accepted for any reason.

The Community Action Grant application is a two-step process with the initial application requesting a one page description of the project plus the amount of money requested.

The initial application is to be filled out completely and returned by email or mail by the deadline date to the Sacramento Stormwater Quality Improvement Program.

The City Stormwater Program will reimburse grant recipients for eligible expenses. Payment will occur after receipt and approval of appropriate documentation (receipts).

If you have any additional questions regarding this community action grant program, the application process, project eligibility, or if you need assistance with your application, please call the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

City of Sacramento Department of Utilities
Stormwater Quality Improvement Program
1395 35th Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95822
Attn: Jessica McCabe

Jessica McCabe, Program Analyst
Public Outreach and Education Element
(916) 808-5921

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