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2018 Community Action Grants

Grants to Sacramento, California Nonprofits,
Schools, and Groups to Protect Local Watersheds

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City of Sacramento - Stormwater Quality Improvement Program (City Stormwater Program)

Deadline Date:

01/19/18 Receipt


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Grants of up to $2,500 to Sacramento, California nonprofits, schools, associations, clubs, and groups for community-based projects to enhance water quality in local rivers, watersheds, and creeks. Funding may be requested for educational activities and programs that prevent pollution from entering waterways.

Community Action Grants are part of the City Stormwater Program’s effort to establish working partnerships with the local community and foster environmental stewardship to assist in meeting pollution prevention goals. Teachers, neighborhood groups, volunteer groups, environmental organizations and other nonprofit 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 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.

Projects Eligible for Funding:

The following projects are examples to stimulate your ideas. Use your imagination! Have fun! Just remember: eligible projects must in some way benefit, protect, or enhance local creeks, rivers, or watersheds.

(1) Education Projects
-Develop a slide show, video, or public service announcement about stormwater quality
-Create a booklet of historical information about a creek, river, or watershed
-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
-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
-Adopt a creek, river, or watershed near your school
-Design and/or evaluate stormwater quality control measures (i.e., build a grassy swale in your school parking lot and monitor its effectiveness).

(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 your 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
-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

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

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

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.

At a minimum, awarded applicants must:
-Include a pollution message or help reduce pollutants to local waterways or the storm drain system.
-Obtain appropriate permissions and/or permits for the project where applicable.
-Demonstrate the ability to complete the project.
-Provide the City Stormwater Program with copies of any publications pertaining to the project
-Acknowledge the City Stormwater Program as a funding source in all project related promotional materials.
-Photograph/document project activities and provide copies to the City Stormwater Program.
-Provide the City Stormwater Program with a brief project report upon completion of the project.
-(For Teachers only), provide the City Stormwater Program with student work to demonstrate project completion.
-Use only native vegetation and species in restoration projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166753

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $2,500 per project

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by July 1, 2018.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Schools and student groups
-Service clubs
-Youth organizations
-Homeowner’s associations
-Community and Neighborhood groups
-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 19, 2018.

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

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

(916) 808-5921

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USA: California: City of Sacramento