Neighborhood Sustainability Grants

Overview

The Neighborhood Sustainability Grant was created to inspire creative projects that enhance community sustainability efforts and foster community partnerships that promote sustainable and healthy lifestyles. The Neighborhood Sustainability Grant is funded through the Environmental Management Fee and Water Services Fees. Individuals, groups of individuals, community groups, educational groups, and not-for-profit organizations (501 C-3) whose projects are within Flagstaff city limits are eligible for awards up to $2,000.

Each year, the Sustainability Commission invites local community groups and residents to apply for funding. Neighborhood Sustainability Grants can help launch or continue community sustainability projects. Successful projects will further sustainability or water conservation goals, include education and outreach to the broader community, and will involve volunteer engagement or building community partnerships. Projects in the below areas are encouraged.

  • Climate Action
  • Food
  • Resilience
  • Waste
  • Water Conservation

2020 to 2021 Grant Cycle

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2020 to 2021 grant cycle.

Submit an application

All applications must be submitted using the SurveyMonkey Application Form no later than 11:59 pm. Arizona Time on May 31st, 2020.

We strongly recommend that you complete application questions in an offline platform such as Microsoft Word to avoid loss of information due to potential internet connection issues. PDF Applications (PDF) and Word Applications (DOCX) versions are available with detailed instructions and requirements. Please copy and paste your responses into SurveyMonkey.

Grant Categories

The Sustainability Commission is seeking projects in the following five categories. Criteria for each category is included as follows to provide guidance, and will be used in grant evaluations. The best projects will meet all three criteria.

Food

  • Improve access to and education on healthy, sustainably-grown food including gardens and backyard livestock.
  • Increase food recovery efforts that redirect access food to food insecure populations.
  • Increase pollinator habitat.

Waste

  • Educate and promote proper recycling and waste prevention behavior.
  • Increase recycling and composting opportunities and infrastructure.
  • Increase access to sharing economy and reuse opportunities.

Climate Action

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy use in buildings, transportation, or consumption.
  • Educate participants or community members on impacts of climate change in Flagstaff.
  • Encourage participants or community members to take local climate action through behavior change or community actions.

Resilience

  • Provide learning opportunities for community members on resilience and adaptation concepts.
  • Provide opportunities for community members to connect with each other, and/or share knowledge and skill sets.
  • Strengthen community systems, improving community preparation for or response to extreme weather, economic uncertainty, natural disasters, or other events.

Water Conservation

  • Educate community members and businesses about the importance of water conservation and individual impacts.
  • Reduce potable water use.
  • Explore or utilize innovative technologies and practices to conserve water.

Application Review & Disbursement Process

The Sustainability Commission in partnership with the Sustainability Program will review grant applications and determine awards.

  • The Commission reviews all grant applications and determines awards during the June and July meetings. Water Conservation projects are reviewed in June and Food, Resilience, Climate Action and Waste projects in July.
  • Sustainability Commission meetings are held from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on the fourth Thursday of the month at City Hall, which is located at:
    211 W Aspen Avenue
    Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    Please refer to the Sustainability Commission webpage for meeting dates and agendas.
  • Attendance at the corresponding Sustainability Commission meeting is mandatory to be considered for a grant.
    • Applicants will have 5 to 7 minutes to provide an overview of their project.

Grant Recipient Requirements & Reporting

If selected for a grant, applicants are required to:

  • Submit a W-9 tax form to Sustainability@flagstaffaz.gov. Once submitted, applicants will receive grant funds in the form of a check between six and eight weeks.
  • Meet with Commission grant liaison or City staff within the first month of the project start date to review the project timeline and goals.
  • Within 30 days of completing the project, grant recipients must provide a final report through SurveyMonkey.
  • Recipients must also provide a project completion presentation to the Sustainability Commission during the July meeting of the following year (or one year from award date) highlighting the information provided in the final report.

Past Projects