Neighborhood Sustainability Grants and Water Conservation Research Grants

Neighborhood Sustainability Grants

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. 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 $5,000.

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
  • Building Energy
  • Public Health
  • Transportation

2021 to 2022 Grant Cycle

Applications for the 2021 to 2022 grant cycle will open on September 1st, 2021.

Submit a Neighborhood Sustainability Grant application

All applications must be submitted using the SurveyMonkey Application Form no later than 11:59 pm. Arizona Time on September 30th, 2021.  Applications are now closed. 

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.

Example of Food Grant Application

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.

Example of Waste Grant Application

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.

Example of Climate Action Grant Application

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.

Example of Resilience Grant Application

Building Energy

  • Educates and promotes the conservation of energy in buildings.
  • Increases access to clean energy in community buildings
  • Reduces building energy use

Public Health

  • Educates community members on public health as it relates to environmental issues
  • Increases accessibility to public health resources
  • Improves social environmental conditions in ways that are likely to result in improved public health, or improved preparation against public health emergencies.

Transportation

  • Educates community members on how to walk, bike, roll and take transit more often
  • Increases access to walking, biking, rolling, and transit options
  • Improves neighborhood mobility or transportation systems

Water Conservation Innovation Grant

Starting this year, Water Services is looking for applicants and projects to help them further conservation efforts by testing new technologies. The Water Conservation Innovation Grant Program was created to foster projects that provide community sustainability and further water conservation efforts. This Grant is funded through 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 $3,000. 

2021 to 2022 Grant Cycle

Applications for the 2021 to 2022 grant cycle will open on September 1st, 2021

Criteria 

  • Supports the Water Conservation Strategic Plan by following one of the outlined Prescriptive Projects
  • Tracks water usage before and after the project
  • Reduces Water Consumption

Submit a Water Conservation Innovation Grant Application

All applications must be submitted using the SurveyMonkey Application Form no later than 11:59 pm. Arizona Time on September 30th, 2021. Applications are now closed.

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.

Projects

Water Services is looking for applicants and projects to help them test new technologies and what their potential water savings would be.  Some projects are:

  • Replace irrigation controller with a WaterSense labeled irrigation controller
    • Applicant will replace one or more conventional irrigation controllers with a controller that is WaterSense certified. Water use trends before and after will be monitored. 
  • Install a home water usage monitoring device such as Flo or Flume
    • Applicant will install one or more water usage monitoring devices. These devices provide accurate water use data for various uses across a home or business and can detect leaks. This data is much more specific than a monthly read. 
  • Replace a traditional lawn area with Pearl’s Premium
    • Pearl’s Premium is a low-water use turf mix that has not been tested in Flagstaff. Water Conservation would like to know if it grows well at high elevation. If so, it may be suggested for use in City applications. Applicant would agree to replace some or all of an existing lawn with this product and assess its suitability. 
  • Install a graywater toilet tank sink such as SinkPositive
    • Applicant will install one or more toilet tank sinks. Water use trends before and after will be evaluated. Customer does not need to remove other sinks in the lavatory.
  • Propose to test out another piece of water saving technology or an innovative water saving technique. 

All projects should demonstrate in their application how much water they estimate will be saved by the project, how they will track water saved, and in-depth details and a plan on how they will carry out one of the prescriptive projects above.

Example of Water Conservation Grant Application

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 November/December and Food, Resilience, Climate Action and Waste projects in October and November/December.
  • Sustainability Commission meetings are held from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on the fourth Thursday of the month over Microsoft Teams.
    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 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 Commission meeting one year from the award date highlighting the information provided in the final report.

Past Projects

Contact

Questions? Contact Marissa Molloy at Marissa.Molloy@Flagstaffaz.gov or call 928-213-2152

Grant Workshop

Have a project idea? Not sure where to start? Join us for a virtual Workshop where we will go over the Neighborhood Sustainability Grant, Water Conservation Research Grant, and Beautification in Action Grant materials and then open it up to questions and feedback.
Saturday, September 18th, 1:00-3:00pm
Online via Zoom


Questions? Contact Marissa- marissa.molloy@flagstaffaz.gov, 928-213-2152.