Neighborhood Sustainability Grants

Neighborhood Sustainability Grants

The Flagstaff Sustainability Program sponsors the planning, organization and implementation of localized projects that empower community members to make a difference. The Neighborhood Sustainability Grant was created by the Sustainability Commission to inspire creative projects that enhance community sustainability efforts. The grant seeks to foster community partnerships that promote sustainable and healthy lifestyles through local food production and educate the greater community about issues regarding water, energy and transportation.

Sustainability Priority Areas

- Creating neighborhood gardens and education on local food systems
- Providing instruction/assistance with personal gardens and rainwater collection
- Promoting walking and biking as transportation or as a means to build strong neighborhood relationships
- Educating citizens about local ecosystems, plants, birds, animals
- Restoring local ecosystems, including wetlands, waterways, grasslands, and forests
- Climate resiliency education and adaptation programs
- Reducing waste production and source reduction or increase recycling and composting
- Programs to allow neighbors to share their knowledge and skill sets
- Efforts to assist individuals and community organizations with specific or general water and energy conservation or water quality protection

Guidelines for Neighborhood Sustainability Projects

Individuals, groups of individuals, community groups, educational groups, and not-for-profit organizations (501 C-3) whose projects are within Flagstaff city limits.

Grant Awards:
Preference will be given to proposed projects that include the criteria listed below. Discuss the criterion that applies to your project. Proposals in excess of $2,000 will not be considered.

Project Criteria:
- An educational or outreach component, either as an integral part of the project (example, a workshop) or to communicate the benefits of a specific project to a broader audience
- Volunteers and/or management of volunteers
- Community partnerships
- An educational or historical importance to the community
- Utilization of existing community resources and skills
- Improvement and/or expansion of an existing project

- Applicants are required to abide by all City, State and Federal laws and regulations
- The work must be completed within twelve (12) months of the grant being awarded, otherwise a formal justified extension must be requested
- Any expectation of city water or utilities comes outside the scope of this work, is unlikely, and must be considered separately
- All application materials will be considered public information
- Successful applicants should provide photo and/or written documentation during the close of the project that can be used on City web pages or press releases about the program

If awarded, grant funds may not be used for:
- Pay compensation, salaries, commissions, fees, prizes, premiums, or similar expenses
- Purchase land or buildings

Download an Application

Neighborhood Sustainability Grant

Application Review and Disbursement Process

Complete applications must be submitted by the first business day of each quarter (January, April, July, October) in order to be considered during the next Sustainability Commission meeting (second Wednesday of the month).

Please submit all applications to