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 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
- Water Conservation
2020-2021 Grant Cycle: Applications now open!All applications must be submitted using the SurveyMonkey Application Form no later than 11:59pm Arizona Time on May 31st, 2020.
Applications will be accepted from May 1st through May 31st, 2020.
Submit an application
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. and versions are available with detailed instructions and requirements. Please copy and paste your responses into SurveyMonkey.
The Sustainability Commission is seeking projects in the following five categories. Criteria for each category is included below to provide guidance, and will be used in grant evaluations. The best projects will meet all three criteria.
- 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.
- Educate and promote proper recycling and waste prevention behavior.
- Increase recycling and composting opportunities and infrastructure.
- Increase access to sharing economy and reuse opportunities.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 and Disbursement Process
- 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 4:30-6:30pm on the fourth Thursday of the month at City Hall (211 W. Aspen Avenue). 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 5-7 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.