Mini Grant Program

The FRAQMD Mini Grant Program will begin accepting applications at 8:00 am on Monday, January 23, 2017.  Applications should be delivered to the FRAQMD office, located at 541 Washington Avenue, Yuba City, CA  95991

Purpose and Background

The Mini Grant Program is funded by fees paid to the Department of Motor Vehicles for vehicle registration.  The purpose of the Mini Grant Program is to fund projects that provide an air quality benefit in Yuba and Sutter counties by reducing emissions generated by registered vehicles, with a relatively low cost and quick turnaround. The Mini Grant Program was authorized by the FRAQMD Board of Directors on August 3, 2015.  The Program allocation for 2016/2017 is $10,000 from the FRAQMD’s AB2766 funding (section 44220 through 44247 of the California Health and Safety Code).  No individual project can receive more than $2,000. 

Bicycle Rack in Downtown Marysville funded by FRAQMD Mini Grant

Types of Eligible Projects

The types of projects that are eligible to apply for the Mini Grants must reduce vehicle miles travelled directly or through public education programs.  The projects should benefit the people of Yuba and Sutter Counties.  Ideal projects will tie into larger efforts to reduce pollution from motor vehicles.

Examples of eligible projects for the Mini Grant Program include:

  • May Is Bike Month energizer stations in Yuba/Sutter counties http://www.mayisbikemonth.comUp to $100 per station
  • The purchase of flags to initiate the School Flag Program (http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=school_flag_program.index)Up to 100% cost of flags
  • Funding for publicly accessible bicycle racksUp to 100% cost of racks and installation
  • Grants for teachers to provide air quality curriculums
  • “Kickstarter” grants for larger  bicycle and pedestrian projects
  • Publically available electric vehicle charging stations

Projects should not be for personal gain or required by any law, statue, or court order.  Projects that may result in a conflict of interest will not be funded.  Projects must provide a benefit to the general population of Sutter and Yuba counties and should not be for the primary benefit of the individual or organization submitting the application.  Projects that are denied by staff may appeal to the FRAQMD Board of Directors by submitting a written appeal to the Clerk of the Board at least 15 day prior to the next regular meeting of the Board. 

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply for a Mini Grant beginning January 23, 2017.

Download the Application Here:

 

 The Application is also available at the FRAQMD office.  Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2017, or whenever funding has been fully allocated.  Completed Applications should be delivered to the FRAQMD office at 541 Washington Avenue, Yuba City, CA 95991.

Application Process for Air Quality Curriculums, “Kickstarter” Grants, and Projects not Otherwise Defined:

1.     Complete the Application and submit it to FRAQMD ASAP but no later than May 31, 2017 The applicant should clearly identify the goals of grant project, identify the timeline for implementation, and if applicable, the larger project that the Mini Grant will initiate.

2.     FRAQMD will review the Application and send you a letter specifying whether the Application is approved, requesting more information, or denying the Application within 15 business days.

3.     For Applications that are approved, carry out the project as described.

4.     Complete the Post Event Wrap Up and submit it to FRAQMD along with copies of your itemized receipts. The Post Event Wrap Up must be received within one year of Application approval.

5.     FRAQMD will have your check available in approximately two weeks.

 

Application Process for Energizer Stations:

The Mini Grant will allow up to $100 as a reimbursement to a project applicant to host an energizer station, for example during SACOG's regional event May Is Bike Month 2017. 

  1. Complete the Application and submit to FRAQMD ASAP but no later than May 31, 2017.  If the energizer station is not part of SACOG's regional May is Bike Month 2017 event, describe on the Application how you will promote the station and if it's part of a larger event or outreach effort.  
  2. The FRAQMD will send you an award letter guaranteeing up to $100 reimbursement of eligible energizer station supplies.  Eligible supplies include: Drinks (coffee, juice, water, etc.)  Snacks (fruit, yogurt, granola bars, etc.)   Napkins, cups, flatware Ineligible supplies that are not reimbursable include: Staff time to man the energizer stations Tables, chairs, tents, or table cloths
  3.  Submit your energizer station to the May Is Bike Month official calendar at  http://www.mayisbikemonth.com/, if the station is part of SACOG's regional May is Bike Month 2017 event.  
  4. Hold your energizer station and record how many visitors, how the visitors heard about the station, and if they rode their bike today because of the station.
  5. Complete the Post Event Wrap Up and submit it to FRAQMD along with copies of your receipts for eligible supplies.  The Post Event Wrap Up must be received within one year of Application approval.
  6.   FRAQMD will have your check available in approximately two weeks.

 

Application Process for School Flag Program:

The Mini Grant will reimburse a school or group affiliated with a school for the purchase of flags to initiate the School Flag Program as described on the Airnow website maintained by the U.S.EPA:  http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=school_flag_program.index. The Grant will reimburse up to 100% of the cost of the Flags including shipping and taxes.  Not included in the Grant will be the staff time purchasing the flags or the implementation of the program.

1.     Complete the Application and submit it to FRAQMD ASAP but no later than May 31, 2017.

2.     FRAQMD will send you an award letter guaranteeing reimbursement of eligible expenses.

3.     Purchase the flags.

4.     Register your school at http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.schoolflagprogram

5.     Complete the Post Event Wrap Up and submit it to FRAQMD along with copies of your itemized receipts for the flags.  The Post Event Wrap Up must be received within one year of Application approval.

6.     FRAQMD will have your check available in approximately two weeks.

 

Application Process for Publicly Accessible Bicycle Racks or Electric Vehicle Charging Station:

The Mini Grant will reimburse a commercial property owner or public agency 100% of the cost to purchase and install one or more bicycle racks or electric vehicle charging stations, up to $2,000.  The racks/stations must be easily accessible to the general public, located where the public would utilize a them (not a personal residence), and located within Yuba or Sutter counties.  If a commercial property renter is applying, you must submit written proof that you have gained the permission of the property owner to install the rack.

1.     Complete the Application and attach a quote and map showing location for bicycle rack or charging station.

2.     FRAQMD will send you an award letter guaranteeing reimbursement of eligible expenses.

3.     Purchase and install the bicycle rack or charging station.

4.     Complete the Post Event Wrap Up and submit it to FRAQMD along with copies of your itemized receipts  and a photo showing the rack/station installed, within one year from Application approval.

5.     FRAQMD will have your check available in approximately two weeks.

How Projects Will Be Awarded

Projects will be awarded first come/first serve based on when application is received by the FRAQMD if they are deemed to be eligible for the Mini Grant Program.  Applications will be accepted beginning at 8:00 am on Monday, January 23, 2017.  Applications can be submitted until May 31, 2017.  Applications will no longer be accepted once the available funding is awarded.

The FRAQMD will review the Applications and deem them eligible or ineligible within 15 business days.  The FRAQMD will send a notice of such determination and an award letter if eligible by mail or email as provided on the Application.  The award letter will identify any additional instructions based on the project type as appropriate.

All projects should be completed and Post Event Wrap Ups submitted to the FRAQMD within one year from Application approval.

All awarded Mini Grant Program projects will be reported to the FRAQMD Board of Directors.

 

Forms Available for Download

Contact Information

For more information please contact Sondra Spaethe, FRAQMD Air Quality Planner, at (530) 634-7659 ext 210 or email (redacted)