Community Enhancement Grant

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About the Program

Since 2000, the City’s Community Enhancement Grant (CEG) program has provided grants for non-profit community and school groups, such as clubs and booster organizations to choose a community beautification or environmental project, such as a recycling program, tree planting, litter collection, composting, waste reduction program, water/energy conservation, food diversion (composting, donation or recovery), public outreach and education program, or similar environmentally-related activity to conduct. Organizations who apply must be located in the City of Thousand Oaks.

Funding comes from the City’s Solid Waste Management Reserve Fund. Therefore, projects must have an environmental benefit. Examples include litter removal, tree planting and/or trimming, mulching, recycling programs, composting, non-native plant removal, food waste reduction, water conservation or other waste reduction and/or community beautification activities  (Note: e-waste recycling and paper shredding events are not eligible for this program). Only projects independently proposed and implemented by the applicant will be considered. Funding amounts will range from $2,000 to $5,000.

The grants are competitive and scored by the Community Funding Review Committee. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for creative, independent environmental projects.  All grant proposals must be submitted using the CEG application and budget worksheet during the application filing period.

 

UPDATE: THE CEG 2019-2020 APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED

The CEG Application Process

Choosing a Project

See the 2017-18 Community Enhancement Grant report to City Council.

Click here to view projects that received funding for the 2017-2018 Grant Cycle

Featured Project: Community Conscience
During the 2016-2017 grant cycle, Community Conscience removed diseased oleander, added a new irrigation system, mulch, and California native plants to an area that borders a public thoroughfare. The monarch butterflies have since populated the area. Click here to watch a short video of their project.

Featured Project: Conejo Elementary/OCLM Outdoor Classroom Project
During the 2012/2013 school year, Conejo Elementary / Open Classroom Leadership Magnet School used CEG funds to create an outdoor classroom learning environment on the school campus, which included raised garden beds, reading areas and a composting center. This YouTube video shows highlights from the project.

Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ]

How much is available in grant funds?
Applicants are eligible for a minimum grant award of $2,000 and a maximum of $5,000.

Who is eligible to apply for the grant?
Non-profit organizations with a 501(c)3 designation, who meet the requirements may apply. Typically, groups will have a designated person responsible for completing and submitting the application, as well as coordinating the project.

How do I know that my application has been received?
You will receive an email reply from the administrator. If you do not receive an email reply, please call the CEG coordinator (see below).

How do I find out the status of my application?
After the submittal deadline, applications will be reviewed and scored by a committee and award recommendations will be presented to City Council at a Council meeting. All applicants will be notified of the results after the Council meeting.

How long do I have to complete my proposed project?
Projects must be completed within the term of the grant agreement between the City and the grantee. The period is typically from the date that the City contract is signed by all parties until the grant year deadline.

If awarded, when will I receive the grant funds?
The City shall fund the grantee with the first half of the grant amount upon completion of the grant agreement, and receipt and approval of grantee’s liability insurance policy, and City tax ID form. The city shall fund Grantee with the second half of the grant amount upon receipt of the final project report and budget worksheet. Copies of receipts of approved expenditures should be retained until second half of the grant payment is made by the City.

What kinds of documents do I need to provide after my grant is awarded by the City Council?
Click here to fill out the required City tax ID form which must be submitted if your organization has been awarded a grant by the City Council.  Grantees must also meet City insurance requirements and provide supporting documents.

Questions?

For all questions regarding the Community Enhancement Grant, please send an email to ceg@toaks.org. You will receive a response from CEG coordinator Vanessa Pellegrino, who can also be reached at (805) 449-2439.

Register for the Go Green e-newsletter for notification about future grant opportunities.

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