The Tucson Conserve to Enhance (C2E) program has opened a new round of Community Enhancement Project grants to improve local washes and neighborhood natural habitats. C2E welcomes applications from community groups seeking to improve their neighborhood streetscapes and urban washes. Proposals must come from local groups or organizations, comprised of three or more individuals from separate, unrelated households. Groups of interested neighbors, neighborhood organizations, schools, churches and other local organizations with a physical presence in the proposed project area are all eligible.
Projects eligible for a Community Enhancement Project grant must directly benefit a neighborhood’s natural areas and waterways through conservation or restoration practices, including passive rainwater harvesting in common areas, green infrastructure to mitigate stormwater runoff, native vegetation restoration, and soil conservation and erosion control in or near washes. Grant awards will range from $2,500 to $7,500.
Click here to download the Spring 2014 application packet. The Spring 2014 Grant Round is currently closed. Additional instructions and information are available for download here. The presentaiton from the March 4 public information session is available for download here.
Funds for the Community Enhancement Project grants are raised through direct contributions from C2E participants and donations to the Tucson Water bill check box. The first C2E-funded restoration project was completed in October by Tucson Audubon at the Atturbury-Lyman Bird and Animal Sanctuary trailhead in southeast Tucson. Read more about the project and the volunteer effort that helped make it possible here. For more information on how to participate in the program, click here.