Program Mission

Midpen's grantmaking program supports organizations and projects that further understanding and protection of our natural world, build the capacity of the conservation field, and facilitate access to the outdoors or augment interpretation and education opportunities for the public. The grantmaking process is guided by an emphasis on investments that reflect a regional focus and provide avenues for partnership, both with Midpen as well as among other stakeholders. Grants are awarded in the following categories:

  • Applied science – advancing scientific understanding of natural processes and promoting environmental stewardship.
  • Network and partnership support – cultivating, sustaining and growing conservation networks.
  • Access, interpretation and education – educating and promoting open space protection.

Current Grantees

On July 24, 2019 the board of directors awarded funding to the first round of grantees:

Grantee Spotlight

Midpen's grantmaking program supports organizations and projects that align with our mission. This is the first in a series of profiles of this year’s grantees.

Thrive Alliance is a network of diverse organizations with a shared commitment to strengthen the nonprofit sector and improve the well-being of San Mateo County. Midpen grant funding of $25,000 will be used to fund a series of Environmental and Sustainability Thrive Action Group meetings over the next 3 years. The convenings bring together attendees from nearly 70 organizations throughout San Mateo County to discuss challenges and solutions in the natural resource and conservation landscape through the lens of equity and sustainability. The first meeting was held last month and focused on food waste, packaging and surplus disposal. Nearly 40 attendees gathered to share resources and discuss potential solutions.

Attendees at the first Environmental and Sustainability Thrive Action Group in October 2019


The grant application period is now closed. To receive information about our next round of funding, please sign-up for our email list below.


A total of $250,000 in grant funding was available in FY18-19. 

Eligible Organizations

Eligible applicants must be a public agency, K-12 school or academic institution, or non-profit organization (501(c)(3). 

Project Location

Projects without a field work component need not take place within the Midpen’s boundaries but all projects must support Midpen’s mission. All proposed field work must take place on Midpen preserves and transportation-related projects must be to and from Midpen preserves.

How to apply

The grant application period is now closed. For more information on the previous application cycle, refer to the FY18-19 Grantmaking Solicitation. Please sign up for the grantmaking program interest list below to receive notifications about our next solicitation.

Questions and Contact

For questions, please contact Deborah Hirst, Grants Program Manager, at 650-625-6507

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