The grant application period is now closed. Applicants will receive updates about their application status in late spring 2019.

Introduction and Purpose

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s (Midpen) Grantmaking Program will make $250,000 in funding available to public agencies, nonprofits, K-12 schools and academic institutions, and private organizations to:

  • Support projects that further the Midpen’s mission;
  • Build the capacity of academic and nonprofit institutions in order to sustain and grow the conservation field; and
  • Facilitate Midpen’s mission and work by building and strengthening partnerships.

Funding Priorities

  • Applied Science
    Proposals under the Applied Science category should focus on academic or practitioner science projects that support the protection and enhancement of natural resources on Midpen lands. The purpose of this support is to develop and disseminate information that advances scientific understanding of natural processes. 
  • Network and Partnership support
    California’s largest and most pressing challenges require working together to discover and implement innovative solutions. Landscape-scale stewardship is critical to ensuring solutions are scalable and have broad impact. Consequently, this funding category focuses on grant proposals that cultivate, sustain, or grow established conservation networks.
  • Access, interpretation, and Education
    Funding for access, environmental interpretation, and education will be directed towards facilitating equal opportunity for all residents to take advantage of Midpen lands while fostering an appreciation for open space protection, nature study and appreciation, cultural resource understanding, and environmental stewardship. Proposals should focus on projects that contribute understanding and appreciation of our natural systems, facilitate opportunities for outdoor engagement and nature-based experiences, especially for underserved communities, or provide nature-based educational and interpretive experiences for children or adults.


A total of $250,000 in grant funding is available in FY18-19. Two funding tiers are available in this round:

  • Sprouts Program for projects up to $25,000; and
  • Roots Program for projects up to $50,000.

Applicants should select the program that matches the amount of funding requested. All three funding priorities are eligible for either the Roots or Sprouts Programs. Application and reporting requirements will vary between the two programs, with the Roots Program requiring additional detail in the proposal during proposal development and reporting.

Eligible Organizations

Eligible applicants must be a public agency, K-12 school or academic institution, or non-profit organization (501(c)(3). Applicants with eligible projects that are not one of these entities such as a private organization may work through a fiscal agent to apply as long as the fiscal sponsorship is established before application submittal and the project has a primarily charitable, scientific, or educational purpose.

Faculty at accredited academic institutions must sponsor research-related projects; practitioner science projects may require faculty sponsorship and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Grants Officer prior to application submittal to establish whether a faculty sponsorship will be required.

Project Location

Projects without a field work component need not take place within the Midpen’s boundaries but all projects must support the 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. Please sign up for the Grantmaking Program Interest List below to receive notifications about our next solicitation.

Questions and Contact

Research projects are required to consult with Midpen staff prior to application submittal to determine whether faculty sponsorship is required. Other applicants are also encouraged to consult with Midpen staff prior to application submittal.

For questions, please contact Melanie Askay, Grants Specialist, at 650-625-6507.