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Grantmaking Program

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New Grant Funding Opportunity

In August 2021, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District announced that $250,000 in funding will be available through the 2022 Grantmaking Program grant round.

Organizations were invited to submit pre-proposals by Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Based on pre-proposals received by the September 1 deadline, select applicants will be invited to submit full proposals. Full proposals will be due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.

Grants will be awarded in two tiers: tier 1 is for projects up to $25,000 and tier 2 will fund projects between $25,001 and $50,000. For more information, access the request for proposals, Frequently Asked Questions, and public webinar recording.

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The funding priorities for the 2022 Grantmaking Program are:

  • Applied science - advancing scientific understanding of natural processes and/or promoting environmental stewardship.
  • Partnership and network support - cultivating, sustaining and growing conservation networks. 
  • Access, interpretation, and education - educating and promoting open space protection. 

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Applied Science

Proposals under the applied science priority should focus on academic or practitioner science projects that support the protection and enhancement of natural resources on Midpen lands. The purpose should be to develop and disseminate information that advances scientific understanding of natural processes. Proposals submitted in this round must focus on Our Changing Ecosystems.

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 toward facilitating equitable access and broad 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/or environmental stewardship.

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    Lifelong connections to nature are often kindled in childhood, however, some of today’s youth have few opportunities to explore and experience undeveloped natural landscapes. A funding recipient of Midpen’s new grantmaking program, Vida Verde Nature Education, is working to change that.


     Key Dates

    Sept. 1, 2021Pre-proposals due
    Sept. 20, 2021Invitations to submit full proposals
    Oct. 22, 2021Full proposals due
    January 2022Award Notifications