Measure Q

Investing in nature

Measure Q was overwhelmingly passed in November 2014, which generates approximately $7.9 million per year for open space protection in the Santa Clara Valley. Passage of this measure allows the Open Space Authority to connect more people with nature by opening more parks and trails, and offering more opportunities to protect our scenic landscapes and their precious natural resources for present and future generations.

Measure Q Goals

Measure Q will accomplish the following priorities set by the Santa Clara Valley Greenprint:


Protect scenic hillsides, open spaces, wildlife, redwood forests, and farmland


Increase public access to open space and help maintain Authority parks and trails


Protect precious water resources including creeks, rivers, and streams


Create new urban open spaces and environmental education programs


In order to ensure accountability, transparancy, and public oversight of all funds collected and allocated under Measure Q, as guided by the Expenditure Plan, the Authority releases an annual status report to explain the amount of funds collected and expended and provide status of projects authorized to receive Measure Q funding. The Expenditure Oversight Committee provides independent public oversight for all funds collected and allocated by Measure Q to ensure accountability and transparency.

Download Measure Q Status Report

Measure Q Grant Programs

The Measure Q Urban Open Space Grant Program addresses the needs of urban communities that currently have limited access to preserves and parks. The grants provide funding for projects to create parks, trails, urban farms and community gardens, and engage children and youth through nature-based education programs.

The Measure Q Environmental Education Grant Program aims to advance environmental literacy and nature-oriented experiences for children, adults, and families free of charge. This competitive grant program will fund nature and science-based environmental education programs and youth engagement projects.