Urban Grant Programs

The Open Space Authority helps connect people to the outdoors in their own neighborhoods through nearby parks, trails, urban community gardens, and environmental education programs. The Authority has two active grant programs that provide funds for urban projects.

Eligible Applicants

Open Space Authority Urban grant program

This competitive grant program, funded by Measure Q, addresses the needs of urban communities, including areas that currently have limited access to preserves and parks. The grant program aims to fund projects that will improve the quality of life for urban residents.

Now accepting applications for the 2020 grant cycle

To learn more and apply for an Urban Grant, please click the button below.

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Qualifying projects:

  1. Environmental Stewardship and Restoration
  2. Parks, Trails, and Public Access
  3. Environmental Education
  4. Urban Agriculture/Food Systems

Eligible Applicants

  1. Public Agencies
  2. Schools and School Districts
  3. Nonprofits

Awards

  1. Small Grants (programs only) will range from $10,000 - $39,999
  2. Large Grants (all project types) will range from $40,000 - $250,000
  3. A 25% match is required, which can be met through in-kind services, supplies, or cash, or through matching funds from other sources.

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20% funding Program

This grant program, referred to as “20% Funding,” has been setting aside 20% of the Authority’s capital fund annually for urban open space projects since 1997. Once a year, funds are allocated to participating cities and the County of Santa Clara based on each jurisdiction’s percentage of parcels within the Authority’s benefit assessment district.

How to apply

Requests for open space project funding originate with the participating jurisdictions. City and county staff apply for funds to support specific projects that meet their own and the Authority’s open space requirements and goals.

Download the Guidelines and Application

20% Funding Program Guidelines
20% Funding Program Application
 

Qualifying projects:

  1. Land acquisition
  2. Environmental restoration
  3. Improvements that provide or enhance open space, including:
    • Increasing public appreciation of open space, such as trails, overlooks, and interpretive signage
    • Converting surplus or abandoned lands

Eligible Applicants

  1. City of Campbell
  2. City of Milpitas
  3. City of Morgan Hill
  4. City of San Jose
  5. City of Santa Clara
  6. County of Santa Clara

Awards

Funding available varies by jurisdiction

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Point of Contact
Megan Dreger
Grants Administrator
mdreger@openspaceauthority.org
(408) 224-7476

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