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 three active grant programs that provide funds for urban projects:

Measure Q Urban Open Space
Measure Q Environmental Education
20% Funding

In November 2014, the voters approved Measure Q, a funding measure that generates approximately $7.9 million per year for open space protection in the cities of Campbell, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, San Jose, Santa Clara and unincorporated areas of the County. Up to 25% of this amount can be allocated annually to the Measure Q Urban Open Space and Environmental Education grant programs.

Measure Q Urban open space grant program

This competitive grant program 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.

How to apply

We are currently not accepting grant applications. Please check back for updates or sign up for our mailing list to be notified when the next grant cycle opens. Click the button below to learn more about the grant process.

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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. Funding varies by year
  2. A 33% match is required, which can be met through in-kind services, supplies, or cash, or through matching funds from other sources


Learn about past Grantees and Projects

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Measure Q Urban Open Space Grant Program Point of Contact
Megan Dreger
Grants Administrator
mdreger@openspaceauthority.org
(408) 224-7476

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Measure Q ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION  Grant PROGRAM

The 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.

How to apply

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Qualifying projects:

  1. Natural Resources
  2. Water and watersheds
  3. Agriculture
  4. Nature's health benefits

Eligible Applicants

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

Awards

  1. $100,000 available in Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Nonprofits
  2. A 33% match is required, which can be met through in-kind services, supplies, or cash, or through matching funds from other sources.
  3. Applied Materials Foundation has agreed to be listed as a potential source of the required match. Interested parties should email here for more information.


Learn about past Grantees and projects

Measure Q Environmental Education Grant Program Point of Contact
TERI ROGOWAY
Educational Programs Coordinator
trogoway@openspaceauthority.org
(408) 224-7476

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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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20% Funding Program Point of Contact
Megan Dreger
Grants Administrator
mdreger@openspaceauthority.org
(408) 224-7476

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