Program Mission

Midpen's grantmaking program supports organizations and projects that further understanding and protection of our natural world, build the capacity of the conservation field, and facilitate access to the outdoors or augment interpretation and education opportunities for the public. The grantmaking process is guided by an emphasis on investments that reflect a regional focus and provide avenues for partnership, both with Midpen as well as among other stakeholders. Grants are awarded in the following categories:

  • Applied science – advancing scientific understanding of natural processes and promoting environmental stewardship.
  • Network and partnership support – cultivating, sustaining and growing conservation networks.
  • Access, interpretation and education – educating and promoting open space protection.

Current Grantees

On July 24, 2019 the board of directors awarded funding to the first round of grantees:

Grantee Spotlight

Midpen's grantmaking program supports organizations and projects that align with our mission. This is the third in a series of profiles of this year’s grantees.

San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory is a Milpitas based non-profit dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats through science and outreach including bird walks, science talks, bird banding demos, bird language workshops, hands on avian science activities, bird ID workshops and more. Midpen awarded SFBBO a $25,000 grant to fund a part-time outreach specialist to provide free programming to increase science literacy, appreciation for birds and the issues birds face. In response to COVID-19, SFBBO has pivoted to offer educational virtual events, hosting a series of Birdy Hour Speaker Series events, and their webpage provides family-friendly resources and games to engage the community with birds from home.


The grant application period is now closed. To receive information about our next round of funding, please sign-up for our email list below.


A total of $250,000 in grant funding was available in FY18-19. 

Eligible Organizations

Eligible applicants must be a public agency, K-12 school or academic institution, or non-profit organization (501(c)(3). 

Project Location

Projects without a field work component need not take place within the Midpen’s boundaries but all projects must support 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. For more information on the previous application cycle, refer to the FY18-19 Grantmaking Solicitation. Please sign up for the grantmaking program interest list below to receive notifications about our next solicitation.

Questions and Contact

For questions, please contact Deborah Hirst, Grants Program Manager, at 650-625-6507

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