Matching Grant Program

Every two years, Ag + Open Space, through our competitive Matching Grant Program, provides funding to public agencies and nonprofits for the protection of open spaces within Sonoma County communities for local agriculture, community recreation, natural resource restoration, and public access. Since 1994, this unique program has provided over $30 million towards projects in all nine incorporated cities and in multiple unincorporated areas, allowing our partners to leverage that funding to develop diverse and innovative projects throughout our county.

Matching Grant Program 2018 Funding Cycle

The application period for the 2018 funding cycle will now run until JUNE 6. Please note that funding through the program can help support recovery efforts in fire-impacted communities through the restoration of habitats, acquisition and development of land for community open space, and other projects. Eligible projects that aid in rebuilding and recovery efforts in affected communities may be given preference.

APPLICATION PERIOD 1/31/18 – 6/6/18
Applications must be received by 5PM Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at the Ag + Open Space office located at 747 Mendocino Ave, Suite 100, Santa Rosa 95401.

Download Matching Grant Program Guidelines (.pdf)
Download Matching Grant Program Application (Microsoft Word .docx)

For more information, contact Jennifer Kuszmar at or 707/565.7266.

A few examples of Ag + Open Space Matching Grant projects include:
The Windsor Town Green (Windsor)
Prince Memorial Greenway (Santa Rosa)
Bayer Farm Neighborhood Park & Gardens (Santa Rosa)
Petaluma Marsh expansion and habitat enhancement (Petaluma)
Meadowlark Field Laguna de Santa Rosa restoration project (Sebastopol)
Riverkeeper Stewardship Park (Guerneville)
Falletti Ranch (Cotati)

Explore projects that have been accepted into the Program in the last four grant cycles:
2016 MGP Board Funding Recommendations
2014 MGP Board Funding Recommendations
2012 MGP Board Funding Recommendations
2010 MGP Board Funding Recommendations
2008 MGP Board Funding Recommendations