Matching Grant Program 2022

Every other year, 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 nearly $40 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. 

Round 2 is now open!

In response to ongoing interest in the program, we are opening a second application period for the 2022 cycle. The Round 2 application period is open from December 13, 2022 – March 10, 2023. Please see the guidelines and application below.

To help determine basic eligibility, and if you would like help with project development and/or the application, please complete this voluntary Readiness Assessment >>
To access the form in Spanish: Evaluación de Preparación del Programa de Subvenciones Compartidas >>

Questions? Please email Pamela Swan, Grants Coordinator, at matchinggrant@sonoma-county.org

See the projects funded in the first round of the 2022 funding cycle >>

Program Guidelines and Application

Informational Workshop for Applicants

We held a virtual informational workshop during Round 1 of the 2022 cycle on April 21, 2022, and the information still applies for Round 2 (though please note the new application cycle dates above). Watch a recording of the session >> 

Matching Grant Projects

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 all of the projects that have been accepted into the Program:
2020 MGP Board Funding Recommendations
2018 MGP Board Funding Recommendations
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

Agricultural Support and Protection (ASAP) Program

In response to the impacts of COVID-19 on the Sonoma County agricultural community, Ag + Open Space created the one-time Agricultural Support and Protection (ASAP) Emergency Matching Grant Program. In March 2021 our Board accepted nine projects into the program to help alleviate some of the burdens experienced by farms and ranches during the pandemic.  

Learn more about the program and the projects it funded >>