2020 Matching Grant Program
Application Deadline Extended

In response to the coronavirus and recent wildfire emergencies, the Matching Grant Program application deadline has been extended until September 30, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Kuszmar at Jennifer.Kuszmar@sonoma-county.org.

Application materials for the Agricultural Protection and Support (ASAP) Emergency Matching Grant Program will be available in September. Look for an announcement here soon. Application materials will be available on this page.

Agricultural Support and Protection (ASAP) Program

In response to the impacts of COVID-19 on the Sonoma County agricultural community, Ag + Open Space is excited to announce the creation of our Agricultural Support and Protection (ASAP) Emergency Matching Grant Program. The ASAP Program will support farmers and ranchers who can demonstrate that, as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lands they farm or ranch may go fallow or be devoted to non-agricultural uses without financial assistance. Funds awarded through the ASAP Emergency Matching Grant Program will go toward keeping agricultural lands productive to support continued access to locally grown food and fiber and keep farming and ranching viable in Sonoma County. We will update this page with program qualifications and the application process in September.

Matching Grant Program Guidelines and Application

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 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.

The Matching Granting Program Guidelines and Application are available below:

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:
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

For more information, contact Jennifer Kuszmar at jennifer.kuszmar@sonoma-county.org or 707/565.7266.