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Community Grant Program

The District's Community Grant Program Policy contains the eligibility criteria and requirements for the District's two programs. Please use the "Contact Us" link at the top of the page if you would like additional information regarding either program.  

    1. Grant-Writing Technical Assistance Program: This program is available for eligible community-based organizations in Santa Clara County to help build their capacity and ability to contribute to achievement of goals shared by the District.  The program cycle is currently open.  


    2. Micro Grants:  This grant is available to provide financial assistance to eligible entities for planning or implementation of projects or programs that can assist the District in meeting its Long Range Plan’s goals. Grants are limited to $5,000 per organization per grant cycle. The grant cycle is currently closed.


    List of Community Grants Awards:

     FY/$GranteePurpose of Funding
    FY21 $5,000.00Friends of Stevens Creek TrailTo provide "bridge funding" to enable completion of design work and permitting expenses towards the removal of a barrier to juvenile steelhead migration on Stevens Creek. 
    FY21  $5,000.00Grassroots EcologyTo conduct monthly water quality monitoring at 7 Stevens Creek sites while involving and educating local student volunteers in watershed stewardship; and to share findings with the public locally as well as statewide through the California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN).
    FY21 $2,500.00Los Altos Community Foundation (fiscal sponsor) To purchase one "watershed/nonpoint source model" for use as a watershed education tool during GreenTown's twice yearly community creek clean-ups and other educational events.
    FY21 $5,000.00Urban Wildlife Research Project To assist with GPS collaring of gray fox pups to track their movement through urban corridors. Data will allow UWRP to pinpoint the location and number of habitat regions in order to plan for restoration and/or establishment of riparian linkages between distinct habitat regions.
    FY18 $5,000.00Farmer Veteran Coalition at Martial Cottle ParkTo build a refrigeration unit for produce. (The Coalition was disbanded prior to implementation.)
    FY16 $4,000.00California Native Garden FoundationTo expand service delivery for the Aquaponics School-based Farm Program.
    FY16 $8,900.00Campus Community AssociationTo provide in-kind match for the Metcalf Ponds Opportunities & Restraints Report, which evaluated alternatives to improve steelhead trout habitat and passage in the Metcalf Ponds reaches of Coyote Creek by separating the creek from the ponds, revegetating the restored creek with native riparian vegetation, and configuring the channel to optimize its habitat value while preserving the ponds' water management functions.
    FY16 $4,000.00UCCE/Santa Clara 4-HTo install an irrigation system for the "From Healthy Productive Soils to Pasture-Raised Lamb Project" at Martial Cottle Park project.
    FY16 $8,250.00Working Partnerships USATo provide grant match for the Coyote Creek Invasive Plant Removal and Revegetation Project, which provided the planning basis for a pilot project to restore a riparian vegetative corridor along a 2000' stretch of Coyote Creek in north San Jose.
    FY15 $1,000.00Committee for Green FoothillsTo sponsor Coyote Creek Watershed Tour scholarships to enable participation by students and other local residents who would not have been able to participate in the tour without a financial subsidy.
    FY15 $3,070.00Hellyer County ParkTo build a new habitat enclosure for a Western Pond turtle housed at Hellyer County Park Visitor Center. (Request withdrawn prior to implementation).
    FY15 $5,000.00Pathways for WildlifeTo expand existing research to include bobcat genetics in the assessment of landscape connectivity and to obtain a quantitative measure of the relative isolation associated with habitat fragmentation and disturbance in Coyote Valley.
    FY15 $3,000.00Santa Clara County Open Space AuthorityTo reimburse for a portion of the costs for an independent contractor to provide services associated with the design, supervision and installation of a pollinator hedgerow at the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. (Project postponed by Grantee.)
    FY15 $5,325.00South Bay Clean Creeks CoalitionTo continue essential cleanup work performed by volunteers on the Los Gatos Creek and the Guadalupe River. Funding provided for tools, equipment for public outreach, and grant-writing assistance to secure additional funding.
    FY15 $10,000.00Veggielution Community Farm (VCF)To upgrade the farm's irrigation system that is used for approximately 4 acres of row crops and orchard, including approximately 50,000 linear feet of drip line, pressure regulators and other equipment. Agreement Exhibits