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Marin CNPS Micro Grants for 2023

The Marin chapter of the California Native Plant Society is pleased to offer the next round of funding for micro grants, intended to assist with projects that advance our mission. The California Native Plant Society is dedicated to protecting and advocating for California’s native plants. The Marin chapter focuses on three areas: expanding our knowledge about what grows in Marin, advocating for native plants and their habitats, and encouraging the use of native plants in public spaces and home gardens.

We will be offering 3 grants of up to $1,000 each for projects that meet the following criteria:

  • The project must be in Marin county.
  • The project must not be an ongoing, repeating or annually occurring event or expense unless the funds will support a new expansion of an existing program. We are looking to fund unique opportunities.
  • The funds must benefit native plants, native plant knowledge and education, and the organizations and people who care for the lands where these plants grow.
  • Individuals, nonprofits, community organizations, educational facilities and local governments are welcome to apply. Current board members and committee chairs of the CNPS Marin Chapter are not eligible to apply.
  • Special consideration will be given to applications that have a limited window to get accomplished or close an important gap in knowledge.

Deadline for applying is December 16, 2022. Recipients will be announced and funds will be available in early February 2023. Projects need to be entirely or substantially completed in 2023.

Please submit:

Your name, address, email, phone

The name and contact information of the organization you are working with or for, if applicable

A single page letter explaining the project/equipment/training/event you desire funding for. Explain how this will benefit native plants in Marin county and contribute to your and our knowledge about, protection for, and caretaking skills for our native flora. If the proposal is for a native plant garden, please explain how the garden will be maintained. Include a very simple timeline of the steps to completion, the overall budget and what portion of it this funding will be spent on.

If you are applying as an individual working on a project that will benefit a local government, nonprofit, school or other entity, please submit a short note from the organization confirming that this project is supported by their organization.

Submissions should be emailed to by Dec. 16, 2022.

Grant recipients will be asked to report on their completed project to Marin CNPS, in a form to be determined with each recipient.

About Learn Scholarships

Howard – Kohn Scholarships

The Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is pleased to offer the Howard-Kohn Memorial Scholarship for the 2022-2023 Academic Year


The Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is pleased to offer scholarships to students doing research on plant systematics, plant ecology, plant physiology, plant community restoration or other related botanical studies of native plants that grow in habitats in Marin County or other local habitats in Central and Northern California.  Students researching topics related to native plant and native habitat conservation are especially encouraged to apply.

This year, one Howard-Kohn scholarship for the amount of $3000 will be available. Evaluation of student applications will focus on the stated purpose of the research, research plan, and overall impression of the research project.  Extra consideration will be given to proposals for work on one or more species that grow in Marin County, work to be carried out in Marin County, and work having special potential for improving conservation of California native plants or educating the public about them. Additional smaller scholarships may also become available throughout the year; please check the Marin CNPS website for details.

Additional smaller scholarships may also become available throughout the year; please continue to check the website for details.

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2022

More Details and Application Form

Note that during the shelter-in-place order, documents may be submitted electronically to

2021 Howard-Kohn Scholarship – awarded !

The Marin Chapter of CNPS is pleased to announce the results of its 2021 scholarship competition. Emma Fryer of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo will receive the Howard-Kohn Memorial Scholarship for the proposal titled “Vertic Clay Endemic Desert Annuals of the San Joaquin Desert.” Sushmita Poudelof UC Santa Cruz, will receive a Special Award of Merit for the proposal titled “Study of blue oak ecotypes across mesic and xeric sites in California.” Nicole Ibanez of the University of San Francisco will receive a Special Award of Merit for the proposal “Climate as a driver of divergence in soil specialist plants.” We wish all of the winners great success in their work and look forward to learning of the results of their research.

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