Marin CNPS Micro Grants for 2022

Native pollinator garden at Marin Humane Society

The Marin chapter of the CA Native Plant Society has been supporting botany students with research and thesis project scholarships for more than two decades. We are pleased to announce a new grant format for the coming year, which is aimed at individuals and organizations working in Marin county whose work protects, advocates for and educates the public on our native flora. We are very indebted to the many organizations who help us spread our message and protect our plants.


Native pollinator garden at Marin Humane SocietyThe Marin chapter of CNPS is offering a new type of community grant in the coming year, micro grants, for 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 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
• Preference will be given to applicants who do not have other resources for funding

Deadline for applying is December 15, 2021.

Recipients will be announced and funds will be available by February 1, 2022.

Projects need to be completed in 2022.

Please submit:
Your name, address, email, phone number
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.

Include an explanation of 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, include an explanation of 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.

Proposals that align with any of our three focus areas will be viewed favorably.

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 will benefit their organization.

Submissions should be emailed to by Dec. 15, 2021.

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

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