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Access Trails and Open Space Grants and Partnerships (D3)

Grants to California Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Schools
for Trail Access Projects in Eligible Locations

Agency Type:

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Santa Clara Valley Water District

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

12/01/20 11:59 PM PST


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, schools, and public conservation and water districts for trail access projects in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support activities that provide new access to creekside trails and trails that link to creekside trail networks, or that create open space access. Funded projects must take place in Santa Clara County.

Sample Projects:

  • The construction of a bridge linking two trails together
  • The creation of a trail that provides a significant link to the creekside trail network 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192590

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum grant amount for each project: $25,000.

Up to 20 percent of the total award amount may be used for planning and design purposes, and the remaining
80 percent must be spent on implementation. The 20 percent may include non-construction costs, including project administration, CEQA compliance, permits, plans, specifications, and design.

Term of Contract:

Grant Agreement should be signed and fully executed between the Grantee and Valley Water by June 30, 2021. Projects must be completed within five years of the date of an executed grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible entities:
- Local cities, towns, and county agencies
- Local non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
- Local non-profits without a 501(c)(3), but can demonstrate that they are an affiliate of a non-profit - organization that possesses 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
- Open space districts
- Mutual water agencies/districts (public, not for profit)
- Resource conservation districts
- Schools, community colleges and universities (not for profit)

All proposed projects must be located in Santa Clara County.

Land Requirement: Grantee must own the land or hold a lease or other long-term interest in the land that is the subject of the Project. Exceptions to the rule include projects proposing use of Valley Water owned land, such as use of a maintenance road for a multiple-use trail; in which case a Joint Use Agreement would be required prior to construction and opening to public access.

Ineligible Projects:

- Projects located outside of Santa Clara County
- Feasibility studies
- Master Planning
- Mitigation projects
- Projects designed to meet regulatory or permit obligations (unless grant funding is for project activities above and beyond required activities)
- Operations and maintenance of existing mitigation or enhancement projects
- Land acquisition, unless parcel(s) or title acquired will be specifically deemed for use in habitat or species restoration or protection

Pre-proposal Conference:

Valley Water will hold two pre-proposal workshops to provide overview of the grant program and funding available, application guidelines and process, including a demonstration of Valley Water’s recently implemented web-based grant administration system (Fluxx) that all parties will be required to use to submit their applications. Participation is recommended but not mandatory

- Valley Water Grants Workshop #1 will be held as follows:
October 14, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Please register in advance for this Zoom webinar:

- Valley Water Grants Workshop #2 will be held as follows:
October 22, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Please register in advance for this Zoom webinar:

Please RSVP to and register at the links above to receive the online Zoom meeting link.

For questions about the workshops, please contact:
Kristen Yasukawa, Supervising Program Administrator
Phone: (408) 604-5356

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates (dates subject to change):

- Release the Request for Proposals (RFP) and open application for online submission: September 28, 2020
- Pre-proposal workshops: October 14, 2020 and October 22, 2020
- Deadline for online grant proposal submission: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (PST)
- Review and evaluate proposals by staff and external members: December 2020–January 2021
- Present evaluated proposals and recommend grant awards to Board of Directors for approval: February–March 2021
- Send out notice of funding to new grantees: April 2021
- CEO executes grant agreements: May–June 2021

Project must meet a minimum 25% matching fund (of total project cost) prior to Valley Water funding.

Awards will be provided on a reimbursement basis.

Eligible Applicants may seek grant funding for more than one project.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

All questions shall be directed to the Supervising Program Administrator, Kristen Yasukawa, via email at

Santa Clara Valley Water District

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USA: California: Santa Clara County

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