Conserving Marin’s farms and ranches not only means protecting the land through conservation easements, but also ensuring its agricultural viability and helping to steward the health of the land. MALT’s stewardship team supports local ranchers and farmers through small grants and technical assistance in addition to collaborating with public agencies and other private nonprofit organizations.
We believe it’s important these grant opportunities continue to meet the needs of our community. Our Drought Resilience and Water Security Initiative, for example, was an emergency small grants program launched in 2021 in response to a historic drought. Through ongoing dialogue, listening, and learning from our peers, partners and community, we continue to look for opportunities to support Marin’s farming and ranching community and their stewardship of our local landscapes.
Current grant opportunities:
Stewardship Assistance Program
Through our Stewardship Assistance Program, landholders with MALT easements are eligible for grants and technical expertise to implement conservation practices that improve water quality and soil health. Many of these projects are completed with the support of the Marin Resource Conservation District and are often combined with other local, state, or federal conservation funding programs.
Small Grants Program
MALT’s small grants program funds projects that preserve agriculture, protect biodiversity, connect our community, and build climate resilience. The grant program values social justice, prioritizes agricultural and operational diversity, and encourages climate smart conservation practices that increase agricultural utility and protect soil and water quality. These grants are available for ALL Marin County agriculturalists.