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For Immediate Release
January 11, 2024

Apply for Wildlife Conservation, Education Grants

March 1 is deadline for nonprofits to land grants worth up to $5,000

Novato, CA – Nonprofits that support nature and wildlife education have until March 1 to apply for grants to support environmentally friendly promotions through the Marin County Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Kids hold hands as they stand in a large circle among large redwood trees during an educational outing.One of last year's grant recipients, WildCare, used grants to support its Terwilliger Nature Education Program.

Grants worth up to $5,000 are earmarked for promotions of educational and habitat restoration projects in Marin County. About a dozen nonprofits are awarded grants annually through the program. The nonprofits must be registered as 501©3.

In 2023, 11 grants were awarded worth a cumulative $36,687. Awardees included Chileno Valley Newt Brigade, WildCare, Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed, and International Bird Rescue.

The Fish and Wildlife Commission advises the Marin County Board of Supervisors on expenditures of funds obtained through fines levied for fish and wildlife violations in Marin. The funds are designated by Section 13100 of the Fish and Game Code to be used to enhance fish and wildlife resources in the county and for public education.

The commission is staffed by the Marin County office of the University of California Cooperative Extension, better known as UCCE Marin. Its mission is to sustain Marin’s vital agriculture, environment, and communities by providing University of California research-based information in agriculture, natural resource management, healthy living, and youth development. UCCE programs operate through a partnership of the County of Marin government, the University of California, the federal government, and private funds.

Grant proposals are submitted to the commission chair during the first quarter of the calendar year and are recommended on a competitive basis based on availability of funds. Commission members review applications at their regular April meeting, set funding levels, and vote to recommend projects for approval by the Board of Supervisors.

The grant application form is online. For more details about grant application process, visit the commission website or call (415) 473-4204. 


Ana Medina
Office Operations Manager
University of California Cooperative Extension - Marin

1682 Novato Blvd.
Suite 150B
Novato, CA 94947
(415) 473-4204
Email: Ana Medina
Marin UCCE website