Apply for a Grant

The Martis Fund Grant Application Process

The Martis Fund carries out its mission through three major fund programs: Conservation Open Space; Habitat and Forest Restoration and Management Fund; and the Workforce Housing Fund. The programs are funded by community benefits fees.

  • The Conservation Open Space Fund supports acquisition, maintenance and restoration of open space in Eastern Placer County and the broader region.
  • The Habitat and Forest Restoration and Management Fund supports habitat management and restoration in Eastern Placer County and the broader region.
  • The Workforce Housing Fund supports projects that promote workforce housing development; transit; passive recreation and management and enhancement of open space serving workforce housing; and related community purposes in Eastern Placer County and the broader region.

The basic steps for organizations interested in applying for a grant from the Martis Fund are:

STEP 1: Review the Martis Fund Site Grant Programs

The first step in the grant application process is learning if grant support from the Martis Fund is available for your project or program. The Martis Fund gives grants in the three program areas listed above.

Review carefully the three program descriptions. Each Fund name above links to the program’s application page. There is an explanation of that program and what projects or programs are a fit for an unsolicited letter of inquiry.

STEP 2: Submit a Letter of Inquiry

The next step is to submit a brief letter of inquiry outlining your idea and inquiring about the possibility of funding. Click here to submit a letter of inquiry

STEP 3: Review by the Martis Fund Grants Review Committee

The Grant Review Committee will evaluate each letter of inquiry to determine whether the project or program meets the Fund’s criteria and advances the Fund’s mission. Those submitting promising letters of inquiry will be contacted and invited to submit a formal grant proposal.

STEP 4: Submit a Grant Proposal

The Martis Fund does not accept unsolicited grant proposals.

Grantseekers interested in obtaining funding must first submit a Letter of Inquiry, as described above. Once a formal grant proposal has been invited and submitted, the Martis Fund Grant Review Committee will evaluate the proposal and make a recommendation to the full Board. The Board meets quarterly and considers grant applications at each meeting.

For questions regarding the grant making process or for general questions please contact Heidi Volkhardt Allstead, Program Director at