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Milpitas community briefs for the week of March 15

Budget meeting
The City of Milpitas is hosting a community meeting on the annual budget on March 18 at the Milpitas Community Center, rooms 7 and 8 at 6:30 p.m. At the meeting, participants will learn more about the where and how city funds are used and provide input on what services should have priority over the next year.
Open Space opens grant program
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has expanded its grantmaking program to $250,000 annually, and added more funding categories. Local organizations can apply for grants at two levels—up to $25,000 or up to $50,000—in support of natural resource and outdoor education projects that further Midpen’s mission and take place in and around its public open space preserves.
Public agencies, nonprofits, K-12 schools, academic institutions and private organizations are eligible to apply for grant funding in three categories: applied science proposals that advance scientific understanding of natural processes and promote environmental stewardship; network and partnership support proposals that cultivate, sustain and grow conservation networks; and environmental education, interpretation and access proposals that educate and promote open space protection.
Since the grantmaking program’s creation in 2007, Midpen has awarded 15 small grants totaling approximately $183,000 to local researchers. The updated program is intended to build a more collaborative, communitywide approach to environmental stewardship by building the capacity of local organizations.
Grant applications will be accepted through March 25 at 5 p.m. For more information, visit openspace.org/grants .

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