About the Program

Dr. Mary Leolin Bowerman co-founded Save Mount Diablo in 1971. Mary was a botanist and a student of the flora of Mount Diablo for over 70 years. In her honor, Save Mount Diablo established the Mary Bowerman Science and Research Program in 2013.

The Mary Bowerman Science and Research (MBSR) Program provides small grants, especially to students, for research projects on Save Mount Diablo properties and the network of protected lands in the Mount Diablo region.

Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to applicants who are conducting studies that will enhance the ecological understanding of the region and inform land management and conservation practices.

How to Apply for a Grant for Your Project

Application Process:

Grants are accepted on a rolling basis.

To apply for a grant, your project should:

  • Be affiliated with an academic, nonprofit, or professional scientific entity.
  • Be within the Mount Diablo wilderness and watersheds.
  • Include any permits, maps, or other pertinent attachments.
  • Include a projected budget.

Read and carefully fill out the application.

Submit the completed application as a single Adobe PDF by email, to:

Denise Castro, Stewardship & Outreach Associate

You will receive a confirmation of your application from us within one or two business days.

*We are currently not accepting any more grant applications. The grant application cycle will relaunch on April 1, 2020.

Join us in December 2019 for the next Mary Bowerman Science and Research Colloquium

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