Bay Area Barns and Trails (BABT) is pleased to announce that after review and research, the Board of Directors selected 8 projects from 5 counties for grant awards totalling $29,000. With these awards BABT continues our mission of preserving and protecting public access to stables and trails in the Bay Area. To learn more and to help support their projects please see below:
- Concord Mt. Diablo Trail Ride Association: Funding for new sand in their arena, used by many horse clubs, near Clayton CA.
- Diablo Heritage Equestrian Association: Reconstruction of bleachers at the CMDTRA arena on Mt. Diablo.
- Halleck Creek Ranch: Funds to assist implementation of a manure and storm water management plan to protect local streams near their stables, which offer therapeutic riding programs in Nicasio.
- Ocean Riders of Marin: Matching funds for their ongoing progress towards construction of a new covered arena, which will enable more year-round programing at their stable on GGNRA land near Muir Beach.
- Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation: Matching funds for the construction of 8 miles of new multi-use trails at Taylor Mountain, near Santa Rosa.
- San Mateo County Parks Foundation: To assist with the re-route of the storm-damaged Alambique Trail in Wunderlich Park in Woodside.
- Tri-Cities Horsemen’s Association: Matching funds for perimeter fence panels and an announcer’s booth supporting their efforts to save the public arena at the Radke-Martinez Shoreline Regional Park.
- Tri-Valley Trail Conservancy: Matching funds for the construction of a multi-use trail bridge connecting Livermore’s Sycamore Grove Park with EBRPD’s Del Valle Regional Open Space.
Since 2000 BABT has helped conservation minded equestrians preserve and restore natural areas and wildlife habitat, maintain parks and public open space, equestrian facilities, trails and trailheads by awarding approximately $292,000.00 in matching funds to thirty-nine land trusts, agencies and/or equestrian organizations. Bay Area Barns and Trails invites equestrians to submit funding requests for stewardship projects which will enhance equestrian trails, stables, pastures, and staging areas located in the San Francisco Bay Area counties. Questions should be made by e-mail to BABT Treasurer, Morris Older or by phone at 925-254-8943, before completing the form.
*$2500 is our maximum standard grant. However, special grants of up to $5,000 may be available for larger projects with matching funds from other sources.