The JLD Ag Fund Grant Program

About the JLD Ag Fund Program

 

Organizations, programs, and projects supported by the JLD Ag Fund are directly related to the preservation, protection and/or promotion of agricultural land and agriculture in Napa County, in keeping with the ideals set forward in our Mission and Goals. Programs or projects should occur in Napa County and should directly benefit Napa County. The JLD Ag Fund suggests alternative options for multi-year proposals or funding of ongoing operating expenses.

If your proposal meets the guidelines above, you may submit a brief letter outlining your proposal, along with information identified on the application form.

Please use two-sided copying when possible. The use of binders or plastic packaging is discouraged. One copy of the proposal will be sufficient. We will contact you if we need a more complete proposal.

The JLD Ag Fund board meets 4-6 times per year. In order for a proposal to be considered during a particular time period, inquiries should be initiated three months or more prior to the desired time review period.
 

 

For more information, please contact the Napa Farm Bureau:
Phone: (707) 224-5403
 

 A new Grant Application will be available in 2020

Grant application requests should be sent to:
The Jack L. Davies Ag Fund
Attn: Grant Review Committee
811 Jefferson Street
Napa, California 94559
Fax: (707) 224-7836
Email: info (at) jldagfund.org

 

High School Scholarship Program

A new scholarship will be available in 2020

JLD Ag Fund is proud to introduce its College Scholarship program for Napa’s graduating high school seniors pursuing studies in agriculture, public policy, environmental studies, or other related fields. Multiple scholarships of $2,500 will be granted to qualified applicants, to help cover the expenses of their first year of college or university.

Included in the application is an essay where students are asked to define the Napa Ag Preserve and explain its importance to Napa County. There will also be an oral interview at the Napa County Farm Bureau on a mutually agreed date.

Good luck!

Past JLD Ag Fund Grants

2017

Provided college scholarships to 5 Napa County graduating high school students pursuing studies in agricultural or environmental fields.

2016

Completed analytical Mapping Project highlighting areas where agriculture is protected or at-risk throughout the Napa County Ag

Preserve, Ag Watershed, conservation easements, in additional to areas potentially at risk of development or subdivision

Awarded funds to support agricultural programs at Stonebridge School

Granted funds to support the LandSmart program Napa Resource Conservation Department, educating youth on preservation

Publication and distribution of Second Edition of Oral Histories of the Napa Valley Ag Preserve

2015

Granted funds to support the Napa Valley Land Trust’s educational public conference regarding Conservation Easements

Initiated analytical Mapping Project to review in Ag protections in Napa County

Awarded funds for essential structural improvements and farming tools for Vintage Farm

Granted funds to support the Ag Program of the Napa Chapter of Future Farmers of America at Vintage High School

Granted funds to support the Ag Program of the St. Helena Chapter of Future Farmers of America at St. Helena High School

Supported Leadership Napa Valley’s “Ag Day”, teaching leadership to a diverse group of Napa County residents

2014

Awarded funds to support Napa County Agriculture in the Classroom programs

2013

Sponsored California Farmland Preservation Conference: A statewide conference highlighting the successes, defining the obstacles and exploring new directions for conserving California agricultural land

Awarded funds to support Napa County Agriculture in the Classroom programs

Granted funds to Stonebridge Elementary School to support their agricultural educational program

Awarded funds to Napa County Resource Conservation District for their Landsmartprogram

2012

Sponsored the California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions (ALAFCO) statewide conference

Published Oral Histories of Napa County’s Agricultural Preserve

2011

Sponsored Napa County Earth Day celebration

Awarded fund to support Napa County Agriculture in the Classroom programs

Granted fund to Preservation Napa Valley to support Historic Barn Tour event

Awarded funds to Napa Historical Society for Harvesting History project

Granted funds to Napa County Resources Conservation District for Student & Landowner Education and Watershed Project (SLWES)

Funded ongoing research for the Oral History Report on the creation of the Ag Preserve

2010

Granted funds to Preservation Napa Valley to support Historic Barn Tour event

Funded research on the housing needs assessment & available urban land inventory in Napa County

2009

Granted funds to develop an Oral History Report on the creation of the Ag Preserve

2008

Funded commemorative plaque for the 40th anniversary of the Ag Preserve which was installed in the lobby of the Napa County Administration building

Funded creation and installation of Ag Preserve display at Napa Valley Museum and hosted several events to highlight the 40th anniversary of the Ag Preserve

2007

Awarded funds to the Napa County Land Trust for the purchase of Wildlake Ranch Granted additional funding for legal research on the extension of Measure J

2006

Granted fund for legal review and research of Measure J and the 2020 Sunset Clause

Collaboration with the Napa Valley Museum on a permanent display on the Ag Preserve to be completed in 2008 for the 40th Anniversary of the Ag Preserve

2005

Granted fund for St. Helena High School Ag Boosters garden tools

Granted funds to Acorn Soupe for Public Awareness and Education Program

Granted funds to Ag in the Classroom for Field Trip Program and Crop Report Art Contest

2004

Funding to support Measure Q, R and S campaign

Granted funds for legal use

2003

Granted funds

2002

Donated funds to the St. Helena High Ag Boosters for construction of teaching facilities and green house

Donated funds to the Vintage High Ag program for material, equipment and tools

2001

Granted funds to the Napa County Ag in the Classroom program.

Granted funds to the Napa County Farm Bureau to assist in funding legal research on conversion of ag grazing land in the south county area to a hotel/resort/conference center

2002

Donated funds to the St. Helena High Ag Boosters for construction of teaching facilities and green house

Donated funds to the Vintage High Ag program for material, equipment and tools

Funded a Napa County Land Use Analysis research paper which compared the economic impacts of resort hotels vs. permitted warehouse/office use

2001

Granted funds to the Napa County Ag in the Classroom program

Granted funds to the Napa County Farm Bureau to assist in funding legal research on conversion of ag grazing land in the south county area to a hotel/resort/conference center

2000

Granted Funds to the Jack L. Davies Napa County Agricultural Land Preservation Fund to update the ABAG Housing Demands Study.

Granted funds to the Land Trust of Napa County to create a Powerpoint multimedia presentation.

1999

Granted Funds to the St. Helena High School Ag Program building project

1997

Awarded funds to the Napa County Farm Bureau to offset costs associated with legal research which was necessary to defend Measure J in the Supreme Court

Funding contribution for landowner education produced by the Napa County Land Trust regardting the benefits conservation easements

1996

Underwriting for legal expenses associated with the fight to preserve and oppose the Juliana development project in Pope Valley

FAQ's

 

 

What is the primary purpose of the JLD Ag Fund?
 
Our primary goal is simple: to conserve a valuable, non-renewable resource – Napa Valley agricultural land, which includes the Napa County Agricultural Preserve. Our objective is to preserve the unique agricultural, rural, and small-town environment presently enjoyed by the community at large.
 
We work towards our primary goal in two major ways. First, by funding continual education about the importance and contribution of agriculture to our community. Secondly, whenever the agriculture lands of Napa County may be threatened, our organization takes the initiative by supporting land use and planning research.
How Does the JLD Ag Fund Work?
 
Our strategy is very basic. Our organization was born of three separate funds, but we found strength in joining together. As a group, we are an excellent information resource, as well as being a ready strategic partner and source of funding for others who contribute to land preservation objectives. Our Board of Directors meets 4-6 times per year to consider grants, other opportunities, and to discuss ways on how to protect the future of Napa County’s agriculture.
 
What are the JLD Ag Fund’s Fundraising Goals?
 
In 2014, we reached our endowment goal, and each year plan on providing up to $50,000 in annual community enhancing grants pursuant to our mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting agricultural lands in Napa County. 
 
How do you raise money?
 
Through the proceeds of public fundraising efforts, private donations and the sales of Querencia, a wine created and produced by the Davies family of Schramsberg. We are also registered with the 1% for the Planet program enabling businesses to donate 1% of their business profits to agricultural preservation in Napa County.

How Can I help?
 
You can make a direct donation, which is tax deductible (501(c)(3) Tax ID 94-2843178) and helps us reach our community outreach goals; you can help sponsor an event by providing resources such as food and wine or support services; or you can volunteer your time or professional services as appropriate. Visit our Contact page to find out how you can connect with us.
 
Stated Goals of the Jack L. Davies Napa Valley Agricultural Preservation Fund
 
Goal 1
To preserve and enhance the agricultural heritage of the Napa Valley through research, education, and stewardship of the county’s agricultural lands. To support patterns of land use and human activities that preserve and enhance the Agricultural Preserve concept and fact.
 
Goal 2
To encourage and support the appropriate use of land through good land use planning as a means to enhance the character and future of Napa Valley.
 
Goal 3
Encourage and support awareness, education, and conservation programs, projects and activities that promote the preservation and stewardship of agricultural lands, including broad public participation in the agricultural decision making process through publications, public forums and printed material.
 
Goal 4
Promote the sustainable use of agricultural lands and encourage the development and implementation of technology and practices that minimize the intrusion of urban uses into agricultural areas.
 
Goal 5
Support patterns of land use and human activities that preserve agriculture, promote environmental quality and a high quality of human life.