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Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP)

Grants to Texas Nonprofits and Agencies to Engage
Underserved Populations in Environmental Programs

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)

Deadline Date:

12/04/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to Texas nonprofit organizations and local governments for programs that engage underserved populations with conservation, environmental, and outdoor recreation activities. Funding is intended to support hands-on programs and activities.

Grants are available to tax-exempt organizations and local governments introducing non-traditional constituents to TPWD related outdoor recreation, conservation and environmental education programs. The success of this program lies in the partnerships created between TPWD and grass-roots organizations who have already established a relationship with these identified targeted audiences; females, physically/mentally challenged, ethnic minorities, low income and youth.

Eligible organizations can apply to use these funds for programming expenses such as equipment, leasing transportation, staff, liability insurance, food, program materials, etc.

Eligible activities include:

  • Archery
  • Backpacking/Hiking
  • Birding/Wildlife Viewing
  • Camping
  • Canoeing / Kayaking / SUP / Boating
  • Caving
  • Cultural Resource Exploration
  • Environmental/Outdoor Education
  • Equestrian
  • Fishing / Angling
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking¬†
  • Nature Photography¬†
  • Orienteering / Geocaching¬†
  • Outdoor Cooking (Participants Involved)
  • Rock Climbing / Rappelling
  • Shooting Sports

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143601

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to local governments and nonprofit organizations.

Training programs will be reviewed if part of the training involves actual hands-on participation programs. Training and research programs only will not be funded.

Funds cannot be used for facility construction projects, gazebos, ponds, benches, trail building, etc. The CO-OP grant is to be used to fund programs, not construction projects.

Vegetable gardens and agriculture projects are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

The Department offers grant writing workshops, technical assistance via phone or email. You can find out about workshops by signing up to receive the newsletter via email.

CO-OP grants are funded annually following the application deadline of December 4th each year.

Only online-applications are eligible. Deadlines for submission will be at 5:00 PM on the designated date.

Awards will be announced on April 6, 2020. You will be notified via email.

This is a reimbursement grant program. Recipients must purchase eligible items and submit proper documentation before being reimbursed.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Cappy Smith, CO-OP Program Manager
(512) 389-8254

Carly Blankenship, CO-OP Program Coordinator
(512) 389-8209

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