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Chilao School 2018 Access Grant and Escape Program

Grants to California Organizations and Individuals to Utilize a Rural
Space for Arts, Life Skills, Environmental, and Healing Arts Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Deadline Date:

01/31/18 - Deadline date for Access Grant applications. Escape Program applications are accepted year-round.


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Grants to California organizations and individuals for the opportunity to utilize a unique rural location for environmental, arts, cultural, life skills, and healing arts programs. This program is not a cash award; it is a labor for recreation trade program. Programs should facilitate growth, healing, learning, artistic expression, and expanding boundaries.

In your proposal narrative you will be asked to describe both your program and your relevant experience.
Programs may be for one day, multiple contiguous days, or regularly recurring days.

Types of eligible programs/activities:

- Environmental education and interaction including but not limited to seminars, speaker engagements, hiking, walking, bicycling, mountain biking, birding, volunteer projects, programs relating to a specific local plant, animal, biome or issue (climate change, forest management, species in danger), camping, first-time wilderness exposure for inner city youth/adults, special needs individuals and other challenged or underserved populations.

- Arts interaction, creation, exposure and education including all disciplines that can be accommodated; drawing, painting, sculpture, writing, photography, music appreciation and instruction, dance, poetry, story telling, theatre, sewing, beading, all hand crafts. Activities may vary from a presentation to hands-on classes; individual artists seeking space to work for a limited duration may also apply.

- Cultural programs, being defined as any presentation or hands-on activity which celebrates, illustrates and promotes cultural knowledge, understanding and continuity. Examples of cultural programs include basket making, origami, traditional dance, traditional regalia making, language preservation, the study of cultural literature, finger weaving, beadwork, pottery, tool making, loom work, quilt making.

- Life skills including but not limited to safety and self preservation for forest users such as hikers, back packers, campers, mountain bikers, motorcyclists and motorists; and life skills as a general topic, including but not limited to building self esteem, healthy physical habits, communication skills, team work, language skills, sobriety, self defense, nonviolent activism.

- Healing arts, including both body centered and mental/emotional centered classes, workshops and retreats. Examples include yoga, acupuncture, acupressure, meditation, traditional ceremony and traditional healing methods, talking circles, healing-focused guided activities, massage, Reiki, presentations centered on personal growth, group study of healing path work. Redbird does not support product-based seminars or activities where attendees are encouraged to purchase products or services, regardless of how worthy, time tested or desirable they are.

Location Amenities:

Chilao School is a rural, vintage 1963 school house with approximately 2,000 square feet of usable space. The school is open seasonally from April 1 to November 15. The school includes three restrooms, shower, a variety of usable, arrangeable tables, chairs, couches and recliners, kitchenette area with refrigerators, microwave, crock pots, hot plates, chafing dishes, coffee makers; furnished patio with outdoor camp stoves; two television monitors and DVD players, projection screen, chalk boards, pin boards, blackout drapes for light control, piano (should be tuned before use), four air mattresses and bedding upon request. The school has a motorcycle ramp and a portable wheelchair ramp.

The space can accommodate approximately 60 people for presentations, and overnight/ multiple day groups of approximately twenty. There is hostel-style camping inside the school and room for tent, camper and small RV camping outside. There is parking for approximately 35 vehicles with additional, adjacent parking available. Chilao School is located at an elevation of 5,265 feet, or roughly one mile high. The weather is typically cooler than lower elevations and can vary significantly from day time high to night time low. It is recommended bringing a variety of clothing to insure your comfort.

The school straddles a transitional zone from conifer forest to high desert chaparral and is situated within the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. The school is walking distance to a number of trails, twelve miles from Mount Wilson Observatory and two miles from Newcomb’s Ranch Bar and Restaurant. To view images of the area and property please visit Redbird's Facebook page.

Escape Program:

The Escape Program is a work-for-play exchange. The Chilao School property is 4.1 acres and there are simple but necessary tasks to keep it maintained and to improve its usability. These include watering plants, fuel reduction, raking, simple repairs, wood work, touching up paint, exterior building maintenance, and occasionally more complex tasks.

Volunteer labor is met as a 1-3 to 1-4 match - come up and spend a day working on a project - perhaps four to six hours - and earn a 24 hour stay either in the school or on the grounds or both.

The Escape Program runs from April 1 to November 15 with the greatest time of need for participants being from May to September. If the school is already booked for other programs, participants may need to camp on the property instead of inside the school.

Tent, vehicle and small RV camping can be accommodated. The property is not user-friendly for vehicles with long wheel bases.

Artists seeking an extended stay to complete the creation of an artistic work are welcome to apply.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182620

Term of Contract:

Access Grant applications submitted by January 31, 2018 are for the 2018 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Both individuals and organizations may apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the application.

Escape Program applications accepted year-round.

Access Grant applications in narrative format are accepted via email as PDF, Pages and Word documents. Additional attachments should also be PDF, Pages, Word or jpeg. Applications are due by January 31, 2018 for the 2018 school year, however, Redbird will consider proposals received after this date, but may not be able to fit them into the schedule until 2019.

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

Please email applications to

Contact Information:

P.O. Box 702
Simi Valley, CA 93062 USA

Phone: (805) 217-0364

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California