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Our Parks, Our Future: Increasing Youth Access to State Parks

Grants to California Nonprofits and Agencies for
Projects that Increase Youth Access to State Parks

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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California State Parks Foundation (CSPF)

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Grants of up to $20,000 to California nonprofits and government institutions for projects that increase exposure and access to state parks for youth, especially underserved and disconnected youth. Funding will support transportation and staff costs in order to provide youth with impactful and nature-based experiences.

Funding may be given to programs that have a broad interpretation of increasing access, whether it be through physical, financial, cultural or educational means.

This grant will cover transportation costs and staff time associated with running the program or project; however, applications that request funding entirely for staffing costs are discouraged.

CSPF is committed to increasing youth access and exposure to state parks. It is dedicated to creating meaningful and transformative experiences for youths to facilitate the deep appreciation for parkland that is the foundation of launching the next generation of empowered park stewards.

Our Parks, Our Future is CSPF’s latest initiative that embodies these beliefs. Through policy advocacy and grantmaking, CSPF will work alongside all organizations to expand access, improve equity, and maintain park excellence.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184435

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded up to $20,000. Final award amounts will be determined by CSPF, and may fall outside of the provided range at CSPF’s discretion.

Term of Contract:

The grant term will be 18 months to allow for programming to take place as late as summer of 2020. The grant term will commence on March 1, 2019 and will end on August 30, 2020. All funding must be spent by August 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations certified as tax exempt under Sections 501(c)(3) or governmental institutions are eligible to apply.

This grant will not support operational and overhead expenses that are not directly associated with the program or project.

Pre-Application Information:

- October 1, 2018: Grant cycle opens
- November 16, 2018: Deadline to submit applications
- November 16, 2018-January 2019: Application review
- Early February 2019: Decisions made

While a variety of funding sources is not essential, it is viewed as an indication of broad support for the program or project.


Application FAQ:

Contact Information:

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

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If you encounter technical problems completing the form or have questions about your account, please contact Submittable at

Gabrielle Ohayon, Partnerships Manager
(415) 262-4400

California State Parks Foundation
33 New Montgomery Street, Suite 520
San Francisco, CA 94105

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USA: California