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Fund for Trails and Open Space

Grants to Mendocino County, California Nonprofits for Open
Spaces, Parks, and Trails Intended for Public Recreational Use

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation of Mendocino County (CFMC) - Field-of-Interest Funds

Deadline Date:

01/15/19 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 to Mendocino County, California nonprofit organizations for open spaces, parks, and trails to be used for recreational purposes. Funding is intended for programs that involve volunteers and that aim to restore, preserve, and acquire outdoor open spaces that are free for the public to use for low-impact recreational activities. Low-impact is defined as resource-oriented outdoor recreation that complements the unique and natural features of a site without harming the environment. The Fund believes that activities in the natural world contribute significantly to mental, physical, and spiritual health, and well-being.

Projects may include:
- Equipment for preservation and restoration projects;
- Improvements to existing facilities or construction of new facilities, including but not limited to, trails, trailheads, restrooms, parking areas, informational/interpretive kiosks, and directional signage;
- Planning for development or acquisition of new parks, trails or other public open spaces.

All project areas must be free and open to the public and projects must have low impact on the environment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184733

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant range: $500 - $1,000

Term of Contract:

Projects and/or activities supported by a Field-of-Interest grant should be concluded by April 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In 2019, the Community Foundation welcomes proposals from Mendocino County non-profit organizations for projects with strong volunteer involvement to acquire, preserve, or restore parks, trails and open space areas.

To apply, organizations may not have an open Field-of-Interest grant and all previous reporting must be successfully completed. In addition, applicant organizations must:
- Serve residents of Mendocino County. Applicants not headquartered in Mendocino County must ensure that all grant dollars requested are spent within the County;
- Be legally chartered in California and in possession of determination letter from the IRS declaring the organization a public charity that is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3); or be a school district, tribe, or special district (e.g. community services, recreation, fire protection); or have an aligned mission with a fiscal sponsor;
- Have two years of operational history;
- Conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, or religious affiliation.

Applicants may not use grants for:
- Political contributions or to support political campaigns or lobbying;
- Influencing the outcome of or participate in any public election or to carry on, directly or indirectly, any voter registration drive;
- Purposes other than those which are religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational within the meaning of Section 170 (c)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code;
- Purposes other than those stated in the grant award.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due online by January 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply at least 5 days in advance of the deadline to resolve any technical difficulties or unforeseen Internet connectivity issues. Applicants can access a list of questions and the budget form, and are encouraged to complete them in advance to facilitate the online application process.

Grants recipients will be notified of award by April 5, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Grants are submitted online: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_2295?SA=SNA&FID=35106

Please email your questions to:
Michelle Rich, Director of Grants and Programs
michelle@communityfound.org
Or call: 707-468-9882

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Mendocino County