What? Next Tuesday is the first official day of Spring? Wait! Weren't we just celebrating the New Year not so long ago? How did the time creep up on us so fast? eCivis Grants Network™ to the rescue as it helped us quickly identify three outdoor-related grants from our preaward product so municipalities can help their residents enjoy the coming warm days and fresh air. Below is a mix of upcoming state and foundation park and recreation grants for selected areas.
Explore the Coast Grants - California
Did you know there is scientific research that supports the idea that going to the beach is good for both our physical and mental health? The ocean can influence our brainwaves to decrease stress and increase creativity. The Explore the Coast grant from the California State Coastal Conservatory wants to help more people do just that, especially if they have challenges getting to the shoreline. This program will support projects that increase recreational, educational, and/or stewardship opportunities at California's beaches. Eligible projects should:
- Provide a coastal experience for people who have traditionally had barriers accessing the coastline including people with disabilities, ESL communities, people in lower-income communities, and students from Title 1 schools.
- Make it possible for people to visit the coast for the first time in their lives.
- Provide recreational, environmental, cultural or historic learning experiences.
- Encourage stewardship of coastal resources
Examples of eligible activities include:
- Providing the fare so people can visit the coast via public transportation.
- Helping people with disabilities overcome physical obstacles such as providing beach wheelchairs or guided programs.
- Support programs for those who wish to become volunteer stewards.
- Public education and awareness campaigns to spread the word about these programs and encourage coastal recreation.
Eligible applicants include Native American tribes, state and local governments, and nonprofits within the state of California. Applications are due April 16, 2018.
P.S. A big thank you to everyone who bought an environmental specialty license plate, because this grant is one of the programs that fund supports.
Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program - Florida
More Floridians will also be enjoying sun and shore thanks to the The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. It will make more outdoor recreation opportunities to the public available by helping local governments acquire and develop land for outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Eligible projects are those looking to acquire lands and waters or make additions to existing holdings for parks, forests, wildlife areas, beaches, and other similar areas that include the following types of facilities:
- Sports and play fields/spectator facilities.
- Picnic areas.
- Swimming/boating facilities.
- Fishing/hunting facilities.
- Camping facilities.
- Exhibit facilities.
Eligible applicants are local governments within the state of Florida. The deadline is March 26, 2018.
Gates Family Foundation Capital Grants - Colorado
Connection to nature is one focus area in the Gates Family Foundation Capital grants program serving municipalities in Colorado. This program is for capital projects such as purchasing land or buildings, new construction, renovations and expansions. Applicants should have strong community support and incorporate green design and development practices into their projects. In addition to parks and recreation, the other four focus areas are as follows:
- Arts and culture.
- Well-being of children, youth, and families.
- Community development.
Eligibility is limited to applicants serving Colorado and its ultimate purpose is to enhance well-being for all those whose lives intersect with the state of Colorado. The next deadline is April 1, 2018.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Colorado
The 2018 Partners in the Outdoors Conference supports professional development and strengthens partnerships for those planning to join forces with other agencies for stewardship projects in Colorado. Partner organizations that attend the conference will be eligible for the 2018 grant cycle. Don't have a partner yet? Perhaps you will find one there. This conference runs from May 9-11 in Breckenridge. Registration closes April 20, 2018. Visit their website for further details.