Outdoor Equity Grants Program

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Closed (386 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
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Funds services/program operations including activities in a community and trips to natural areas throughout California.  Focuses on delivering environmental education and outdoor recreational activities, service learning, career pathways, and leadership opportunities through activities in the community and trips to natural areas that strengthen a connection to the natural world.


 PROGRAM OVERVIEW Each application will address the following in the Grant Selection Criteria section on pages 14 to 23 of the Application Guide (RFP). First Step – Choosing a Community Home Base • Identify a central gathering place in an underserved community that needs access to outdoor programs. • Examples of the central gathering place in a community could be a school, a recreation center, a community meeting space, a local park, etc. • This central gathering place is the COMMUNITY HOME BASE where the participants will primarily get access to the proposed activities.

Second Step – Activities • Plan ACTIVITIES IN THE COMMUNITY and trips from the COMMUNITY HOME BASE to NATURAL AREAS. For example:

• ACTIVITIES IN THE COMMUNITY could include: o Teaching school students about the community’s environment. o Taking educational walks in the community to discover nature in action. o Preparing participants for a NATURAL AREA TRIP.

• NATURAL AREA TRIPS from the COMMUNITY HOME BASE could include: o Traveling to a regional, state, national park, tribal land, river or lake, beach, forest, mountain, or desert area for day or overnight trips within the state.

Summary of the Above Steps:

1. Establish a COMMUNITY HOME BASE in an underserved community.

2. Organize educational ACTIVITIES IN THE COMMUNITY and trips from the COMMUNITY HOME BASE to natural areas.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS • Public Agencies: Includes all local, state, and federal agencies. Examples include school districts and other public education agencies, cities and counties, joint powers authorities, open-space authorities, regional open- space districts, and other relevant public agencies, which includes Federally Recognized Indian Tribes. • NON-PROFITS with 501(c)(3) status.

Eligible Geographies:

Statewide in California

Matching Funding Requirement:

There is no match requirement.  The grant can fund the total program cost.  However, if the proposed program will cost more than the requested grant amount, the balance of additional funds needed to deliver the program must be "committed funds."     Please see pages 28-31 of the Application Guide for more information at www.parks.ca.gov/oep  

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
Spring 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Approx. 4 years.

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

General Fund.

The Outdoor Equity Grants Program (OEP) was enacted when Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 209 (AB 209) – Chapter 675, located in Public Resources Code §5090.75(c)(1.26).

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

See the Grant Administration Guide for more info at www.parks.ca.gov/oep

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Viktor Patino, 1-916-653-7423, Viktor.Patino@parks.ca.gov