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.
- 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.
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
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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