Parks Pass

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Closed (39 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
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Research shows that spending time in the outdoors is associated with better mental and physical health.  California has a wealth of state parks, and many public libraries are likely within driving distance of one. By reducing barriers to park access and partnering with entities such as public libraries, the state can help more Californians explore the outdoors and gain the benefits of our parks.



The California State Library Parks Pass program distributed 5,000 free vehicle-day use hangtags to all library jurisdictions in the state. This removed the economic barrier of day-use fees. As trusted community partners, grantees will generate positive measurable impacts in the areas of health, natural resource stewardship, and historical and cultural connections with an equity lens.

Parks Pass grant funding is open to all public libraries circulating a California State Library Parks Pass. Grants of up to $5,000 will be available.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

For California's Public Libraries and Public Law Libraries. 

Eligible Geographies:

California only. 

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.
Mid-May, 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
June 30, 2024

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
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).
  • Advance(s)

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Lisa Nowlan, 1-916-603-6711,