Youth Community Access
Support youth access to natural and cultural resources with a focus on low-income and disadvantaged communities including, but not limited to, community education and recreational amenities to support youth substance use prevention and early intervention.
Proposal Submission Deadline for the Youth Community Access Grant Program extended for Public School Districts.
Public School Districts are eligible applicants for the Youth Community Access grant program. During program workshops incorrect information was presented indicating Public School Districts were ineligible to apply for funding. Due to the error, the proposal submission deadline has been extended until 5 pm on November 16, 2020 for Public School Districts only.
In 2019, the Legislature appropriated $5.7 million to the California Natural Resources Agency (the State) for competitive grants to support youth access to natural and cultural resources with a focus on low-income and disadvantaged communities including, but not limited to, community education and recreational amenities to support youth substance use prevention and early intervention. Research abounds demonstrating the connection between the outdoors and the physical, emotional, and mental success of young people. From camp experiences to urban parks, being in nature reduces stress, builds confidence, promotes creativity, encourages exercise, and teaches responsibility. Each of these aspects, in addition to others, contribute to a young person’s health and wellbeing, including substance use prevention. In accordance with Proposition 64 and the research discussed above, the Youth Community Access Grant Program will focus awards on communities disproportionately affected by past federal and state drug policies, also known as the War on Drugs, as well as other underserved communities. This program is a competitive grant program to support public programs, educational programs, job training programs, outreach programs and small capital asset projects to support youth access to natural and cultural resources. General Requirements Project must serve youth. For the purposes of this program, youth is defined as a person between the ages of birth and 26. Project must increase youth accessibility to natural and/or cultural resources and associated services. Project must include design features and program elements to promote youth health, safety, well-being, and comfort. Funding Priorities Projects containing the following elements will be given priority consideration in funding decisions: Projects that feature youth-led opportunities. Youth-led means projects in which are a participant in the planning, decision making, facilitation, and evaluation; Projects that propose resource awareness campaigns featuring youth and using youth vernacular; and Projects that empower youth to make healthy choices.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
Eligible applicants include local, state and federal agencies; nonprofit organizations; federally-recognized Native American tribes; or non-federally-recognized California Native American tribes listed on the California Tribal Consultation List maintained by the Native American Heritage Commission. The proposal submission deadline has been extended until 5 pm on November 16, 2020 for Public School Districts only.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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