Grant funding will support organizations working to keep state parks open and accessible to the public
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) is pleased to announce today it will award 16 grants totaling $320,000 to several organizations that are working to support underfunded state parks in California. These Park Partnership Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that have entered into agreements with the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to either operate or support operations of a particular state park.
“This grant will allow us to expand our ability to engage the community, provide more services to our visitors and build additional strength within our organization,” said Jeff Morris, chairman of the Weaverville Joss House Association.
The funding from these grants supports a variety of activities ranging from critical safety repairs to visitor centers and campgrounds, to the installation of automatic pay station machines to capture more revenues for our parks, to expanded staffing for new educational and interpretive programming for park visitors. These grants are made possible by funding from the Thomas J. Long Foundation and an anonymous gift to CSPF.
This is the third round of Park Partnership Grants that CSPF has awarded since May 2012, bringing the grand total to $998,606 allocated through 39 grants. CSPF began offering Park Partnership Grants when 70 California state parks were facing impending closure. Dozens of nonprofit organizations stepped up at that time and continue their work to ensure state parks will remain open and accessible to the public during this challenging time.
“The Benicia State Parks Association Board of Directors expresses their sincere appreciation for they continued support from the California State Parks Foundation,” said Carol Berman, president of the Benicia State Parks Association. “This grant will further the goals of our association to continue to provide the rich cultural, historical, and natural experiences to the visitors of the Benicia state parks.”
The following organizations were awarded grants:
With its 130,000 members, the California State Parks Foundation is the only independent nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California's magnificent state parks. For more information about California's state parks, visit calparks.org.