Park Partnership Grants

CSPF is excited to announce another Park Partnership Grant round. This next round is intended to look beyond the crisis of keeping parks open and begin to define a new future for the state park system. Round Four is envisioned to support key themes: Celebrate Our Enduring Heritage, Welcome Visitors, Teach Californians, Safeguard Resources, and Connect Individuals, Organizations, and Partners. These themes, or “vision elements”, developed from CSPF’s 2011 Park Excellence Project outline a vision of excellence for state parks, while providing a roadmap for the work ahead.

Purpose


CSPF is providing this grant opportunity to:

  • Support and promote innovative and collaborative models of park management, leadership and operations to improve and sustain parks.
  • Support organizations that kept parks open by entering into an operating and/or donor agreement with the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).
  • Support activities and infrastructure improvements that lead to more efficient park operations—such as improved visitor experience or revenue generation.

Eligibility Criteria


To be eligible to apply for a Partnership Grant, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have as its principal purpose and activity to provide visitor services in state parks, facilitate public access to park resources, improve park facilities, provide interpretive and educational services, or provide direct protection or stewardship of natural, cultural, or historical lands or resources.
  • Be a nonprofit organization in good standing, with tax exempt status as defined under Section 501 (c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

CSPF will consider grant submissions that meet one, multiple, or all of CSPF’s vision elements as defined in CSPF’s Park Excellence Project: Celebrate Our Enduring Heritage, Welcome Visitors, Teach Californians, Safeguard Resources, and Connect Individuals, Organizations, and Partners. Read the entire Park Excellence report here.

Timeline


July 11: Proposals are due to CSPF via email to kateL@calparks.org
August 15: Deadline to announce awards

How to Apply


Review the Application Guidelines for application instructions.

Download and complete the Grant Application.


For any information, please contact:
Kate Litzky
Policy and Research Specialist
(916) 442-2119 or kateL@calparks.org