Grantmaking FAQ

Fall 2018 grantmaking round frequently asked questions

Below are frequently asked questions and response to help guide your application process for our Fall 2018 grantmaking round increasing youth access to state parks. Please contact Gabrielle Ohayon, Partnerships Manager, at with any additional questions about this grantmaking round’s guidelines or the application process.

How do I apply for a grant?

Applicants must complete an application, which can be accessed here. Applications are due on Friday, November 16, 2018.

Is this a competitive process?

Yes, this is a competitive application process.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

Organizations certified as tax exempt under Sections 501(c)(3) or governmental institutions are eligible to apply.

Are there any funding restrictions?


  • Programs or projects must involve increasing youth access to state parks throughout California. Priority will be given to programs that are unique, highly impactful and focus on providing disconnected and underserved youth with access to nature and nature-based experiences. We are open to a broad interpretation of increasing access, whether it be through physical, financial, cultural or educational means.
  • This grant will cover transportation costs and staff time associated with running the program or project; however, applications that request funding entirely for staffing costs are discouraged.
  • This grant will not support operational and overhead expenses that are not directly associated with the program or project

What size grants are awarded?

Grants will be awarded up to $20,000. Final award amounts will be determined by CSPF, and may fall outside of the provided range at CSPF’s discretion.

How can I check on the status of a grant application?

You may contact us at for any questions regarding your application. Notification of award will be made in early February, 2019.

How can I get support when filling out my application?

CSPF is using Submittable, a web-based platform to manage our grant applications. You will need to create a login to begin your application. If you have any questions during the process you may email Submittable’s support team at You can also view this page for answers to frequently asked questions:

What letters of support are required?

A letter of support from the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) District or Sector Superintendent is not required at the time of submitting your application. However, you are highly encouraged to show that you have engaged in communication and a possible partnership with DPR staff, and may be required to submit a letter of support from them at the time of award.

If the project or program collaborates with other entities, letters of support are not required, but encouraged.

Are other sources of funding required?

While a variety of funding sources is not essential, it is viewed as an indication of broad support for the program or project.

What is the grant term?

The grant term will be 18 months to allow for programming to take place as late as summer of 2020. The grant term will commence on March 1, 2019 and will end on August 30, 2020. All funding must be spent by August 30, 2020. A final report will be due on October 1, 2020, however if funding was used for activities taking place prior to the summer of 2020, we would prefer that a report is submitted at the close of the grant activity.

Additionally, grantees may be asked to submit an interim report to document the status of their work.

If awarded, are there grant agreement terms?

Yes. A grant agreement letter with the terms of the grant will be sent to awarded applicants at the time of notification of award. A final narrative and financial report on the use of the funds are required to be submitted within 30 days upon conclusion of the funded activity or by the date noted in the grant agreement.

Additionally, because CSPF wants to promote your work, our grants and partnerships program, and the collective impact we are having on youth and parks, we will periodically ask to feature your program in our external communications and marketing materials. Grantees will be asked to share information such as photos, quotes, interviews, etc.

What if the grant funds have not been expended by August 30, 2020?

Grantees must request an extension of the grant period in writing prior to the conclusion of the grant term and no later than June 30, 2020. If the extension is approved, CSPF will provide you with a new deadline for submitting the final report.

If a final report is not submitted by the required due date and written notification is not made to request an extension, we may request that funds be returned. Further, any future grants submitted will be ineligible until the report is submitted or an extension is approved.

Are public and government agencies eligible to apply for a grant?

Yes, public and government agencies are eligible to apply.

California State Parks Foundation

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