Grantmaking opportunities

Our Parks, Our Future: increasing youth access to state parks

Due to the wildfires across California, we have extended the application deadline to Monday, November 19, 2018.

California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) is pleased to announce that we are holding an open grantmaking cycle this fall, awarding grants up to $20,000 each to support projects focused on increasing youth access to state parks throughout California. We are looking for applications from programs that are unique, highly impactful and focused on connecting underserved youth 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. Learn more about our program initiative and how to apply below. We look forward to reviewing your application.

How to apply

Before applying please read the full details below about Our Parks, Our Future and our FAQ.

Due to the wildfires across California, we have extended the application deadline to Monday, November 19, 2018. CSPF is now processing grant applications through Submittable:

  • If you have used Submittable to apply for a grant before (i.e., with another foundation), you can use your existing login information to sign in to your account.
  • If you aren’t sure if you have an account with Submittable, you can either try to log in (where you will be notified that the email account already exists) or you can try setting up a new account and will be told the email address is in the system, at which point you will be directed to reset your password. Find more help on how to reset your password on their website
  • If you have not used Submittable to apply for a grant before, you will need to create a new account.
  • Additional instructions can be found on Submittable’s frequently asked questions page
  • If you need additional support, please email CSPF cannot provide troubleshooting or assistance with the Submittable website.

Grantmaking cycle timeline

October 1, 2018 : Grant cycle opens

November 16, 2018: Deadline to submit applications

November 16, 2018-January 2019: Application review

Early February 2019: Decisions made

Awards announcements

Awards will be announced in early February, 2019


Read responses to frequently asked questions to help guide your application process.

Please contact Gabrielle Ohayon, Partnerships Manager, at with any additional questions about this grantmaking round’s guidelines or the application process.

Our Parks, Our Future

Our Parks, Our Future is CSPF’s latest initiative embodying the belief that youth, now and for generations to come, hold within them the future of our California state parks.

Today, youth spend less time outdoors and have considerably less access and exposure to parks than previous generations. Physical and financial barriers – including lack of reliable transportation, high fees and lack of knowledge about available programs and services – prevent underserved communities from accessing state parks, meaning youth aren’t forming the lasting relationships and appreciation for the outdoors that they need. Couple that with the fact that 40% of U.S. School Districts have eliminated recess, and it becomes clear that a love of the outdoors is at risk.

CSPF is committed to increasing youth access and exposure to state parks so that every Californian has opportunities to experience nature and its benefits. That is why we are currently focusing our grantmaking strategy on increasing youth access to state parks.

We envision an excellent state park system - one that is not only accessible to all, but also works to improve quality of life through positive, meaningful and healthy experiences in a flourishing and welcoming state park system. Our focus on creating meaningful and transformative experiences for youth aims to facilitate deep appreciation for state parks and foster the next generation of empowered park stewards.

Learn more about the initiative here.

Additional grantmaking opportunities

We also provide strategic funding through invitation-only grant rounds. For more information please contact

California State Parks Foundation

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