Grants FAQ

  • 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?
    Yes. Project or programs are required to benefit one or multiple of California’s state parks. If applying for an organizational capacity grant, the organization’s mission is required to be dedicated to supporting one or multiple of California state parks.

  • What size grants are awarded?
    Grants of up to $7,500 are awarded. Due to the competitive nature of grant funding, grants may be awarded for less than the amount requested.

  • How do I apply for a grant?
    Applicants must complete an application, submit a completed project or program budget and if not a capacity building grant or park operator, provide a letter of support from the park’s California Department of Parks and Recreation District or Sector Superintendent. (If the grant request is for organizational capacity building or if the state park is not operated by California Department of Parks and Recreation, a letter is not required). If the project is a capital improvement project, the letter of support by California Department of Parks and Recreation requires support of the project timeline.

  • What letters of support are required?
    A letter of support from the park’s California Department of Parks and Recreation District or Sector Superintendent is required. If not a capacity building grant or the state park is not operated by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, a letter is not required.

    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.

  • Is there a deadline to submit grant applications?
    Grants are awarded twice year. The deadline to submit grant applications and notifications for 2016:

    Deadline to Apply Notification
    March 31 May 31
    September 23 November 30

  • What is the grant term?
    The grant term is determined on the grant activities.

  • If awarded, are there grant agreement terms?
    Yes. A grant agreement letter with the terms of the grant is required. 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.

  • What if the grant activity is not complete within the grant term?
    If the final report is not submitted within the grant term and written notification is not made to request an extension, any future grants submitted will be ineligible until the report is submitted or an extension is approved.

  • How can I check on the status of a grant application?
    You may check the status of your request through contacting grants@calparks.org.

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