The Spring 2016 grant round will emphasize funding for organizational capacity and leadership building projects. We will award park partners grants of up to $5,000 to be used for services or tools to help you grow capacity in the areas you need it most.
The community of state park partners are taking on a greater role in supporting their parks. Partners have sought to become stronger, more professional organizations in order to become enduring stewards.
In the current grant round, in addition to our normal range of categories considering grants up to $7,500, we will be accepting applications of up to $5,000 for organizational capacity services or tools. Projects that may be eligible include organizational assessments, board development, communications, strategic planning, program analysis and evaluation, technology improvements, partnership development, revenue generation planning, negotiation and effective communication, and fundraising.
If you are interested in capacity building for your grant application, we have some consultants we recommend: those who have been working with park partners already through our Technical Assistance Center (TAC). TAC was created in 2012 to address the needs of park partners by offering direct expert assistance, training, and a robust menu of resources through a web of expert consultants, all of whom we have vetted. These consultants work with partners on a range of needs, from building leadership and organizational capacity to improving communications and marketing.
As a resource ONLY and not a requirement to submit an application, you are welcome to propose working with a TAC consultant for your grant-funded project. TAC’s existing list of consultants developed sample services in their core areas expertise to be customized for each organization’s unique needs. To work with a TAC consultant, it is recommended to review the available services by each consultant and then engage in a conversation with them directly.
To work with a Technical Assistance Center consultant, please review the consultants available, choose one you'd like to work with, then engage in a conversation with them directly to develop your grant proposal. If you choose to locate your own consultant, please do the same on your own.
We cultivate stewardship of state parks by hosting and funding a range of volunteer and educational programs aimed to support state parks.
We give direct support to state parks by offering a series of competitive grants to state park units, qualified nonprofits, government entities, and partners of state parks.
We serve as the independent voice for state parks by advocating for sound policies for state parks, including deferred maintenance support and adequate funding for parks.