As part of the Our Parks, Our Future initiative and CSPF's commitment to creating meaningful experiences for youth in state parks, we held two invitation-only grant rounds in Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (one in Fall, 2017 and a second in Spring, 2018). This enabled us to gain a deeper understanding of existing programs in the field, form new partnerships with youth-focused organizations, and understand how programs measure and demonstrate impact so that we can improve our ability to amplify the work of our grantees.
Thanks to the generous support of CSPF members and donors, businesses and foundations, Park Enrichment Grants have been awarded to advance excellence in California's 280 state parks. We have awarded over $1.3 million to state parks and park partners, which has helped to:
A complete list of 2016 Park Enrichment Grants can be viewed here.
In the spring of 2012, when 70 parks were facing imminent closure, CSPF awarded $1.2 million through four rounds of Park Partnership Grants to assist nonprofit and governmental organizations that stepped forward to make certain our state parks would remain open and accessible to the public.
CSPF applauds the efforts of grantee organizations, and their dedicated staff and volunteers who work tirelessly on behalf of state parks. Some grant recipients have taken over direct operation of entire parks. Other grantees have repaired foot bridges, installed barbeque grills in campgrounds, renovated dilapidated bathrooms, opened new trails and posted new trail signage, upgraded plumbing, cleared out hazardous trees and brush, re-opened visitor centers and launched new interpretive, educational and stewardship programs to bring visitors into our parks. We are proud to be a partner in their important work.
A complete list of Park Partnership grants can be viewed here.
Learn more about grantmaking opportunities through CSPF and when the next grantmaking opportunity will be announced.
Learn more about our grantmaking process and our commitment to increasing youth access and exposure to state parks.