|National Park Service News Release|
National Park Service Offers $15 Million in Grants for Outdoor Recreation in Cities
WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today opened the application period for $15 million of grants to develop outdoor recreation spaces in urban areas.
“We are excited to offer these competitive grants which will be matched with local partnerships to create safe outdoor recreation places for people, especially young people, in neighborhoods of America’s cities,” Jarvis said.
The National Park Services (NPS) Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP) competitive grants are made available through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and are just the second round of such grants. The NPS obligated $2.9 million of the grants for pilot projects last year. Communities and partners matched that money with projects in eight cities worth a total of $6.1 million.
“I think Congress recognized the value of the projects and partnerships and they responded with a fivefold increase in project grant dollars this year,” Jarvis said. “We’re looking to build on the excitement generated by these pilot projects and grants to add many more projects across the country.”
The NPS will entertain project proposals ranging from $250,000 to $750,000 each, and planning grants up to $75,000. Projects must have matching funds and partners. Outside of the planning grants, funding for eligible projects can be used to acquire and/or develop land to create new, or reinvigorate existing, public parks and other outdoor recreation spaces in neighborhoods that are underserved or lack such opportunities.
Jarvis also announced a pilot planning grant program mini-competition, which will fund special studies to help guide park and recreation investment to where it is needed most in urbanized areas.
The ORLP grants complement the existing NPS LWCF State and Local Assistance Program in targeting national priorities to create new opportunities for outdoor play as well as development or enhancement of outdoor recreation partnerships in cities. Selected projects will showcase how partners at all levels can work collaboratively to leverage investment and support close-to-home recreation opportunities that will connect youth to public lands.
Since its establishment in 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has conserved land in every state and supported tens of thousands of state and local projects. The fund does not use taxpayer dollars; the primary source of income derives from fees paid by oil and gas companies drilling offshore in waters owned by the American people. President Obama proposed full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget, and is pursuing permanent authorization in annual mandatory funding for the Fund’s programs beginning in 2018.
Who may apply?
State and local government agencies (e.g., cities, counties, legal subdivisions such as park districts, etc.) and federally-recognized Indian tribes within or serving areas delineated by the Census Bureau from the 2010 census as having populations of 50,000 or more people and consisting of densely settled territory.
How do I apply?
Proposals should be developed in cooperation with the lead agency for LWCF in each state. The full funding opportunity announcement and pre-application materials are available online at grants.gov. Please look for Funding Opportunity Number P16AS00065; Title: Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program.
When is the deadline for applications?
Applications are due on Friday, May 20, 2016.
In honor of Theo Meiners’ tireless efforts to support avalanche research prior to his passing in the fall of 2012, new funding is available to support avalanche research projects. The International Snow Science Workshop 2012 has teamed with John Byrne III, the owner of Alyeska Resort, to offer two separate grants of $2,500 each during the fall of 2013, and two additional grants of $2,500 during the fall of 2014. These funds will be administered by the American Avalanche Association grants process.
Applications for the research grants must be submitted by November 30, 2013 with the awards being disseminated by December 31, 2013. The same dates will apply for the 2014 grants.
One of the two grants, the “research” grant, can be applied to basic research projects in avalanche behavior or modeling. The other “practical” grant will be awarded to a practitioner project with an emphasis on a subject that would be relevant to helicopter skiing.
Applicants should describe their proposed project, identify the need for grant funding as well as where the funding would be applied, and present a proposed timeline. All grant recipients will be required to submit a paper for presentation at the International Snow Science Workshop. For 2013 recipients they will be required to submit for Banff in 2014. Grant recipients in 2014 will be required to submit for Breckenridge in 2016.
Inquiries about the grants and appropriate projects can be directed to David Hamre at hamred or 907-223-9590
Applications can be submitted by downloading the form and emailing your application to the Chair of the AAA Research Committee (Jordy Hendrikx: jordy.hendrikx).
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The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education is coordinating Colorado proposals for the EPA Region 8 Small Grants Programs.
The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, October 29.
This grant is seeking proposals that demonstrate inclusive environmental education that addresses strategies outlined in the Colorado Environmental Education Plan and includes a component that can be disseminated among the environmental education community. You can find a brief summary of the request for proposals below.
If you have any questions, it is preferred that you email questions initially to outreach
Request for Proposals Summary:
The primary goal of this program is to deliver high quality coordinated environmental education across the states in EPA Region 8. All of the states in this region have been working towards assessment-driven environmental literacy initiatives that serve EPA’s educational and environmental priorities.
Environmental Literacy in Colorado is defined as an individual’s understanding of how their actions and decisions affect the environment so they can act on that understanding in a responsible and effective manner. The Colorado Environmental Education Plan, expected to be adopted in 2012, is setting the direction for environmental literacy initiatives in the state. Strategies in the plan include building awareness and sharing standards-based environmental education tools, resources, and expertise, which is the focus of this request for proposals. Find out more about the strategies in the Draft Colorado Environmental Education Plan athttp://www.cde.state.co.us/otl/environmentaleducationplan.htm. Successful proposals will address strategies outlined in the plan, demonstrate inclusive environmental education, and include a component that can be shared or disseminated among the environmental education community and through the Online Network for Environmental Education at www.coloradoee.org
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