National Park Service Offers $15 Million in Grants for Outdoor Recreation in Cities

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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 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.

Theo Meiners Avalanche Research Grants


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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DEADLINE: MON, OCT. 29- EPA Small Grants Program in Colorado

DEADLINE: MON, OCT. 29- EPA Small Grants Program in Colorado

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.

You can find more information and download the grant application from the Colorado section of the Region 8 Small Grants Website.

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 at 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

Thank you! Malinda

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Bikes Belong Coalition does Great Things

Spring 2012
Bikes Belong Awards $60,000 in Grants
Boulder, CO — June 8, 2012 Bikes Belong is pleased to announce grant awards to eight great projects in our Spring 2012 Community Grant cycle as well as two recipients through the Bikes Belong Foundation Research Grant Program. These awards support innovative bicycle projects and studies with the common goal of putting more people on bicyclesmore often.The Bikes Belong Grants Program is funded by our Employee Pro Purchase Program. Many thanks to the following participating members and their employees for making these awards possible:

Community Grants
Since Bikes Belong’s Community Grants Program began in 1999, we have awarded 245 grants in 48 states and the District of Columbia, granting $1.9 million in cash and leveraging more than $659 million in federal, state, and private funding. Our facilities grants alone have helped finance more than 1,600 miles of bike paths and trails that link almost 10,000 miles of bikeways.Indianapolis Bicycle Planning Summits (Indianapolis, IN)

INDYCOG, the bicycle advocacy group serving Indianapolis, is partnering with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to help five underserved urban neighborhoods develop bicycle infrastructure plans that improve current bike routes and add more to serve key destinations. This $10,000 Bikes Belong grant will fund planning summits in all five neighborhoods. The City of Indianapolis has committed to incorporating the results of these community-led events into their master bicycle planning document.

More about INDYCOG

Open Streets: Jackson (Jackson, MS)

Bike Walk Mississippi will host the state’s first open streets event – in which city streets are closed to motor vehicles so people can walk, bike, rollerblade, and enjoy – this autumn in an effort to boost walking and bicycling in the capital city. Bikes Belong’s $4,000 grant will provide seed funding for this initiative that is expected to engage partners from the business, government, and non-profit communities and make Jackson a healthier and more bike-friendly city.

More about Bike Walk Mississippi

Pilot Bike Corrals (Hoboken, NJ)

Complementing its ongoing investments in bike lanes, bike parking, and a bicycle repair station, the City of Hoboken will use a $5,000 grant from Bikes Belong to install three pilot bike corrals holding 12 to 24 bicycles each. The corrals will be located in high traffic areas and will build on city plans to put bike lanes on 80% of its streets by the end of 2012.

More about Hoboken

Three Sisters (Grand Junction, CO)

When the value of land slated for development plummeted in the last recession, the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA) partnered with Mesa Land Trust to make the most of the situation. Bikes Belong’s grant of $5,000 will help the organizations finalize the land purchase and develop trails on the Three Sisters property. The new network, adjacent to Grand Junction’s Lunch Loop trail system, will provide much-needed beginner-level trails and advance the bike path development that will link these trails with downtown.

More about COPMOBA

ZAP Twin Cities Bicycle Commuter Program (Minneapolis, MN)

Commuter Connection, St. Paul Smart Trips, and the University of Minnesota will use this $10,000 grant from Bikes Belong for an innovative project to track and reward bicycle commuter trips in the Twin Cities downtown areas and the university district. Using RFID technology and ZAP readers, the project will enlist 625 initial riders, record their commuter travel, and provide incentives for choosing to bike. The University of Minnesota plans to conduct an assessment of the program’s impact on the health and well-being of the participants.

More about Commuter Connection

BMX Track Grants

Bikes Belong is awarding $2,000 to each of the following BMX projects:

* Aztec BMX Track Relocation and Rehabilitation (Aztec, NM): The City of Aztec will relocate their track to a safer, more accessible location that connects to an existing trail system.

* Farmer City BMX Track Revitalization (Farmer City, IL:): Farmer City BMX will use grant funding to convert the starting hill from dirt to asphalt and improve erosion control.

* Tri City BMX (Kearney, NE): Tri City BMX will hard-surface the three corners of their track, drastically reducing maintenance time and improving safety.

Research Grants
The Bikes Belong Foundation is pleased to announce grant awards in two important areas of research. These studies will look at the economic benefits associated with bicycling in two key areas and provide valuable data for other communities nationwide.Measuring the Economic Impact of New York City Bike Share (New York, NY)

In conjunction with the rollout of New York City Bike Share in July/August 2012, Transportation Alternatives (TA) will collect before-and-after data from local businesses and conduct on-street surveys that measure the economic benefits of public bike share facilities. Bikes Belong’s $10,000 grant will help TA compare expenditures between bicyclists and drivers, identify the types of businesses most likely to be frequented by people on bikes, measure how often bike share users visit businesses close to bike share stations, and compare the economic impact of curbside parking for different users.

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Oregon Bicycle Economic Impact Study (Salem, OR)

Building on a study underway to measure the economic impact of bike recreation and travel in Oregon, this $10,000 grant from Bikes Belong will extend the study to include local bicycle manufacturing and retail sales. Travel Oregon hopes to use this research to document the multiple ways that bicycles and bicycling benefit the state’s economy and to build the case for additional investment in bicycling infrastructure.

More about Travel Oregon

About Bikes Belong Bikes Belong Coalition is the U.S. bicycle industry organization dedicated to putting more people on bicycles more often. We work to increase federal bike funding, award grants to support innovative bike projects, promote bicycling and its benefits, and back crucial national efforts such as Safe Routes to School,, and the National Bike Summit. Through the affiliated Bikes Belong Foundation, we focus on improving bicycle safety and enhancing bike programs for children.

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