Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP) Grant

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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Deadline: Nov 6, 2020

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $50,000

Fields of work: Environmental Education Environmental Conservation Environment Outdoor Recreation

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Texas

Location of residency: Texas

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's mission is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


The Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP) grant provides funding to local governments and non-profit organizations for programming that introduces under-served populations to environmental and conservation programs as well as TPWD mission oriented outdoor activities.

The success of this program lies in the partnerships created between TPWD and grass-roots organizations who have already established a relationship with these identified targeted audiences; females, physically/mentally challenged, ethnic minorities, low income and youth.

What We Fund

This is a reimbursement grant program. Recipients must purchase eligible items and submit proper documentation before being reimbursed. Eligible organizations can apply to use these funds for programming expenses such as equipment, leasing transportation, staff, liability insurance, food, program materials, etc.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Grants are available to tax-exempt organizations such as local government, Universities, school districts and non-profit organizations.
  • This program builds relationships with constituencies who have been under-represented in Texas Parks & Wildlife Department activities and programs.
  • Target audiences served include low income, ethnic minority, female and physically or mentally challenged participants..


  • Matching funds are not required, however points are awarded based on documented applicant contributions to the project.


  • Funds cannot be used for facility construction projects, gazebos, ponds, benches, trail building, etc.
    • The CO-OP grant is to be used to fund programs, not construction projects.
  • Training and research programs only will not be funded.
  • Funds cannot be used to pay indirect/overhead expenses.
  • CO-OP funds cannot be used for vegetable gardens and agriculture projects.

This page was last reviewed August 10, 2020 and last updated August 10, 2020