Driving Mobility and Accessibility on Public Lands Grant

National Environmental Education Foundation

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Predicted deadline: Jul 24, 2024

Grant amount: Up to US $20,000

Fields of work: Disability Care & Services Parks & Public Spaces

Applicant type: Government Entity, Indigenous Group, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia (US state), Indiana Show all

Location of residency: United States


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Overview:

With a funding contribution from Toyota in connection with the launch of the RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition, NEEF is seeking projects that will help make public lands more accessible and enjoyable for Americans of all abilities together with their families and friends. Through the Driving Mobility and Accessibility on Public Lands grant, NEEF aims to:

  • Increase the capacity of local organizations to address mobility and accessibility considerations on public lands and waterways; and
  • Improve the level of access, comfort, and enjoyment experienced by public lands visitors of all abilities together with their families and friends.

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

Eligibility:

  • Open to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, state or federal government agencies, and federally recognized tribes and local governments.
    • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations must provide a partnership letter from the public land site.
  • Projects must take place in one of the following 14 states to be eligible for the grant:
    • Alabama; Arizona; California; Georgia; Indiana; Kentucky; Michigan; Mississippi; Missouri; Nevada; North Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; West Virginia.
  • Must have been in existence for at least two (2) years.
  • Funding Criteria:
    • Applicants can request up to $20,000 for mobility and accessibility projects that will be completed in 12 months.
    • Describe how requested funds will support projects that address mobility and accessibility on public lands, including:
      • Assessment of physical space accessibility barriers and/or barriers to access accessibility information (on-site or digital);
      • Physical improvement projects that remove accessibility barriers;
      • Improvements to accessibility information provided on-site or through websites; and
      • Design or implementation of assistive technology that will enhance mobility and accessibility on the public lands site, for example the Action Track Chair (all terrain hiking mobility device) or the EZ Launch (a universally accessible kayak launch).
    • Describe how people with disabilities will be included in project planning.
    • Applicants should use Inclusive Universal Design (see grant website) in the design and implementation of accessibility improvements and describe how the project goes above and beyond the minimum design guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    • Provide a detailed timeline of when programming/activities will take place during the grant year.
    • Provide a detailed list of the project team including partners and accessibility experts/advocates who will be responsible for implementing grant activities. 
    • Provide a plan for how the project will be marketed to the community and specifically to individuals with disabilities, as well as service and advocacy organizations that serve people with disabilities (for example, through outreach or an event).
    • Provide a plan for how activities/improvements will be maintained/sustained after the grant period has ended.
  • If selected, grantees must be able to collect and report on relevant key performance indicators (KPIs), including:
    • Acres of land impacted by the project
    • Miles of Trails Enhanced or Restored
    • Miles of Waterways Enhanced or Restored
    • Number of accessibility enhancements (sidewalks, ramps, boat launches, etc.)
    • Number of accessibility programs created
    • Number of participant events hosted
    • Number of participants engaged

Ineligibility:

  • Private, for-profit firms and individuals are not eligible to apply.
  • Grant funding may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities, or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.

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This page was last reviewed June 30, 2023 and last updated June 30, 2023