The Oregon Parks Foundation Fund
Oregon Community Foundation
Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $5,000
Anticipated deadline: Feb 15, 2019 11:59pm PST
Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit
Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach
Location of project: Oregon
Location of residency: OregonView website Save Need help writing this grant?
The Oregon Parks Foundation Fund
The Oregon Parks Foundation Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation was created in 2009 by the Oregon Parks Foundation. This fund supports the acquisition, preservation and restoration of Oregon's native landscape, as well as environmental, recreational and educational improvements to public parks throughout the state of Oregon.
The Oregon Parks Foundation was founded in 1979 with the primary purpose of creating parks. It became a community advised fund of The Oregon Community Foundation in 2009. The Fund’s purpose is to support acquisition, preservation, and restoration of Oregon’s park land and to also support environmental, recreational, and educational improvements to public parks throughout the state of Oregon.
The Oregon Parks Foundation (OPF) Fund invites proposals from nonprofit organizations and public agencies at the community, district, county or regional level. Grant recommendations are made to the OCF board of directors by an advisory committee created by the Oregon Parks Foundation. Grants disbursed by the OPF Fund generally range from $1,000 to $5,000. Larger grants may occasionally be considered for unique or special projects. The Oregon Parks Foundation Fund seeks requests for funding that support the acquisition of natural parks and outdoor recreational and educational opportunities within parks.
You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.
- The Oregon Parks Foundation Fund seeks requests for funding that support the acquisition of natural parks and outdoor recreational and educational opportunities within parks.
- The following types of expenses will be considered:
- land protection and acquisition
- habitat restoration
- enhancement of the outdoor experience, e.g., trail construction and interpretive signage
- park-related ecological education programs
- Competitive proposals should demonstrate one or more of the following qualities:
- Strong connection to parks and/or publicly-accessible, native undeveloped land.
- Strong park-related educational component for youth and/or adults.
- Promotes connectivity (land acquisition and trail projects).
- Strong community-based support (participation from other donors, volunteers, in-kind donations, and collaboration with other agency partners, school districts, etc.).
- Provides park opportunities and access for underserved communities (e.g., low-income, minority, rural populations).
- A grant from OPF will clearly make a difference (i.e. close the funding gap, leverage other sources of support).
- The committee accepts applications from private, tax-exempt non-profit organizations and public agencies within the State of Oregon, with a preference for smaller, community-based organizations.
- Organizations with a demonstrated track record in planning and implementing park-related projects will also receive preference.
- The OPF Fund does not make grants for the following types of activities/expenses:
- Projects based outside of Oregon.
- Requests for operating support, including ongoing administrative and program expenses, unless a compelling case can be made that support from OPF will strengthen or stabilize the organization and/or programs in a clear way.
- Large capital projects where a $1,000 - $5,000 grant would have a lesser impact.
- One-time excursion activities.
- Deficit financing and debt retirement.
- Recreational facilities such as fencing, soccer fields, swimming pool construction, ball field lighting, sewer and water systems, landscaping or maintenance.
- Projects likely to be long delayed.
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