The Foundation is honoring the National Park Service’s 100th birthday in 2016 by creating a new, one-time grantmaking program to support community-based celebrations and events across California. The National Parks Centennial Celebration grantmaking program highlights the importance of National Parks to California wildlands. The Program also seeks to strengthen and build diverse constituencies for National Parks, and to demonstrate the value of public lands to local communities in terms of both economic development and quality of life. Grants will be awarded in support of events or community-based programs in California designed to celebrate the National Parks centennial. Priority will be given to programs rooted in partnerships and collaborations that extend beyond environmental organizations. In addition, programs must engage youth and non-traditional environmental allies; highlight the community benefits, including economic, of open space protection; and be connected to advocacy on behalf of parks and wildlands, including new monuments or wilderness areas, and the expansion of existing parks. Additional information including an eligibility quiz can be found on the Web site.
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