Impact Grants to Enhance & Improve America's National Parks

Monday, January 16, 2012

Washington, D.C. – Identifying a unique need in a time when tight budgets threaten to become even tighter, the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, announced its line-up of 2012  Impact Grants, an annual grant program providing national parks the critical financial support they need to transform innovative, yet underfunded ideas into successful in-park programs and initiatives. Now in its fifth year, the National Park Foundation is proud to award 62 national parks across the country Impact Grants this year totaling nearly $550,000.  

“With these strategic grants, we have been able to positively impact national parks across the country,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation.  “This unique program helps the parks enhance the visitor experience, engaging more people, and ultimately build a stronger community of park enthusiasts who share our commitment to protecting America’s Best Idea -- their national parks.”  

Ranging in size and scope, each of the selected parks demonstrated a clear need in which an efficient amount of funding would make a profound difference.  Project themes include  connecting underserved students to their local parks, conservation and preservation projects, healthy living, education, as well as recycling and sustainability programs , to name a few.  A full list of grantees and project can be viewed at the National Park Foundation website.  

Private support of our nearly 400 national parks is critical to ensuring their vitality and continued existence.  This year’s Impact Grants are made possible in part through partnerships with ARAMARK through the Yawkey Foundation, The Fernandez Pave the Way Foundation and The HISTORY Channel.  For more information on the National Park Foundation’s work and ways you can help to support this critical mission, go to www.nationalparks.org.

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You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world’s most treasured memorials, landscapes, ecosystems, and historic sites -- all protected in America’s nearly 400 national parks.  Chartered by Congress, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks.  We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to connect you and all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow.  Join us in supporting your national parks -- this is your land. www.nationalparks.org.
    
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Contact:
Marjorie Hall
Director, Communications
National Park Foundation
1201 Eye Street, NW Suite 550B
Washington, DC 20005
Direct:  202-354-6480
mhall@nationalparks.org