Every Kid In A Park
In support of the White House youth initiative Every Kid in a Park, the National Park Foundation will award field trip grants to all National Park Services units and offices. As part of the Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids program, the Every Kid in a Park Field Trip Grants seek to remove barriers to accessing our nation’s public lands and waters, with a special focus on underserved and urban communities.
Applications must be submitted by a National Park Service staff person. Schools and teachers are not eligible to apply, but can reach out to their local national park if they are interested in participating. Partnerships with other federal land management agencies are encouraged.
Applications are due Friday, June 17th and the application with instructions for submission can be found here.
Information Calls will be held at the following dates and times:
- Wednesday, May 25th at 4:00PM Eastern
- Thursday, May 26th at 1:00PM Eastern
- Thursday, June 2nd at 3:00PM Eastern
Please use the below dial-in information for all calls:
- Conference Line: 641-715-3200
- Passcode: 301096#
At this time there is no new call for projects. The approaching 2016 NPS Centennial has provided a catalyst for NPS leadership, NPF and Friends Groups to assess what the highest priority needs are for the coming years and to determine where philanthropic support can best assist. Centennial priority projects have been identified, and these will be the focus of all NPF fundraising efforts moving forward. As a result of this transition to a new method of delivering impact, NPF will be moving away from the traditional “RFP” model for funding projects and programs.
The process of creating a list of Centennial projects started with parks and programs identifying critical projects within the major focus areas of “Protect,” “Connect” and “Inspire.” Those projects were then filtered through Regional and Partnership Offices, Associate Directors, the Director’s Office, as well as, the NPF Board and Development team, and when involved, a Friend’s Group. An estimated 450 projects comprise the “Centennial Project” list, which is meant to be a dynamic list that remains “evergreen” and repopulated as projects are funded.
Some of the Centennial projects that are initially being presented to donors are park-specific such as restoring coastal dunes at Point Reyes, or restoring 120 acres of a battlefield at Manassas. Some projects are also being fundraised for by Friends Groups such as restoring trails at Jenny Lake, Grand Teton, or recovering two amphibian species at Yosemite. Others projects are national in scope such as Junior Ranger, Youth Conservation Corps, Digital Park Maps, or Trail to Every Classroom. As donor support is secured for projects such as Ticket to Ride or Wellness Ambassadors, there will be an opportunity for individual parks to intersect with those projects. Guidance on these opportunities will be distributed once donor support is secured.
The conduits for the Centennial projects are the regional offices, Centennial coordinators and WASO Centennial and Partnership offices. You can find the list of those contacts here.
If a park (or park in collaboration with its Friends Group) has a project of significance they would like considered as a Centennial project, the park can forward it to the appropriate Centennial contact(s) for inclusion on the master “Protect-Connect-Inspire” project list.
Criteria for projects is outlined below:
- Big Idea: is it a big idea? Does it create a margin of excellence?
- Fundable: does it have or could it attract major philanthropic support?
- Would you undertake this project on your own initiative, outside of a national campaign?
- Impact: will the project, as defined, with the investment being sought, and the identified target audience, have the desired outcomes?
- Urgent: is it timely, current, and imperative now in order to establish a base for success with the next century of parks?
- Scalable: is the project or program scalable? Will it stand the test of time and therefore be worthy of inclusion in a national campaign?