Impact Grants

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The National Park Foundation recognizes that sometimes the smallest grants can make the largest differences. Impact Grants (up to $25,000) are designed to help parks in need of a small amount of additional funding transform innovative ideas into successful programs or partnerships that address critical needs. Past grantee projects have ranged from overhauling infrastructure at nine in-park community gardens in Washington, DC, to conserving historic paintings in Iowa and developing bi-lingual podcasts and distance learning programs in Florida.

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  • The National Park Foundation’s Impact grant at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is protecting endangered hawkbill turtles. By increasing the resiliency of the Hawaiian island park population turtles the park...

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Bryce Canyon National Park
This project will examine black bear movement and habitat use in and surrounding Bryce Canyon National Park by radio-collaring black bears. The park will also develop educational outreach programs for real-time interpretation of black bear movement and conservation challenges as well as curricula for schools.
Capitol Reef National Park
This project will conduct a high impact survey of black bear and mountain lion in the historic Fruita area of Capitol Reef National Park using camera trap technology. The project will engage the public and youth through a citizen science project, the use of social media and through public interpretive programming.
Coronado National Memorial
Thousands of endangered lesser long-nosed bats roost several weeks each year at Coronado National Memorial and feed on Palmer's agave nectar; however, the memorial's bat population is declining due to habitat loss. Staff will partner with a local middle school garden program to restore 500 acres of agave habitat at the memorial, which has suffered from overgrazing.
Congaree National Park
This grant will allow trained and experienced wildland fire crew to conduct habitat restoration efforts including prescribed fire and reduction of loblolly pine density within the imperiled longleaf pine ecosystem- an ecosystem recognized as nationally significant. The park will also conduct intensive outreach to national park visitors, virtual visitors, staff and volunteers, partners, and the community surrounding the park and other National Park units in the region regarding fire ecology.
Crater Lake National Park
This project will provide critical information on the ecology of the Sierra Nevada red fox, one of the rarest mammals in North America. The park's goals include determing the distribution of red fox at Crater Lake National Park as well as the effect of visitor activities on the species.
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
In partnership with the Friends of Cumberland Gap, the park will install bear proof containers in local communities surrounding the park as well as provide educational information through a program called, "Living with Black Bears."
Dinosaur National Monument
The park will install bear proof containers as well as develop the "Keep Our Bears Wild" program with the goal of creating an effective education and outreach program to guide and encourage the necessary changes in human behavior in bear country.
El Malpais National Monument
The monument provides unique and critical lava tube cave habitat for more than a dozen different kind of bats, a group of animals key to the natural integrity of the monument. This project will protect the bats from damage and habitat loss due to visitor use by creating an elevated walkway at one site of bat hibernation as well as an amphitheater and web cam and to improve the overall educational opportunities for visitors to the site.
Fire Island National Seashore
Fire Island National Seashore will partner with several organizations as well as Gateway National Recreation Area and Sagamore Hill National Historic Site to participate in The Long Island Century Bat Survey, an event designed to collect important data about rapidly declining bat populations, and to educate the public about the current status of bats, and how they can help.
Gateway National Recreation Area
The park and the communities in Brooklyn and Queens that surround Jamaica Bay are dealing with acres of invasive plants, which harm native insects and birds, and the effects of climate change via sea level rise and super storms such as Hurricane Sandy, threatening breeding and spawning grounds of numerous species of wildlife. This project will bring students and the elderly in the community to gether to grow and plant native plants to improve the ecological health and strom resiliency of Jamaica Bay.
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
This park will undertake a native plant habitat restoration project to restore native grasses and shrubs along shoreline areas, improving the habitat for native birds, small mammals, and estuarine invertebrates. The park will partner with the Mid-Atlantic Exotic Plant Management Team and 4-H volunteer staff.
Great Egg Harbor Scenic and Recreational River
Local school groups will conduct scientific fisheries sampling and data collection combined with service-based student learning and interpretation to help determine if fisheries resources in the Great Egg Harbor River and Estuary are adequate to provide a multiple-species, sustainable ecosystem.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Wetlands are uncommon in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, yet provide critical habitat for diverse native plants and animals, some found nowhere else in the park. Bears, bobcats, foxes, birds, amphibians, and fish call wetlands home, but these habitats are severely impacted by invasive plant species. This project will allow for invasive plant removal, seed collection, propagation and planting of native species, and educational outreach.
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
In August 2010, the Long Butte wildfire burned over 75% of the park resulting in low quality habitats in the area. This project will restore areas of low habitat quality located in the park and increase public understanding of key ecological principles through partnerships and community outreach including local schools.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park will implement a pilot project to re-establish native wildlife habitat by restoring degraded Chihuahuan Desert grasslands in the park's Salt Basin. Restoring the degraded grasslands within the park will benefit species such as the pronghorn antelope, kit fox, and Montezuma quail.
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
The goals of this project are to increase the resiliency of the park's population of endangered hawksbill turtles (which has decreased due to the loss of nesting habitat caused by climate change); expand nesting habitat by removing invasive woody plants taking over beaches; relocate at-risk nests in overcrowded sites to higher ground and less crowded sites; and provide interpretation of park recovery efforts to beach visitors and communities surrounding the park.
Little River Canyon National Preserve
This project will provide a hands-on science opportunity for park neighbors and visitors to learn about the value of bats in northeast Alabama. With the threat of White-nose Syndrome diminishing our bat populations, it is more important than ever to educate the public about the ecology and significance of these wonderful flyers. The park will host educational programs including workshops on how to build bat houses, and allow the public to help monitor bats.
Mammoth Cave National Park
This grant will fund the first year of a joint project studying how bat populations and their insect prey respond to the arrival of White-nose Syndrome at Mammoth Cave National Park. In partnership with the University of Kentucky and Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning, the project will also help visitors understand bats and their role in the ecosystem, as well as their recent decline due to White-nose Syndrome.
Manassas National Battlefield Park
In the three miles surrounding Manassas National Battlefield, over 9,000 acres of habitat have been urbanized in the past decade, contributing to the habitat loss of our native keystone pollinator species. Through this project, volunteers and partners will help plant native wildflower pollinator seed mixes, designed specifically to increase foraging and nesting materials for pollinators. Doing this will help offset habitat loss, assist wildlife adaptation to the changing land use conditions, and improve the conditions of our grass and shrub land habitats to reach their full ecological potential.
Wupatki National Monument
The "Little Colorado River Restoration and Community Stewardship Program" will restore riparian habitat and genetic connectivity between important biological hotspots that promote regional biodiversity, and will also engage the public 's participation in restoration activities.
Yosemite National Park
The Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog (Rana sierrae) was once the most abundant vertebrate in the mountains of California, but steep population declines during the past century have pushed this species to the brink of extinction. The park will tag and radio-track frogs to identify critical habitats and movement corridors. These efforts will improve the effectiveness of conservation actions undertaken to recover this frog.
Rocky Mountain National Park
In partnership with the Estes Valley Bear Education Task Force, the park will provide food storage lockers for the newly re-opened Glacier Basin Campground as well as launch an education campaign on bear safety for park visitors and neighbors.

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The program is made possible through the generous support of  Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Subaru, and the National Park Foundation.