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2008 Guidelines and Application


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2008 Grant Funds | Catalyst Fund | Impact Fund | Collaboration Fund | Infrustructure Fund | Multi-Year Funding

The 2007 grant rounds are now closed. Our 2008 Grantmaking Plan has been adopted by our Board of Directors and you can view the Plan by visiting the Annual Grantmaking Plan Overview page. We are currently working on the full 2008 Guidelines, Request for Proposals and Application Processes and anticipate having this information available on this page in December.

For your reference, we have included information below regarding our 2008 grant funds as outlined in the 2008 Grantmaking Plan.

2008 Grant Funds and Budget

The Stewardship Council will commit between $2.0 million and $2.5 million in grant funding for 2008. We will continue to offer four grant funds.

  1. "Catalyst" - Program funding for under $15,000
  2. "Impact" - Program funding from $15,000-$50,000
  3. "Collaboration" - Program funding from $50,000-$150,000
  4. "Infrastructure" - Infrastructure funding up to $200,000


Catalyst Fund: Nurturing Grassroots Efforts to Improve Access to Outdoor Experiences

The Stewardship Council will target $150,000 to support grassroots organizations. The Catalyst funds will be available for qualified applicants requesting less than $15,000. A qualified grassroots organization is defined as one that is all or largely volunteer driven; has few full-time staff persons or equivalent; has an annual budget, including projects, of less than $150,000; and has not received significant foundation support. Grassroots organizations must identify a significant need related to access to outdoor experiences, describe why that need is a priority for the community, develop a clear plan for translating that need into action, and demonstrate an ability to account for the expenditure of funds. Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded during two funding cycles in 2008. Applicants in this round will not be required to have been in operation for at least one year.

Request for Proposal: To be posted in December

Awards Announced: Schedule To Be Determined



Impact Fund: Sparking Innovation and Lowering Barriers

The Impact Fund is designed to support more established organizations with the resources they need to get underserved youth connected to the outdoors. These grants have the potential to provide resources to overcome some of the obstacles and barriers identified in the Stewardship Councilís background research. Organizations are encouraged to request funds that will address the barriers that are keeping youth from getting outdoors. In particular, these funds have the potential for lowering the threshold for accessing the outdoors; enhancing the cultural relevancy of the programming offered by the grant-seeking organization; or creating an innovative approach to reaching this population. These funds may be used for, but are not limited to, dedicated programming or operations, program staff, development, and capacity building.

Request for Proposal: To be posted in December

Awards Announced: Schedule To Be Determined



Collaboration Fund: Developing Field-wide Initiatives and Partnerships

The Collaboration Fund is designed to support field-wide initiatives through partnerships among youth-serving organizations. These grants should result in new or expanded programs that could not be accomplished by a single organization; are innovative and creative in their approach; result in significant local or regional impact; bring together multiple sectors within the broader youth development field for a more cohesive and well-rounded approach to outdoor education; and advance the field of parks and outdoor education. These grants are not intended to be large program grants but rather they are designed to help create an opportunity for many organizations to work together on issues of common concern.

Both new and existing partnerships may apply for funding. Partner organizations with a history of collaborating must demonstrate how this project will expand their partnership to offer a new level or type of service for young people.

Request for Proposal: To be posted in December

Awards Announced: Schedule To Be Determined



Infrastructure Fund: Building Parks and Playgrounds

The Infrastructure Fund is designed to support efforts to improve community parks and open space to make them more accessible, viable and safe for children and youth. Proposals will increase and/or greatly improve park infrastructure and will directly result in creating more welcoming environments. These grants are intended to support proposals that have identified park projects that address physical obstacles to getting children and/or youth outdoors and that will result in long-term infrastructure improvements that reduce barriers that keep children and youth from using the park or open space. The Stewardship Council will consider proposals in all phases of building, from planning to final construction.

Request for Proposal: To be posted in December

Awards Announced: Schedule To Be Determined



Multi-Year Funding

In 2007, the Youth Investment Program decided to defer initiation of multi-year grants because of a number concerns including encumbering future year budgets. We will revisit multi-year grants in 2008, with the benefit of having repeat grantees from whom to learn. We will continue to exercise the option of distributing Infrastructure funds over two years. We anticipate that three out of the five estimated Infrastructure grants will be paid out over a two-year period.





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