Applicants and projects must meet all of the following criteria:
- Applicant must be a nonprofit organization or fiscally sponsored project.
- The project must be an event or community-based program in California to celebrate the National Parks Centennial in relation to one or more of the California National Parks identified in this RFP (see list below.) Applying organizations do not need to be headquartered in California, as long as the project is based there.
- Grant funds must be used to support ONLY the direct expenses of the event or program that celebrates the National Park Centennial.
- While applicants may utilize social media to advertise their event or include some type of on-line virtual celebration to expand participation, the core event must take place in a specific community or location.
We are particularly interested in programs:
- Rooted in partnerships and collaborations that extend beyond environmental organizations, such as businesses, local landowners, tribes and tribal organizations, schools (including colleges and universities), local governments, other community institutions (4H, Elks, youth organizations, etc.), community based organizations (including civil rights and economic development organizations), and individuals.
- Engaging youth and non-traditional environmental allies.
- Highlighting the community benefits (including economic) of open space protection.
- Directly connected to advocacy for parks and wildlands, including new monuments or wilderness areas, and the expansion of existing parks.
Anticipated activities related to the National Parks Centennial Celebration may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Service learning days;
- Clean-up and restoration activities;
- Art shows and expositions;
- Festivals conferences, workshops, trainings or symposiums;
- Tours and outdoor recreation (camping trips, hikes, etc.), especially those with the goal of introducing new constituencies to our National Parks and wildlands;
- Citizen science programs.
Since the Cal Wildllands Fund was created to fund grassroots activism in support of wilderness, open space, wildlands, and habitat in California, celebrations or events must focus on the following National Parks:
- Channel Islands National Park
- Death Valley National Park
- Devils Postpile National Monument
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area
- John Muir National Historic Site
- Joshua Tree National Park
- Lassen Volcanic National Park
- Lava Beds National Monument
- Mojave National Preserve
- Muir Woods National Monument
- Pinnacles National Monument
- Point Reyes National Seashore
- Redwood National and State Parks
- Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
- Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
- Yosemite National Park
We will also consider applications for California-based events focused on a statewide celebration of the National Parks Centennial.
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