California Natural Resources Agency
09/16/20 5:00 PM
Grants to California nonprofit organizations, agencies, and tribes for educational and outreach programs that are youth-led. Projects should increase access to services and activities in the focus areas of nature, culture, outdoor experiences and skills workshops, farming, and agriculture. Priority consideration is given to youth in underserved and low-income communities. Funding will be awarded to programs including that support youth substance use prevention and early intervention.
Research abounds demonstrating the connection between the outdoors and the physical, emotional, and mental success of young people. From camp experiences to urban parks, being in nature reduces stress, builds confidence, promotes creativity, encourages exercise, and teaches responsibility. Each of these aspects, in addition to others, contribute to a young person’s health and wellbeing, including substance use prevention.
In accordance with Proposition 64 and the research discussed above, the Youth Community Access Grant Program will focus awards on communities disproportionately affected by past federal and state drug policies, also known as the War on Drugs, as well as other underserved communities.
Underserved communities means communities of color and vulnerable populations. Communities of color are American Indian/Alaskan Native, African American, Asian-Pacific Islander, and Latinx. Vulnerable populations are foster and transition age youth, LGBTQIA youth, youth with disabilities, youth involved in the juvenile or criminal justice system, and other youth populations disproportionately affected by past state and federal drug policies.
For more details on underserved communities and the War on Drugs, see pages 8-9 of the Guidelines in the Supporting Documents section below.
This program is a competitive grant program to support public programs, educational programs, job training programs, outreach programs, and small capital asset projects to support youth access to natural and cultural resources.
Projects containing the following elements will be given priority consideration in funding decisions:
Applicants must propose either a program project or a capital project or a combination of a program and capital project. For combination projects the program and capital aspects must directly tie to and support each other.
For examples of potential funded activities, see pages 9-10 of the Guidelines in the Supporting Documents section below.
GrantWatch ID#: 191676
The maximum award for an individual project is $300,000. The minimum award amount is $25,000.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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