Nature Education Facilities Program
GRANT AWARDS ANNOUNCED
The Office of Grants and Local Services awarded 44 grants totaling $93 million. This was a one-cycle grant program and there are no additional rounds.
More than 300 applications were received requesting almost $1 billion for the available $93 million. A tiered funding schedule enabled funding of a broad variety of sizes and types of projects and allowed applicants to compete against other projects requesting a similar amount. Grants were awarded in all tiers and range from $32,000 to $7 million. Although the actual numbers of applications received in each tier impacted the overall distribution of funds, the outstanding quality of the projects awarded in each tier is consistent with the program's intent.
List of Awarded Projects
Application Due Date was 7/1/10
Applications had to be post-marked or delivered by this date.
Nature Education Facilities Program Application Guide - (3/1/10) (PDF)
Nature Education Facilities Program Application Guide - (3/1/10) (DOC)
Frequently Asked Questions - (5/20/10)
The following forms required for the application packet can be completed and printed by clicking on each link below:
Authorizing Resolution Form
Funding Sources Form
Grant Cost Estimate Form
Grant Cost Estimate Form (DOC)
CEQA Compliance Certification Form
Land Tenure Form
The NEF will fund projects for development of nature education facilities, buildings, structures and exhibit galleries that present collections to inspire and educate the public and for marine wildlife conservation research equipment and facilities.
Funding for this $93 million grant program was made available through the Parks and Nature Education Facilities chapter in Proposition 84, Public Resources Code Division 43, Chap. 8, §75063 (b).
The funds were appropriated in the 2009/10 Budget Act and made available for the program as of 07/01/09.
Public institutions including cities, counties, districts (as defined), California State Agencies and Non-profit organizations qualified to do business in California, and qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Joint powers authorities will also be considered an eligible applicant if at least one of the members qualifies as an eligible applicant, and subject to review and approval of the underlying joint powers authority agreement.
Eligible institutions include those that:
Combine the study of natural science with preservation, demonstration and education programs that serve diverse populations
Institutions that provide collections and programs related to the relationship of Native American cultures to the environment, and
Institutions for marine wildlife conservation research.
Eligible projects include nature education facilities, buildings, structures and exhibit galleries that present collections to inspire and educate the public and marine wildlife conservation research equipment and facilities.