|•||Read the grant program requirements, instructions, and guidance documents.|
|•||Conduct an evaluation of your organization’s guiding documents (strategic plan, annual work plan, management action plan, interpretive plan, etc.) to determine the specific project(s), work tasks, outputs, and outcomes you would like to accomplish with grant funding.|
|•||Contact your Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Regional Advisor to discuss your ideas.|
|•||Secure match and gain commitment letters from those providing match.|
|•||Calculate billable hourly rates for each position within your organization that will contribute to satisfying the project scope of work.|
|•||Have your governing body pass the grant resolution.|
|•||Establish a time-line to submit your application well before the deadline.|
Convening, Education, or Training
Projects that develop, promote, and/or conduct training or education programs; prepare and distribute technical assistance or educational materials, brochures or videos and/or otherwise provide for the training and education of professionals and/or the general public on a local, county, regional or statewide basis. These projects address issues related to plan implementation, capacity building, training or education programs related to natural resource and community conservation, land and open space preservation, greenways, trails and recreation and parks.
Example of these types of projects include: Advancing awareness of rivers, greenways, trails, recreation and/or conservation issues through educational conferences, workshops, materials, publications, sojourns and websites.
Special Purpose and Planning Studies
Special Purpose Planning is a comprehensive planning process that will define a long-range (5-10 year) plan of action to organize, implement, manage and market natural resource and community conservation, heritage resources, land and open space preservation, greenways, trails, recreation and parks, or cultural preservation.
Special Purpose Study is a more concentrated study or plan necessary to implement one or more of the recommendations of a previously completed planning study. These projects will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
The Bureau requires that project consultants are selected using a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process.
Examples of special purpose studies would be management action plans, economic assessments, marketing plans, specialized inventories, preservation and interpretive plans, as well as, special feasibility studies.
Implementation Projects are non-planning projects that implement recommendations of previously completed special purpose plans or studies. Examples of implementation projects include the construction of interpretive/educational exhibits, programs, signage and materials, as well as, promotional/marketing products.
The Bureau requires an open and competitive process for the award of all sub-contracts.
Statewide and regional partners may request mini-grant funding to develop small grant programs that will implement multiple projects through their local partners. These projects should advance priorities identified through previous completed plans. The request can include a combination of project types eligible for funding under the Statewide and Regional category.
A 50/50 match requirement applies to all projects funded.