Helping the Helpers Get People Outside

Enjoying outdoor recreation.

Enjoying outdoor recreation.


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Barriers that prevent people from engaging the outdoors are as diverse as the individuals, themselves. The Texas Co-Op Grant program from Texas Parks and Wildlife enables non-profits to chip away at those walls.

16-This grant program has been around for almost 20 years. And, it was designed to get underserved audiences involved in Texas Parks and Wildlife programs, activities and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Cappy Smith coordinates the program, which has $1.5 million dollars available in 2016 for reimbursement grants. She explains.

18-They [the non-profits] have to have some of their own resources available to fund the program. Let’s say that they are buying new mountain bikes. So, they buy those mountain bikes and then they submit the documentation to us. And then what we do is we reimburse them for that expense.

Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000. Cappy Smith says the Co-Op grant program provides assistance to those needing help writing their proposal.

11-We do offer Co-Op grant writing classes. The workshops are free, and we invite people to come to those. We go through the application step-by-step.

Find submission deadlines, workshop schedules and other information about the community outdoor outreach grants program on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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