Outdoor Equity Grants Program

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$57 Million Awarded


California State Parks will be providing $57 million in grant funding to 125 communities to help advance the “Outdoor Access for All” initiative championed by Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the Natural Resources Agency’s “Outdoors for All” initiative. This effort expands outdoor access to all Californians through focused investments in open space infrastructure, outdoor programming, and improvements to permit applications, with a priority to expanding access in underserved communities.

Awarded through the new Outdoor Equity Grants Program, the funding helps establish hubs for local activities and trips to natural areas for underserved communities. The program also empowers youth and families with outdoor leadership education, career pathways, environmental justice engagement, and access to nature.

The $57 million was made available through general funds approved by the California Legislature and Governor Newsom in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 state budgets.

Below are some Round 1 Highlights:

  • $167.78 million in requests - 384 grant applications
  • $57 million in grants – 125 grants

We invite you to learn more about the grant program by exploring the links below.

This page includes a summary of the grantee program goals for each of the 125 grants.  And, you can see where the community home base locations are by clicking the "Map" option.  

Eligible Applicants

  • All Public Agencies (local, state, and federal government, school districts and educational agencies, joint powers authorities, open-space authorities, regional open-space districts, and other relevant public agencies)
  • Non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status

Eligible Programs

Outdoor programs will be designed to take place in the community and at natural area destinations.  See the Program Overview and Grant Selection Criteria in the Application Guide for more information.

Total Amount Available

$57,000,000

Final Application Guide

Use this guide to plan and submit the grant application.  The OEP Team is committed to give technical assistance.  Contact information is below.

Grant Administration Guide
The Grant Administration Guide will be used by grant recipients that are selected for funding when grant awards are announced.  It includes a sample grant agreement, the payment process, and accounting/record keeping requirements.

Use this link to preview the online application system:  Video Tour of Online Application

Click here to Submit


Technical Assistance Links

Please use the following links to access these resources


“Grant Performance Period”  (update to page 4 of the Application Guide)

All applications will compete for the available $57 million during this application cycle.  The $57 million comes from two state budget years so there are two possible grant performance periods.    

7/1/2020 to 6/30/2025 

  • Pre-Award Planning Costs are eligible for reimbursement as of 7/1/2020. 
  • Complete the program within three years from grant award, by or before spring 2025.

7/1/2021 to 6/30/2026

  • Pre-Award Planning Costs become eligible for reimbursement starting on 7/1/2021 (not 7/1/2020). 
  • Complete the program within four years from grant award, by or before spring 2026.

The competitive review team may discuss either grant performance period with applicants before grant awards are announced.

For technical assistance, applicants are encouraged to send questions to the “Competitive Grant Application/Pre-Award” Project Officer based on the county where the Community Home Base is located.  Please use this link:  List of Competitive Application Project Officers by County

The Outdoor Equity Grants Program was established by Assembly Bill 209 (Limón).

The first competitive round of applications were received on October 8, 2021, and grants were announced on May 27, 2022.

  • $167.78 million in requests - 384 grant applications
  • $57 million in grants – 125 grants