Outdoor Equity Grants Program
$50 million is available for Round Two
OGALS is Accepting Applications - Submission Deadline December 14, 2023
The Outdoor Equity Grants Program (OEP) improves the health and wellness of Californians through new educational and recreational activities, service learning, career pathways, and leadership opportunities that strengthen a connection to the natural world. OEP’s intent is to increase the ability of residents in underserved communities to participate in outdoor experiences within their community, at state parks, and other public lands.
Round Two of OEP provides funding for California’s underserved communities which will continue to advance the goals of 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.
Applications must be submitted online before 5:00pm on Thursday, December 14, 2023. Click the Submittable button below to begin an online application.
Applicants will use this guide to plan and submit the grant application. Contact the Competitive Project Officer for your county for technical assistance.
Grant Request Per Application
- Maximum grant request per COMMUNITY HOME BASE: $700,000
- Minimum grant request per COMMUNITY HOME BASE: $20,000
- 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
Outdoor programs must 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.
- Application Round Two Timeline
- Competitive Chart
- Community FactFinder Tool
- Community Fact Finder Tool Overview Video
Fillable Application Forms
- Application Form
- Authorizing Resolution
- Community FactFinder Certification Form
- Funding Sources Form
- Grant Scope/Cost Estimate Form
- Reporting Certification Form
Application Technical Assistance Workshops
Twelve Application Workshops were conducted with approximately 500 participants statewide from August through October 2023.
Past In-Person Workshops (9:00 am – 12:30 pm)
Recorded Past Webinar Workshops -Virtual application workshops were conducted in August and October 2023. Click the links below to listen to the recorded webinars.
Grant Performance Period
Grantees are not to start the OEP program until after the funds are awarded. An updated performance period will be provided as soon as possible.
All OEP applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Grant Administration Guide (next section below) to better understand the full OEP process, should the grant be awarded.
Outdoor Equity Grants Program Administration Guide - Revised 2023
Grant Payment Forms:
OEP All Payment Forms Combined, includes these individual forms:
Provide a sample timesheet if seeking reimbursement for in-house employee services.
Program Recognition - Grantees shall recognize the Outdoor Equity Grants Program on any project announcements, social media, website, marketing materials, and news releases using the phrase: “This program funded by the Outdoor Equity Grants Program, created through AB 209 and administered by California State Parks, Office of Grants and Local Services.”
Grant Administration Workshops