Celebrate 100 Years of National Parks
Grants Available for National Parks Centennial Celebrations

Purpose of the Fund

To honor the National Park Service’s 100th birthday in 2016, the California Wildlands Grassroots Fund (Cal Wildlands) has created a one-time National Parks Centennial Celebration grantmaking program to support community-based celebrations and events across California. The National Parks Centennial provides an exciting opportunity to highlight the importance of National Parks to California wildlands, strengthen and build diverse constituencies for National Parks, and demonstrate the value of public lands to local communities in terms of both economic development and quality of life. 
The California Wildlands Grassroots Fund was created 13 years ago to fund grassroots activism in support of wilderness, open space, wildlands, and habitat – values that are also at the core of the National Park Service. Cal Wildlands is proud to offer this special grant opportunity to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the special wildlands of California’s National Parks.
Note that this is a one-time, special program that operates with its own guidelines, criteria, and application process. It is offered as an adjunct to Cal Wildlands’ regular grantmaking program. Receiving a Centennial Celebration grant will not preclude applying for and receiving a regular Cal Wildlands grant. In addition, your organization does not have to be a Cal Wildlands grantee to be eligible for this special program.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants and projects must meet all of the following criteria:
  • Applicant must be a nonprofit organization or fiscally sponsored project.
  • The project must be an event or community-based program in California to celebrate the National Parks Centennial in relation to one or more of the California National Parks identified in this RFP (see list below.) Applying organizations do not need to be headquartered in California, as long as the project is based there.
  • Grant funds must be used to support ONLY the direct expenses of the event or program that celebrates the National Park Centennial.
  • While applicants may utilize social media to advertise their event or include some type of on-line virtual celebration to expand participation, the core event must take place in a specific community or location.

We are particularly interested in programs

  • Rooted in partnerships and collaborations that extend beyond environmental organizations, such as businesses, local landowners, tribes and tribal organizations, schools (including colleges and universities), local governments, other community institutions (4H, Elks, youth organizations, etc.), community based organizations (including civil rights and economic development organizations), and individuals.
  • Engaging youth and non-traditional environmental allies.
  • Highlighting the community benefits (including economic) of open space protection.
  • Directly connected to advocacy for parks and wildlands, including new monuments or wilderness areas, and the expansion of existing parks.

Anticipated activities related to the National Parks Centennial Celebration may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Service learning days;
  • Clean-up and restoration activities;
  • Art shows and expositions;
  • Festivals conferences, workshops, trainings or symposiums;
  • Tours and outdoor recreation (camping trips, hikes, etc.), especially those with the goal of introducing new constituencies to our National Parks and wildlands;
  • Citizen science programs.
Since the Cal Wildllands Fund was created to fund grassroots activism in support of wilderness, open space, wildlands, and habitat in California, celebrations or events must focus on the following National Parks:
Channel Islands National Park Mojave National Preserve
Death Valley National Park Muir Woods National Monument
Devils Postpile National Monument Pinnacles National Monument
Golden Gate National Recreation Area Point Reyes National Seashore
John Muir National Historic Site Redwood National and State Parks
Joshua Tree National Park Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Lassen Volcanic National Park Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Lava Beds National Monument Yosemite National Park

We will also consider applications for California-based events focused on a statewide celebration of the National Parks Centennial.

Application Process

Please follow these instructions to apply to the National Parks Centennial Celebration Program. This program will offer one-time, special purpose small grants of up to $5,000. To accommodate differing Centennial Celebration event timelines, we are offering two application deadlines:
  • March 1, 2016 (grant announcements no later than April 15)
  • June 1, 2016 (grant announcements no later than July 15)
While we are offering two deadlines, you may apply only once to this program. We strongly encourage organizations holding events this summer to apply by the first (March 1, 2016) deadline.

The following information will be required when submitting an application: 

Organizational Information: Organization name, Tax ID number, website address, name of the primary contact person, title of contact person, address, telephone number, fax, email. Please note that the applying organization does not have to be based in California, but the event must be.

Fiscal Sponsor Contact Information (if applicable): Including primary contact person, email, telephone number, address, and Tax ID number.

Project Name: Please provide the name of your National Park Centennial celebration event.

Project Summary: Please provide a short (no more than 2 - 3 sentences) summary of your celebration event.

Amount Requested: How much money are you requesting for your event? ($5,000 maximum grant size)

Celebration Event Description:
  • Please describe your event or program.
  • Who are your partners in planning and execution?
  • What are your goals? What impact do you hope to have? (This can include numbers of people participating, media coverage, attracting new allies or opinion leaders to your event(s), raising awareness around ongoing wilderness, parks and open space issues, community awareness of the value of wilderness and open space, etc.)
  • How does this event interface with local communities?
  • Is your event or program connected to advocacy for expanding a national park, creating a new national monument, wilderness designations, or greater protection of existing wildlands areas? If so, how? And how will this project advance advocacy and organizing?
  • How does your proposed event or program relate to other Centennial events? Are you aware of other National Parks Centennial celebrations in your park, and, if so, are you connecting with the organizations hosting those events?
Financial Information:
  • Expense and revenue budget for the event (including how you would allocate the amount requested from the National Parks Centennial Celebration Program).
  • Actual expenses and revenues for the event as of application date.
  • Fundraising plan for the event and status as of application date.

How to Submit your Proposal

Proposals may be submitted using our online grant application portal or by email. Please don’t do both.

To submit proposals online, go to: http://www.rosefdn.org/onlineapplication. If you have previously applied to Rose Foundation for a grant, please use the same login and password.

To submit proposals by email, send to calwildlands@rosefdn.org. Please send your proposal including attachments in PDF, Word, or Excel formats. Please limit total narrative to six pages or less, plus budget and financial information.

What Happens Next

You will receive an email acknowledgement of your proposal within a few days of receipt. Applicants may or may not be contacted for follow up information. 

For Further Information

Email: calwildlands@rosefdn.org
Call: (510) 658-0702
Visit our website: www.rosefdn.org/calwildlandscentennialgrants
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