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Local Parks Grant Program

This new multi-year grant program intends to create local community connections to California’s rich and diverse cultural history and natural areas outside of California’s state park boundaries. Eligible projects will enhance connections to local cultural history, local parks, open space or natural areas through community events, programming or installations that help to build sustainable community connections, health and well-being. The Local Parks Grants Program will be managed and administered by Parks California.

This program supports the “Outdoor Access for All” initiative led by Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, along with the Natural Resources Agency’s “Outdoors for All” initiative, and California State Parks’Reexamining Our Past Initiative.

2024/2025 Grant Cycles


Planning and Development Grants

8-month grant cycle

October 2024 – May 2025

Support the early stages of project development with a focus on building partnerships, artist selection and developing project plans.

Implementation Grants

12-month grant cycle

October 2024 – September 2025

Support the execution of community engagement, art and culture programs with a well-defined partnership.

Minimum Requirements

  • Eligible applicants are 501(c)3 organizations, California Native American Tribes, Native 7871 Organizations, Land Trusts, Fiscally Sponsored Community Organizations, Foundations, and Local Government Agencies (City, County, Regional).
  • Applicants must facilitate a partnership between nonprofit(s), artist (s) and local public park manager(s). Partnerships may include 501c3 non-profit organizations, California Native American tribes, foundations, land trusts and/or local governments.
  • Projects must bring art and nature together as a catalyst for community connection in local parks.
  • Projects must contribute to community connection, health, well-being and/or placemaking.
  • Projects must be open to the general public.
  • Projects must take place at a local park.

What is a local park?

Local parks include land that is owned or managed by a local city, county, park or community service district, land trusts, regional park or open space district, non-profit organization or foundation, or any other entity other than federal and state agencies. Both indoor and outdoor spaces can be considered.

Important Upcoming Dates

April 17, 2024: Informational Webinar. View the recording here.

April 24 – May 29: Virtual Office Hours every Wednesday from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Register here!

Additional office hours have been added – register here!

  • Monday May 6th at 10 a.m.
  • Friday May 17th at 2 p.m.
  • Monday May 20th at 10 a.m

June 14, 2024: Deadline for Grant Proposals

September 2024: Grantee Announcement

Learn more!

Find more details about grant eligibility and the application process, including a wide range of essential tools to support applicants of the Arts in California Parks Local Parks Grant Program.

Visit the Local Parks Grants resource hub to preview the application, download a helpful checklist, and more!

Explore frequently asked questions and important dates!