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Press Release – New Grant Opportunities!

Parks California to manage $8 million program as part of a 4-year collaboration with partners


This press release was published on the California State Parks website at 9am on Friday April 12, 2024. Reproduced in full below, you can also read the original here on their website.

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For Immediate Release
Apr. 12, 2024


California State Parks

California Arts Council
Carissa Gutierrez

Parks California
Debbie Felix

California State Parks, California Arts Council and Parks California Launch New Grant Program to Fund Art Installations and Programming in Local Community Parks Across California

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California State Parks, the California Arts Council, and Parks California today announced the launch of a new Arts in California Parks grants program – the Local Parks Grant Program. A total of $8 million in grants is available to local non-profit and community organizations to support art and cultural programs in local communities across the state.

The Local Parks Grant Program is one of two distinct programs of the Arts in California Parks program, which was jointly announced last year by the three partners. Today’s launch makes the grant program available for the first time, with two additional cycles planned for 2025 and 2026, for a total of three funding cycles. Eligible applicants include 501(c)3 Organizations, California Native American tribes, Native 7871 Organizations, Land Trusts, Fiscally Sponsored Community Organizations, Foundations and Government Agencies (City, County, Regional).

The Local Parks Grant Program, managed by Parks California, 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, parks, open space and natural areas through community events, programming and installations that help build sustainable community connections, health and well-being.

Eligible projects must be open to the general public. Projects may be located on 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. Projects must demonstrate how they meet the goal to create community connections to California’s diverse natural and cultural history.

Details about the competitive grant process, including criteria and deadlines, and an overall project timeline are available at To support interested prospective applicants, Parks California will host an informational webinar on April 17 to learn about grant eligibility and the application process. 

Grant announcements are anticipated to be released in September 2024.

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Culture is the strongest signifier of California’s identity. As a state agency, the California Arts Council supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, programs, and services. The agency’s mission is to strengthen arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. Learn more at

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Launched in 2019 as the official statutory non-profit partner to California State Parks, Parks California was created to be a new model of public, private, and non-profit partnership. Working statewide to collaboratively solve complex problems and create long-term solutions, Parks California currently operates over 30 projects, which are funded by government, public-private partnership agreements as well as the generous support of private donations. For more information, visit