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PARTNER IN RAISING & GRANTING

The Foundation is a partner in both raising and granting funds for the programs, projects, and equipment highlighted below. As a funding partner, the Foundation considers the overall budget and the percentage of funds being requested of the Foundation compared to the funds provided from other public and private sources. We seek to maximize our impact by leveraging partnerships.

SMALL GRANTS

The Florida State Parks Foundation is proud to offer small grant opportunities to our CSO members, as well as parks that do not have a CSO. In 2024, the Foundation awarded 10 grants of $10,000 each for a total reward amount of $100,000 to support accessibility, resource restoration and park maintenance. The list of the 2024 grant recipients includes Friends of Camp Helen State Park, Friends of DeLeon Springs State Park, Friends of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Friends of Fort Clinch, Friends of Gamble Rogers State Park, Friends of Koreshan State Park, Inc., Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park, Inc., Friends of Oleta River State Park, Friends of Pensacola State Parks, and Stephen Foster Citizen Support Organization.
School Field Trip
Busses in the park

Yellow Buses in State Parks

Florida State Parks play an indispensable role in preserving the jewels of Florida’s natural environments and historical and cultural history. The Foundation believes it’s vital that children understand the importance of these environments and to know of Florida’s deep history and past cultures. Florida State Parks offer excellent educational opportunities designed specifically for school field trips. However bus field trip transportation costs may not be within reach by many schools and school districts. The purpose of Yellow Buses in State Parks is to assist with these costs so that no child is deprived from the benefits of these valuable educational experiences. Yellow Buses in State Parks grants can be requested for paying transportation costs only directly to the provider.

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Access For All

The Foundation supports the Florida Park Service’s commitment to providing inclusive experiences to every park visitor. Many innovative advances have been made that allow people with disabilities unprecedented access to the outdoors: all-terrain power wheelchairs able to handle deep sand or rugged trails; accessible kayak launches; roll out matting that transforms sandy beaches into stable easily traversed paths; and more. Access for All grants can be requested to provide funding for accessibility projects, equipment and services.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT GRANTS

For more information about Florida State Park Foundation grants contact us at grants@floridastateparksfoundation.org.