During the 2018 legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 332 and House Resolution 238, establishing the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act. On November 6, 2018 Georgia voters passed the amendment with 83% support. This newly founded grant program will provide a dedicated funding mechanism to support parks and trails and protect and acquire lands critical to wildlife, clean water and outdoor recreation across the state of Georgia.
The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act became effective July 1, 2019. Applicants may apply for Conserve Georgia grants and loans through the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program by completing an online application. Eligible proposals include projects that support state parks and trails; support local parks and trails of state and regional significance; provide stewardship of conservation land; or acquire critical areas for the provision or protection or clean water, wildlife, hunting, fishing, military installation buffering, or for natural resource-based outdoor recreation. To learn more about the program and funding, please see the Program Manual.
2020-2021 Funding Cycle Announcement - Opens August 1, 2020
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 funding cycle for the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program.
All eligible applicants must complete a pre-application online. Following the competitive pre-application phase, successful pre-applicants will be invited to complete a second-level application. Applicants may submit pre-applications for both the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program and Land and Water Conservation Fund, but applications must be for separate projects. The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program is a grant and loan program administered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and authorized by The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act. Program funds will be dispersed for the purpose of providing stewardship to state parks; state lands and wildlife management areas; to support local parks and trails; and to protect critical conservation lands. Eligible applicants include qualified local governments (as determined by the Department of Community Affairs), constituted recreation authorities, state agencies and nongovernmental entities with a core mission of conservation.
Anticipated Grant Cycle Timeline:
August 1, 2020 – Pre-application window opens
October 16, 2020 – Pre-application window closes
February 2021 – Successful Pre-applicants notified/
Spring 2021 – Second-level Application window opens
May 30, 2021 – Second-level Application period closes
Summer 2021 – Final Approval of Projects
The DNR Grants Staff conducted a series of webinar-based Educational Workshops covering the highlights of the GOSP program and offered training on the application process. These also featured an overview of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program, which will also be offering funding opportunities this cycle. The dates of these Workshops are outlined below. For continued reference, recorded modules of the GOSP Program are available in the links below. Modules covering the LWCF session will also be available on the LWCF page.
Workshop dates and times were as follows:
June 2, 2020, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
June 4, 2020, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
June 9, 2020, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
June 11, 2020, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
June 16, 2020, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
June 23, 2020, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
June 25, 2020, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund consists of 11 members. The Board is responsible for accepting applications and evaluating and approving the proposals in accordance with priorities established by the Board. The Board of Trustees meet quarterly for the transaction of business and to review the progress of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund. The dates and locations of these meetings will be posted on the DNR website.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
DNR Conference Room at 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, S.E., Suite 1252 East Tower
Rob Stokes, Outdoor Stewardship Grant Coordinator
Telephone: (404) 463-8570
Soheila Naji, Outdoor Stewardship Grant Specialist
Telephone: (404) 463-0288
Taylor Brown, Grants Unit Supervisor
Telephone: (404) 463-8601