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 becomes effective July 1, 2019. The first grant funding cycle will open fall of 2019.
2019-2020 Funding Cycle Announcement
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 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 Recreational Trails Program, 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:
September 1, 2019 – Pre-application window opens
October 31, 2019 – Pre-application window closes
February 3, 2020 – Successful pre-applicants notified
February 10, 2020 – Second-level application window opens
May 31, 2020 – Second-level application period closes
Summer 2020 – Final Approval of Projects
2019 Grant Workshops - Registration Open
This summer, DNR Grants Staff will conduct four co-sponsored two-day workshops throughout Georgia, covering the highlights of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program and Recreational Trails Program and offering training on the application process. These workshops will be free to the public, but we do ask that you register in advance.
Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program Board of Trustees
The next Board of Trustees meeting will be held Monday, July 15, 2019 at 1:30 pm at the following location:
DNR Board Room, East Tower 12th Floor
2 MLK Jr. Dr., S.E., Atlanta, GA 30334
Taylor Brown, Grants Unit Supervisor
Telephone: (404) 463-8601
Rob Stokes, Outsdoor Stewardship Grant Specialist
Telephone: (404) 463-8570