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.
2021-2022 Funding Cycle Announcement - Opens on August 2, 2021
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 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 Trail 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.
GOSP Funding Cycle Dates are as Follows:
August 2, 2021 - Pre-application window opens
October 15, 2021 - Pre-application window closes
Spring 2022 - Successful Pre-applicants notified
Spring 2022 - Second-level Application window opens
May 30, 2022 - Second-level Application period closes
Summer 2022 - Final Approval of Projects
DNR Grants Staff will conduct two web-based one-day workshops about the GOSP Grant; these sessions will also include information about applying for the Recreational Trails Program’s (RTP) Grant. Unfortunately, these sessions are both full, but resources to support applicants, including the slides that will be used in those presentations and the Program Manual, can be found on the righthand side of this page. A recording of the presentation will be made available following the sessions.
If you have any questions or need additional information concerning the GOSP workshops, please contact Soheila Naji at (404) 463-0288 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, July 13, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.
DNR Conference Room at 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, S.E., Suite 1252 East Tower
Join Zoom Meeting at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84435989505?pwd=UTIzYjhvOVFxbWZ6YTl5RS9qRnFDZz09
Meeting ID: 844 3598 9505
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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