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.
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
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, January 21 at 1:00 p.m.
DNR Conference Room at 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, S.E., Suite 1252 East Tower
Board of Trustees members have the option of calling in via conference call to the meeting.
Rob Stokes, Outdoor Stewardship Grant Specialist
Telephone: (404) 463-8570
Taylor Brown, Grants Unit Supervisor
Telephone: (404) 463-8601