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.
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2023-2024 Funding Cycle Announcement
2023-2024 Funding Cycle Announcement
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 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.
GOSP Funding Cycle Dates are as Follows:
August 1, 2023 - Pre-application window opens
October 13, 2023 - Pre-application window closes
Spring 2024 - Successful Pre-applicants notified
Spring 2024 - Second-level Application window opens
Summer 2024 - Final Approval of Projects
DNR Grants Staff will conduct two webinar-based Educational Workshops, covering the highlights of the Program and offering training on the application process. These workshops will be at no cost to the public, but we do ask that you register below. Each webinar will be limited to 100 logins to accommodate effective question and answer opportunities. Early registration is encouraged to secure your desired date.
Workshop dates and times are as follows:
Thursday, June 22, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Please register for GOSP Educational Workshops at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3214496340881496664
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
If you have any questions or need additional information concerning the GOSP workshops, please contact Bethany Carnes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-463-0288
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.
Board of Trustees Members & Meeting Information
Next Board of Trustees Meeting:
Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at 9:30 a.m.
DNR Conference Room - 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, S.E., Suite 1252 East Tower, Atlanta, GA 30334
Previous Grant Award Announcements
2019-2020: DNR Announces 14 Grants Through the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program
2020-2021: DNR Announces Nine Grants Through the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program
2021-2022: DNR Announces 15 Grants Through the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program
2022-2023: Grants Awarded for Conservation and Outdoor Recreation
Bethany Carnes, GOSP Grant Specialist
Soheila Naji, Outdoor Stewardship Program Coordinator
Taylor Brown, Grants Unit Supervisor
Telephone: (404) 463-8601