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Get outdoors with a CO-OP grant

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 by Tai Moses

For 25 years, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s CO-OP grants have helped community groups connect Texans with the outdoors so they can enjoy activities like camping, hiking, archery, fishing and nature education. The grants are designed to help reduce the barriers that many underrepresented groups can face in the form of transportation, meals, training, outdoor gear and supplies. CO-OP, which has awarded more than $22 million in outdoor exploration grants since its founding, is funded from a portion of state sales tax collected on sporting goods. Grant awards range between $5,000 and $60,000 and are distributed to Texas nonprofits via a competitive grant process each year. This year’s deadline is Nov. 1. Listen to a recorded grant writing workshop that tells you “everything you need to know to apply for a CO-OP grant, no matter if you’re a first-time grant writer or a seasoned grant pro.” Learn more about CO-OP grants here.

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