Get Outdoors

Established in 2020, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s Get Outdoors Fund (GO) provides grants for projects that increase equitable access to safe open space in Virginia’s communities. Some examples of costs that can be covered include planning, capacity building, programming, and infrastructure, although priority will be given to shovel-ready projects with tangible, measurable results. The intent of the program is to serve as a flexible, adaptable tool to be used to address communities’ needs.

Current Opportunity

VOF is seeking proposals for projects that increase equitable access to safe open space in Virginia’s communities, especially those that are underserved. The application period for the first grant round of fiscal year 2023 is closed. Grant awards will be announced at the October 11, 2022 meeting of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s board of trustees. Please check back in early 2023 for the second round application deadline.

Applicant Eligibility

GO grants may be awarded to state, local, regional, or tribal government entities; educational institutions; or non-profit organizations registered as tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Service code, https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/exempt-organization-types. Federal governmental entities, for- profit entities, and individuals are not eligible at this time. Applicants who have received past GO grants of more than $5,000 must complete the approved project before submitting additional requests.

Funds Available

There is $200,000 available for the first grant round of Fiscal Year 2023 with consideration of funding requests up to $25,000 per project. Funds will generally be disbursed through a reimbursement process, though $5,000 in starter funds are available to all approved projects, and funding may be advanced upon the provision of invoices, signed contracts, or other binding documentation of future expenses. No funds will be paid directly to a vendor. Partial funding is a possibility.

Project Eligibility

VOF may provide funding for studies, planning, concept development, capacity building, programming, and infrastructure to enable safe use of or access to public open space, as well as for land acquisition. Priority will be given to shovel-ready projects with tangible, measurable results. Projects that seek to acquire or convey an interest in real estate (such as land acquisition, easement protection, lease agreement, or a right of way) should consider applying for a grant from VOF’s Preservation Trust Fund program.

Application Process

Applications are being accepted through an online process exclusively, which can be accessed at https://vaoutdoors.webgrantscloud.com/. VOF requires a pre-application to be submitted for review before a full application for funding may be submitted. The application period for the first round of fiscal year 2023 is closed. Please check back in early 2023 for the second round application deadline. 

Please contact VOF grants staff at grants@vof.org with any questions about the application process or project eligibility.

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