Click below to hear KMZU’s Ashley Johnson speak with Steph Deidrick, the Information Officer for Missouri State Parks.

Steph Deidrick

Kids don’t spend enough time outdoors these days; a common statement heard by many. A grant may be just the solution to this problem. Beginning on January 5th applications for a federal grant, funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, will be available. This grant, if so awarded, can be used to fund many outdoor recreation projects. Outdoor classrooms are a common theme, but any local government organization can take advantage of this grant for local parks or city gardens. Another good thing about this particular grant, is that it can also be used for the renovation of an existing outdoor entity.

The applicants that would qualify for this grant is limited however, to public school districts and local governments. Church’s and private organizations do not qualify. Also, there is a 55% match requirement as well, meaning that whatever money is awarded must be matched up to at least 55% by the recipient.

The required postmark date for these applications is March 31, 2015. You might think that is a long time from when they become available on January 5th, but Steph Deidrick warns it is a lengthy application. Deidrick also suggests that groups may be best for filling out this application instead of one person.

Applications are available at Missouri State Parks or you can have one mailed to you by writing to the Department of Natural Resources, Missouri State Parks, Grants Management Section PO Box 176 Jefferson City, Mo 65102.