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Every Day Grants

made possible by Toyota

Our nation’s public lands need our support every day. With stretched budgets and limited staff, land managers at federal, state and local public lands need all the help they can get. That help often comes from nonprofit organizations whose missions are focused on serving public land sites. Sometimes these organizations are called Friends Groups, sometimes Cooperating Associations, sometimes, simply a partner. They are invaluable in supporting, promoting and helping maintain public lands.

Friends group

NEEF, with generous support from Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., seeks to strengthen these organizations and unleash their potential to serve their public lands. Our Every Day Grants will strengthen the stewardship of public lands by strengthening public land groups through funding for organizational capacity building and for events to engage their local communities on the lands for education, recreation or volunteering.

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What is a Friends Group?

There is a wealth of nonprofit organizations committed to working alongside public lands managers, helping them maintain their lands, engage volunteers and inform the public. These nonprofit support groups, sometimes known as Friends Groups, can be invaluable to the public lands they serve. 

Every Day Grants define a Friends Group as:

A nonprofit organization whose mission is focused on serving a public lands site in the United States and the improvement and responsible use of that site. This includes Friends Groups that serve more than one site, such as a regional group of parks.

Whether they call themselves a Cooperating Association, a Friends Group or simply a partner, they work in cooperation with land managers to meet the needs of the land and the local community. They are often small, but can have a large impact.