2018 Every Day Capacity Building Grantees

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 welcome additional assistance. This support often comes from “Friends Groups”, or any nonprofit organization established primarily to assist or benefit a specific park area, a series of park areas, a program, or the entire park system.

These organizations are sometimes referred to as Cooperating Associations, or simply as partners. They are invaluable in supporting, promoting and helping to maintain public lands.

These organizations, while dedicated and passionate, are often underfunded and understaffed. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), with generous support from Toyota, seeks to strengthen these organizations and unleash their potential to serve their public lands. NEEF's Every Day Capacity Building Grants contribute to the conservation and stewardship of our public lands by funding projects that build the organizational capacity of Friends Groups.

Though it has sunset the program, NEEF awarded funds to the following grantees for our Every Day Capacity grant competition:

Round One

Teton Valley Trails and Pathways, Driggs, ID, Strategic Planning

Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor, OH, Technology

Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation, Inc., Arcadia, CA, Communications

Pelican Island Preservation Society, Sebastian, FL, Strategic Planning

Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, Morrison, CO, Communications

Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, Woodstock, VA, Fundraising

Trinidad Coastal Land Trust, Trinidad, CA, Communications

Friends of the Schumacher Farm, Inc., Waunakee, WI, Technology

Protectors of Tule Springs, Las Vegas, NV, Technology

Kittitas Environmental Education Network, Ellensburg, WA, Technology

Round Two

Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, Portland, OR, Board Development

Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, Traverse City, MI, Volunteer Training

Friends of Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge, Nampa, ID, Technology

Friends of Herring Run Parks, Baltimore, MD, Technology

Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, Springville, TN, Finance

Friends of the Inyo, Bishop, CA, Communications

Friends of the Shawnee National Forest, Carbondale, IL, Technology

MERITO Foundation, Inc., Ventura, CA, Strategic Planning

White Tank Mountains Conservancy, Buckeye, AZ, Fundraising

Round Three

Friends of the Bridger-Teton, Jackson, WY, Tax Exemption Process

Friends of the Black Run Preserve, Marlton, NJ, Volunteer Recruitment

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods, IL, Technology

Pacific Northwest Trail Association, Sedro-Woolley, WA, Communications

Friends of Sears Island, Searsport, ME, Fundraising

Accokeek Foundation, Accokeek, MD, Board Development

Heart of the Gila Inc., Mimbres, NM, Volunteer Recruitment

Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center, Ketchum, ID, Communications