The California Natural Resources Agency will be accepting proposals for the Youth Community Access Grant Program from July 14th, 2020 to September 16th, 2020 at 5:00 PM via the System for Online Application Review (SOAR). The program, funded by Proposition 64, seeks projects that support youth access to natural or cultural resources with a focus on low-income and disadvantaged communities including, but not limited to, community education and recreational amenities to support youth substance use prevention and early intervention.
California voters passed the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64) on November 8, 2016. Proposition 64 created the Youth Education, Prevention, Early Intervention and Treatment Account (YEPEITA) whereby the State Controller deposits 60 percent (60%) of the marijuana tax for programs that emphasize accurate education, effective prevention, early intervention, school retention, and timely treatment services for youth, their families and caregivers.
In 2019, the Legislature appropriated $5.7 million to the California Natural Resources Agency (the State) for competitive grants to support youth access to natural or cultural resources with a focus on low-income and disadvantaged communities including, but not limited to, community education and recreational amenities to support youth substance use prevention and early intervention.
Research demonstrates the connection between the outdoors and the physical, emotional, and mental success of young people. From camp experiences to urban parks, being in nature reduces stress, builds confidence, promotes creativity, encourages exercise, and teaches responsibility. Each of these aspects, in addition to others, contribute to a young person’s health and well-being, including substance use prevention.
In accordance with Proposition 64 and the research discussed above, the Youth Community Access Grant Program will focus awards on communities disproportionately affected by past federal and state drug policies, also known as the War on Drugs, as well as other underserved communities.
Approximately $5.7 million is available for Youth Community Access projects.
The maximum award for an individual project is $300,000. The minimum award amount is $25,000.
Eligible applicants include local, state and federal agencies; nonprofit organizations; federally-recognized Native American tribes; or non-federally-recognized California Native American tribes listed on the California Tribal Consultation List maintained by the Native American Heritage Commission.
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