Every Day Event Grants Frequently Asked Questions | Public Lands Every Day

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information on this opportunity, visit the Every Day Event Grants webpage.

Can we use the grant toward an event that we have held in the past?
Since one of the goals of this grant is to collectively increase the number of visitors engaging with public lands, it is preferred that the proposed events be in addition to any events that you currently have planned or hold annually. If you are applying for an event that you have done in the past, we will want to see how you are planning to improve or expand the event.

Can an Organization Receive More Than One Grant Per Year from NEEF?

Unless otherwise stated, any current NEEF grantee must have completed their grant and submitted a satisfactory final report before becoming eligibale to receive another grant.


What is a Friends Group?
There is a wealth of nonprofit organizations committed to working alongside public land 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 land 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.  

When are the applications due?
The Every Day Events grant application deadline for 2016 is 11:59 pm CT on December 15, 2015.  

You mention and repeat the term "Friends Group" throughout the application. Friends Groups are governed very differently than something like a Cooperating Association. Do Cooperating Associations, and similar groups, meet the requirements to apply for your grants?
Yes. Cooperating Associations, or any other 501(c)(3) nonprofits, whose mission is focused on serving a public land site in the United States and the improvement and responsible use of that site. What this means is that the purpose of your organization is to serve a specific public land or group of public lands in your community and that this public land recognizes you as such an organization.
 
Are land trusts eligible to apply?
This grant is focused on public lands or lands that are owned by the public, not just open for public use. Land Trusts are eligible depending on their work with public lands as defined above. In order to be eligible, a land trust would:

  • need to be working with at least one public land site.
  • submit a clear partnership letter from that public land site.

Are schools eligible to apply?
Although school property can be government-owned, it is not focused on the general public’s use and enjoyment of the land and nature. The purpose of these grants are to help nonprofits whose primary mission is focused on helping public land managers to serve, maintain, and improve our nation’s public lands. For these reasons, schools are not eligible for this grant.
 
Based on the fact that our organization hosted a National Public Lands Day event, are we considered a Friends Group?
While many Friends Groups do host National Public Lands Day events, doing so does not necessarily qualify your organization as a Friends Group. In order to be considered a Friends Group, and hence eligible for this grant, your organization must be a nonprofit whose mission is focused on serving a public land 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.

What this means is that the purpose of your organization is to serve a specific public land or group of public lands in your community and that this public land recognizes you as such an organization.

My organization has been in existence for several years, but our formal 501(c)(3) status was not granted by the IRS until this past year. Does our tax status factor into the eligibility requirement that states the applicant must have been in existence for at least two years?
The time period of two years can be measured from the date the group formed as an organization. We understand that some smaller Friends Groups may have worked through a fiscal agent in the past, or had delays in gaining 501(c)(3) status.  Hence, your tax status will not be a consideration in the two year requirement. As long as your organization has been working to serve a public land for at least two years, regardless of tax status at the time of conception, you are eligible to apply.

My organization supports public water trails, not a land-based public area. Are we eligible to apply for this grant?
Water-focused Friends Groups are definitely eligible. Though we use the term public lands, we do not mean to exclude waterways. Assuming the water trails are open to the public, and the organization meets all other requirements, water-focused Friends Groups are eligible to receive this grant.
 
I work for a City Department of Parks and Recreation. We work to support all local city-owned lands.  As a government entity, are we eligible to apply?
Unfortunately, government entities are not eligible for this grant because they are not 501(c)(3) organizations. However, if the department works with a nonprofit group who helps promote and maintain the land, that group may be eligible. Please feel free to promote this grant to local nonprofit partners who are working with parks.

How do I apply to this grant?
Please visit the Every Day Event Grants page. Clicking on the “Apply Now” button will bring you to the online application form. You will first be prompted to supply log on information, specifically a username and password. If you have already created an account in our system, supply the information and click Log On. If you do not yet have an account, please click the “Create New Account” button.

How do I create an account?
When you click on the Apply Now button you will be prompted to either supply log on information or “Create New Account.” Clicking on the “Create New Account” button will allow you to supply the contact information necessary to create a log on and apply to the grant.

When creating an account, whose information should I provide in the User Information section? Whose information should I provide in the Organization Information section?
Contact information supplied in the User Information section should reflect the individual who will be directly handling the application process for your organization. If there is a problem with your application, or if we need to contact your organization for any questions, this is the person we will contact.


In the Organization information section, we recommend that you include the contact information of the person in charge of your organization. This would not be the person directly involved with the day to day handling of the application, but the person who is authorized to sign off on items such as Grant Agreements and the like.

I am having trouble using your grant application software (e.g., page will not load; application will not accept my uploaded documents, etc.). Or, I do not understand a question on the application. Who should I contact?
For all questions regarding the online application system, or the requirements of the application itself, please contact grantsadmin@neefusa.org.
 
I submitted an application, but did not receive a confirmation email.  Does this mean my application was not submitted successfully?
Our online grants system does not supply users with a confirmation email once the application has been submitted. If you log back in to your account, the first screen you will see is an “Application Status” page. This will show you a list of your applications, and their status.  Applications that have been successfully received will be marked as “Submitted.”

Please note that once an application has been submitted, you may view the complete application but cannot change any of your responses. If you would like to revise your application, and it is before the deadline, please email grantsadmin@neefusa.org.

I already submitted a complete application, but I would like to revise some of my answers. Is there any way I can access my submitted application?
As long as it is prior to the application deadline, we can make your application available for edits. To request access to an already submitted application, please email  grantsadmin@neefusa.org, and be sure to include the name of your organization.
Please also note that if we open a submitted application for you, and you not do re-submit by the application deadline, your application will not be considered.

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