Hydro Flask Parks For All

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About Hydro Flask and Parks For All
Hydro Flask® is the award-winning leader in high-performance insulated products from beverage and food flasks to the new Unbound Series® soft coolers. Believing that every adventure starts with two simple words: Let’s Go!, Hydro Flask creates products that facilitate an active and joyful lifestyle. Hydro Flask’s innovations showcase TempShield® double-wall vacuum insulation to lock in temperature, 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel to ensure pure taste and durable, ergonomic design for comfort and durability.

Founded in 2009 in Bend, Oregon, Hydro Flask is committed to making tomorrow better - from using BPA-free, recyclable materials to its charitable giving program Parks For All, which supports the development, maintenance and accessibility of public green spaces so people everywhere can live healthier, happier and more fulfilled lives.

Parks For All applications are being accepted from 501(c)(3) non-profit or equivalent organizations in North America (United States and Canada) and Europe (United Kingdom and Germany).

Due to the overwhelming number of grant applications received last year relative the number of potential grant awards, combined with Hydro Flask’s desire to help ensure the scarce resources of the wonderful non-profits that work toward achieving Parks for All objectives are used wisely, we have made efforts to tighten our criteria and geographic areas of focus. Please review all of the questions closely to self-assess eligibility. In addition to national grantees (organizations that cover broad geographic regions covering at least five U.S. states), we are also focusing on the countries of the United Kingdom and Germany in Europe, the province of British Columbia in Canada, and the following ten states where we are accepting regional applicants for our 2020 grant cycle. We anticipate selecting 10 different states next year. If your state is not on the list this year, we offer our regrets and request that you check back with us next year. Please know that we truly appreciate all the work being done in this arena across the country (and the world for that matter!) Regional non-profits from the following states are eligible to apply for the 2020 grant awards (see below for funding amounts): Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Utah and Virginia/DC, Canadian applications are open for British Columbia, and European applications are open for the U.K. and Germany

NOTE: Regional non-profits that received funding in 2019 are not eligible to reapply in this grant round.

Deadline: Proposals must be submitted by September 6, 2019 at 5:00 pm PT.
Parks For All Criteria
Before you begin the application, make sure your project and organization meet the following criteria:
  1. Organizations seeking a Parks for All grant must be dedicated to building, restoring, maintaining, or providing public access to parks and recreational public lands and/or beaches and coastal areas. Submitted proposals must fit into one of the following categories – New Parks, Park Access/Education or Park Maintenance/Restoration.

  2. NEW PARKS CATEGORY Projects large and small in scale are vital for increasing the outdoor spaces available for everyone. From the creation of small urban parks, to the expansion of large trail systems, we seek to fund new trails for walkers and runners, bikers and hikers and swimmers and paddlers too. New parks applications should involve the completion of trail miles, park infrastructure, or other similar outcomes. If your project contributes to the creation of new parks or trails, from planning to construction, with specific outcomes or milestones in 2020, we encourage you to apply under this category.

    PARKS MAINTENANCE AND RESTORATION CATEGORY There is tremendous work needed to care for, restore, and maintain our outdoor spaces and our ability to continue to enjoy them. Ideal programs think creatively about engaging communities in stewardship work and creating connections between people and the land. If your program focuses on caring for and improving outdoor spaces to improve recreation experiences and involves over 1,000 person-hours in the course of this work, please complete the application under this category.

    PARK ACCESS / EDUCATION CATEGORY Supporting access and the education (and confidence) for all to enjoy our parks is a core tenant of the Parks for All program. Specifically, we seek to support projects that break through the barriers faced by underrepresented communities in outdoor experiences. We want to work with nonprofits that are helping change the narrative of time outside and are addressing issues of representation and access. Ideal programs build inclusivity through innovative programming, and/or developing hundreds of new outdoor participants through experiential immersion. If your program seeks to develop new outdoor lovers, this category is for you.

  3. Grant projects must be focused on supporting people’s connection with the outdoors for recreation and health benefits.
  4. Applicants must be aligned with Hydro Flask’s funding priorities of inclusivity, active lifestyles and enhanced health.
  5. Significant weight will be given to requests that illustrate relevancy, innovation, impact, and feasibility.
  6. Eligible organizations must have offices/staff and programming in the region in which they are applying for the grant funding.
  7. Projects should take place from January – December 2020 and with a final report due by January 31, 2021.
  8. Project outcomes must include a minimum of five high-resolution photos and a one- to-three minute video highlighting project scope (due in the final report and does not need to be “produced”).
  9. Notes and Definitions:
    • Parks: Naturally beautiful or historically significant public land meant for public enjoyment and recreation. From urban parks to public beaches to iconic national parks, these are places that enable people to have happier, healthier and more fulfilled lives.
    • Qualified Applicants: Non-profit 501(c)3 or equivalent organizations that work to build, restore and maintain public lands, parks and recreational waterways.
  • Organizations without 501(c)(3) status or without a qualified 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.
  • Programs that are not aligned with one of the three Parks for All project categories.
  • Programs that don’t actively connect people to outdoor spaces and/or recreation.
  • Projects focused on research, white papers, and conferences.
  • Endowment or capital fund campaigns.
  • Land acquisitions or conservation easements.
  • Wildlife (flora or fauna) conservation focused projects.
  • Funding Amounts
    Regionally focused non-profit or equivalent organizations in the U.S. and Canada from the eligible states/provinces for this grant round can apply for $10,000- $15,000 USD.

    Nationally focused non-profit or equivalent organizations in the U.S. (activities in five states or more) can apply for between $30,000 - 50,000 USD, if programs have broad geographical activities and impacts.

    European charitable organizations with direct staff and programing in the United Kingdom, Germany, can apply for up to $25,000 USD.

    The application will ask conditional questions depending on your organization’s geographic location and focus.
    Selection and Notification Process
    Criteria for this grant program have been established by Hydro Flask and Outdoor Foundation. Grant recipients will be selected at the sole discretion of Hydro Flask. For those applicants selected to receive grants, amounts granted will be determined at the sole discretion of Hydro Flask and may be equal to or less than the amount sought during the application process. Based on a rigorous review and selection process, grant recipients will be informed by October 31, 2019.
    Project Timeline
    September 6, 2019 at 5:00pm PT - Deadline for online application
    October 31, 2019 - Grant notifications sent to applicants
    January – December 2020 - Grant activation and activities
    January 31, 2021 - Complete project and submit online final report
    Send any questions regarding this program to PFA@hydroflask.com.

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