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TPWD News Release — July 29, 2008

Rural and Inner-City Youth Big Winners in TPWD COOP Grant Round

AUSTIN, Texas — Students and families from rural communities and inner cities will experience a taste of Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments’ programs and facilities, some for the first time, as a result of the latest round of Community Outdoor Outreach Program grants.

"This is the first time we’ve had so many rural communities to participate in the Community Outdoor Outreach Program, said Darlene Lewis, program director. "We recognize there is as much need in the smaller communities as in our larger cities and it’s nice to see more communities taking advantage of this program."

Lewis attributes the increase to the TPWD’s effort to conduct grant writing workshops around the state, promoting the program and offering technical assistance to applicants.

Twenty-one sponsors will receive funding to get kids and their families outdoors:

TPWD staff have scheduled grant-writing workshops around the state. They include:

Currently, there is $1.25-million available for grants for the next biennium with deadlines Oct. 1 and Feb. 1. To find out more about the grants, contact TPWD at 512-389-8224 or rec.grants@tpwd.texas.gov

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