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TPWD News Release — Dec. 29, 2005

Texas Schools, Nonprofits, Cities Receive CO-OP Grants

AUSTIN, Texas — Nine Community Outdoor Outreach Program grant applicants in communities across Texas will ring in the New Year with fresh funding to help more Texas children experience environmental education and outdoor recreational activities.

A total of 29 applicants submitted proposals for the $235,000 in available grant funds announced just before Christmas. Each CO-OP participant can receive up to $30,000 to help fund outreach efforts.

Those who did not make the cut in this round of grants can re-apply for the Feb. 1 application deadline. For more information, contact TPWD at (512) 912-7124 or by email at rec.grants@tpwd.texas.gov. Grant application forms and instructions are on the TPWD Web site.

“For many of the participants served by this round of grants, this will be the first time they have experienced the outdoors Texas Parks and Wildlife style,” said CO-OP Program Director Darlene Lewis. “These overnight stays and programs have been developed to help families around the state not only learn more about our natural resources, but also to become better stewards to help care for our resources.”

Funding for the grant program comes from a portion of the state sales tax on sporting goods. The CO-OP budget was recently reduced from $800,000 to $470,000 per year because of the state budget crunch.

Here are the grant recipients for this funding cycle:

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