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TPWD News Release — April 24, 2009

Outdoor Service Projects Funded in Latest Round of CO-OP Grants

AUSTIN, Texas — State and local parks will be the beneficiaries of outdoor service projects thanks to grants recently awarded to organizations around the state. The Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP) grant awards up to $50,000 to groups that are introducing participants to environmental education programs while allowing them to get outside and have a little fun camping, fishing, kayaking and more.

Ten of the 21 recipients in the current round of funding include service projects in their programs. [Corrected]

"The service project was a new component added to the grant program as a result of public hearings conducted in 2007," said Darlene Lewis, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department program director for the grants. "I’m really excited about the number and types of projects we are seeing in the applications and I think this will benefit many state and local sites."

The funded programs include:

Funding for CO-OP grants comes from a portion of sales tax collected on sporting goods sales. There is $1.25 million available in the CO-OP program and the next available deadline is Oct. 1, 2009. To download an application and receive notification of upcoming grant writing workshops, please visit the TPWD website at or contact the TPWD Recreation Grants office at 512-389-8224.

*Program includes service project.

[Correction] April 27, 2009: The original version of this news release had incorrect numbers in this sentence. They have been corrected. (Return to corrected item.)

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