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Dear Friends,


On September 21, 2013, the TfSP Board of Directors approved funding for the establishment of new financial assistance program to build and enhance the capacity of Friends Groups across Texas. 

The attached Fact Sheet entitled Park Friends Development Grant Program explains in detail the purpose and procedures to be followed by eligible groups seeking such assistance.  An Application form is also attached.  Grants up to $500 are now available. (The total number of grants to be awarded this year will be limited by the Board of Directors’ approved budget.)

This program was officially launched last week in Galveston with its announcement to all State Park Superintendents at the TPWD's Texas State Parks Conference "Growing New Guardians".   This new TfSP grant program should be an immediate and contributing influence to grow and strengthen local grassroots guardianship efforts for our State Park system. 

The purposes of this special newsletter are:

  • to announce the launch of this new program to all existing TfSP members,

  • to transmit and disseminate the attached Fact Sheet and Application form, and

  • to encourage you to publicize this new initiative by discussing it with all potential applicants you know.

As noted on the Application form, funding request deadlines for 2014 are February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15.  In short, there is a quick turnaround for the first round of applications.  The Board of Directors plans to consider recommendations from the Grant Review Committee and make decisions at its meeting on March 1, 2014 for projects to be funded in the first round. 

If you need additional information or have any questions, please contact one of the persons listed at the bottom of the Fact Sheet.


John Gosdin

John Gosdin, President

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Mission Statement:

The mission of Texans for State Parks is to preserve and enhance the State Park System for the benefit of the people of Texas and their guests.

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