The Foundation for Geauga Parks (FGP) board of trustees is pleased to announce it is launching a grantmaking program and will accept applications for park projects and programs across Geauga County, be they for township, county or municipal parks.

The Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization, and its purpose is to help park authorities and organizations raise funds for projects and programs that align with our mission and help ensure residents and visitors have opportunities to access and appreciate the beauty of our county’s natural spaces. The mission of FGP is to fund community engagement with nature through education, preservation, conservation and appreciation of the unique natural character of Geauga County.

FGP was incorporated in 1990 and has been responsible for funding several signature parks and projects in Geauga County, including the preservation and development of The West Woods and Observatory Park. The FGP through private donations is the primary underwriter of the Nature Scopes binocular program that serves fifth grades students in all Geauga County public and parochial schools.

“It has been the Foundation’s honor to support so many great works of Geauga Park District. We want township and municipal parks in the county to know we are available to assist them as well,” say Executive Director Todd Gaydosh.

A formal application process has been established and is now available through the FGP website at Funding assistance is available on three levels and application deadlines are June 1 and November 1.

Small Grants Program, supporting:
– Park and trail improvements
– Nature education programs
– Education scholarships for studies in natural resources

School Field Trip Transportation grants – helping schools with resources to bus students to the parks for nature education programs.

Large-scale funding support – offering assistance to entities seeking to raise dollars that fall outside the Small Grants Program capacity.

“We are the Foundation for ALL parks in Geauga,” says FGP Co-president Matthew Burnham. “We invite our park entities to apply.”

For more information, contact the Foundation office at 440-564-1048, or


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