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TPWD News Release — May 24, 2004

Co-op Grants Funded Across Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — High school students developing a computer mapping system to help four state parks with search-and-rescue is one example of 14 projects across the state recently awarded grant funding through the Community Outdoor Outreach Program of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The CO-OP program enables tax-exempt organizations to introduce participants to outdoor recreation, environmental education and conservation programs statewide. This spring, 14 programs out of 74 applicants have been awarded funding.

"Competition for these dollars is fierce," said Darlene Lewis of TPWD state parks division. "There were still so many more great programs, just not enough dollars to go around."

The CO-OP program has two funding cycles per year. Currently, $800,000 per year is available for this program, down from the $1.25 million previously available. Below is a list of programs to be funded, listed alphabetically by the name of their home city.

The next available CO-OP grant deadline is Oct. 1. To find out more about upcoming workshops or download an application, visit the Web site (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/grants/).

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