GCSAA and the EIFG are pleased to offer funding for chapters to use with their Best Management Practices (BMP) programs.
Agronomic and environmental best management practices are key to successful golf course operations. They are also key to successful advocacy and ensuring golf’s license to do business. GCSAA and the EIFG recommend the use of BMPs and the development of state or regional BMP programs by chapters for success. Examples of these include:
- Oregon Environmental Stewardship Guidelines
- Best Management Practices for the Enhancement of Environmental Quality on Florida Golf Courses
- Best Management Practices for Turfgrass Water Conservation (Georgia)
- Environmental Best Management Practices for Virginia’s Golf Courses
- Best Management Practices for New York State Golf Courses
- Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program
GCSAA will offer grants, through funding from the EIFG, to chapters for developing new guides, updating existing guides or for verification programs. Grants must be submitted in accordance with the program guidelines and using the application form. Applications from non-golf course superintendents associations must have letters of support from the supporting golf course superintendents associations accompanying complete application forms. Applications for 2015 grants are due by Oct. 15. Grants do not require matching funds as project expenses are expected to exceed our grant allocations. Grant requests should not exceed $10,000.
As a new part of the program, GCSAA intends to launch an important resource called the BMP Planning Guide with a template of BMPs to help chapters develop new or update existing BMP programs. This new tool will launch in mid to late 2016 and we encourage chapters or other state golf centric organizations to incorporate the use of this tool in their development process and within any grant applications.
Grant applications will be reviewed and ranked by a GCSAA member task group. Contact your regional field staff representative if you are interested in applying
Sept. 15: Applications open
Oct. 15: Applications due to GCSAA
Nov. 18: Application review and task group final approval complete
Dec. 1: Grant recipients announced
Dec. 15: Payments initiated
For more information, contact Mark Johnson, associate director, environmental programs, at 800-472-7878, ext. 5161, or firstname.lastname@example.org.