GCSAA Best Management Practices Grant Program

In 2014, 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

In 2014, 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 2014 are now closed. Grants do not require matching funds as project expenses are expected to exceed our grant allocations. Grant requests should not exceed $10,000.

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

Timeline

Aug. 1: Applications open
Aug. 31: Applications due to GCSAA
Sept. 15: Application review and task group final approval complete
Sept. 22: Grant recipients announced
Oct. 1: Payments initiated

For more information, contact Mark Johnson, associate director, environmental programs, at 800-472-7878, ext. 5161, or mjohnson@gcsaa.org.