GCSAA Best Management Practices Grant Program

Grant applications due May 31

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:

  • Best Management Practices for New York State Golf Courses
  • 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
  • Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program
  • Oregon Environmental Stewardship Guidelines

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 2017 grants are due by May 31.  A second round of grants will be available in September. 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. In 2017, priority will be given to states without comprehensive BMP programs. Chapters should coordinate and submit one application per state using GCSAA’s BMP Planning Guide and Template. Priority is given to help GCSAA achieve 50 states with BMP programs by 2020.

2016 BMP Grant Recipients

  • California GCSA
  • Carolinas GCSA
  • Connecticut Association of GCS
  • Eastern Shore Association of GCS
  • Georgia GCSA
  • Metropolitan GCSA
  • Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program
  • Mid-Atlantic Association of GCS
  • Tennessee GCSA

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