• 66°

Outer Banks Forever receives new capacity building grant from National Park Foundation

Outer Banks Forever, the local nonprofit partner of the Outer Banks national parks — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site — has announced it has been selected as one of 36 national park partner organizations to receive a Strong Parks, Strong Communities capacity building grant from the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service.

The Strong Parks, Strong Communities capacity building grant program helps address nonprofit park partner needs that have come to the forefront amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants will enable park partners across the country to expand their impact through work that includes new technology, website redesigns, creative visitor engagement, strategic plan development, fundraising campaigns, professional development and more.

“This support from the National Park Foundation will allow us to grow our impact in our OBX national parks and reach new audiences with the important stories our parks protect,” says Jessica Barnes Green, Executive Director of Outer Banks Forever. “That heightened awareness will strengthen our ability to assist our OBX national parks in their outreach efforts, explore new partnerships in the community and with other National Park Service units around the country, and raise more funds to support important projects and programs that provide our parks with the margin of excellence locals and visitors have come to expect.”

Strong Parks, Strong Communities is a collective effort to grow national park philanthropy, which consists of approximately 450 philanthropic organizations across the country. Working together on this initiative, the National Park Foundation, National Park Service and Friends Alliance enhance local philanthropic organizations, bringing park philanthropy to an elevated level.

“The National Park Foundation is committed to increasing national park philanthropy across the board, and being responsive to current needs,” says LaTresse Snead, chief program officer for the National Park Foundation. “The capacity building grants help advance park partners’ goals to preserve natural and cultural resources, increase access to public lands for all people and develop innovative programming.”

The Strong Parks, Strong Communities capacity building grant program is made possible by the National Park Foundation Board of Directors.

READ ABOUT MORE NEWS AND EVENTS HERE.

Crime

North Carolina man sentenced to prison, ordered to pay restitution for conspiring to accept bribes

Schools

Tyrrell County Schools superintendent Oliver A. Holley elected NERESA chairman

Crime

Police officer injured during hit-and-run in North Carolina

Lifestyles

Homegrown: A collaborative showcase of creativity

News

Overturned dump truck blocks NC 12 on Hatteras Island

News

Nags Head Board of Commissioners proposes extending current MSDs, establishing new ones

News

Up again: Weekly gas price update for North Carolina

News

Lower seasonal speed limits now in place along parts of NC 12

News

Dare commissioners look at spending for next two fiscal years

News

Vehicle fire extinguished in Rodanthe

Crime

North Carolina school psychologist charged with sex crime

News

Glossy ibis displays range of colors

Crime

North Carolina woman sentenced to prison, nearly $230k restitution for false tax return conspiracy

Lifestyles

Chicamacomico Banks Volunteer Fire Department to hold annual meeting

News

Southern Shores Town Council establishes MSDs; tax increases to be determined

Crime

North Carolina man sentenced to 24 years in prison for drug-related charges

Lifestyles

Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show awards recipients announced

News

NC 12 Task Force meets this week

Crime

Man and woman charged in drug overdose death of North Carolina woman

News

COVID-19 business limits and most mask mandates end in North Carolina

News

North Carolina DMV resumes Saturday hours at 16 offices

Lifestyles

NC MedAssist holding free pharmacy events in Dare

News

Enrollment for North Carolina Medicaid managed care ending

Lifestyles

Columbia Lions Club yard sale set for Saturday