Franklin Parker Conservation Excellence Grants

Franklin Parker Grants

There aren’t too many people about whom you can say, “If not for him, many of the most beautiful, unspoiled places in our state would not exist today.” Franklin E. Parker III was one of those people.

Franklin Parker Headshot

Frank was one of New Jersey’s true conservation pioneers. An attorney by vocation, his passion was land preservation in the Garden State and beyond. A myriad of conservation groups succeeded due to his leadership and vision.

He served as the inaugural chairman of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, established in 1979 to enforce laws protecting the Pine Barrens. He was a co-founder of New Jersey Conservation Foundation and a longtime trustee and former president. He founded and served as director of the New Jersey office of the Trust for Public Land. He was on the boards of numerous conservation organizations.

It is a testimony to Franklin Parker's legacy that grants supporting the work of New Jersey land conservation groups are named in his honor.

About The Franklin Parker Grants

The Franklin Parker Community Conservation Program has been paused for 2024 as we work to raise re-grant funding.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation remains committed to this important program, and looks forward to restarting it once sufficient funding is obtained. 
The Franklin Parker Conservation Excellence Grants provide funding for non-profit conservation organizations working in New Jersey. The grants are designed to enhance proficiency in land conservation, develop long-term viable programs, and design creative, innovative projects that can serve as models for other communities and projects. Since its inception in 1989, the Franklin Parker Conservation Excellence Grants Program has awarded more than $1,799,891 for 478 conservation projects throughout the Garden State.

Since 2020, NJ Conservation has awarded over $90,000 through 28 grants to help nonprofits address environmental challenges and improve quality of life for communities of color throughout New Jersey. This remains the purpose of the 2023 Franklin Parker Community Conservation Grants Program.

Important deadlines

  • Proposals due by May 17, 2023
  • Grant awards announced by June 30, 2023
  • Projects must be completed by June 1, 2024

To submit an application, please contact or 908-997-0722


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Esperanza Community Garden N6th and Grant Streets

Interpretive Sign installed at the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum in Skillman, NJ.

Camden Lutheran Housing, Inc. (CLHI) - “Blight to Bright – Transforming Abandoned Places to Green Spaces” - Esperanza Community Garden

New Jersey Highlands Coalition - Turtle Clan of the Ramapo Tribe promotes traditional farming on Munsee Farm at Muckshaw Preserve

New Jersey Highlands Coalition - Turtle Clan of the Ramapo Tribe promotes

traditional farming on Munsee Farm at Muckshaw Preserve


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