Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF): Support the reauthorization with full and permanent funding for the LWCF. LWCF will expire in September. Support legislative efforts which would require a minimum of 40% of the annual LWCF appropriations allocated to the State Assistance Program. (H.R. 2727 in 113th Congress
No Child Left Inside (S. 1306 and H.R. 2702)
Legislation would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind). It would strengthen and expand environmental education in classrooms by providing funds to encourage partnerships between school districts and parks, as well as other community based organizations.
Healthy Kids Outdoors Act (HKOA)
This legislation provides funding to states for the development of comprehensive strategies related either to expanding environmental education through the school system and finding other means of getting kids and families more physically active in the outdoors. (H.R. 4706)
Health and Wellness
Prevention and Public Health Grants
These are grant programs funded through the HHS/Labor/Ed Appropriations and administered through the Centers for Disease Control, that support state and community level programs that prevent and control obesity and other chronic diseases. Such as the CDC Arthritis Program which provides funding for the sub-awards given to community park and recreation agencies to implement the Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease Interventions.
Child Nutrition Reauthorization
This legislation is up for renewal this year and authorizes funding for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP). These programs are managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provide the reimbursement dollars for after school and summer meal programs at park and recreation agencies. Park and recreation agencies are the largest public provider of healthy meals and snacks to children outside of schools.
Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act (S.1562)
Legislation which would reauthorize the Older Americans Act of 1965. It addresses the health, welfare and economic needs of older individuals by promoting senior center modernizations and evidence based chronic disease management and falls prevention.
Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act (H.R. 956)
This legislation would expand the IRS definition of medical expenditures to include physical activity as preventative medicine. This would allow individuals to use the pre-tax dollars in Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts to include expenditures such as; membership at a fitness facility, youth and adult sports league fees, exercise classes and other physical activities.
Community Parks Revitalization (CPR) Act (H.R. 2424)
This legislation would provide matching federal grants for park and recreation infrastructure in metropolitan areas. Specifically, this legislation would authorize the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide funding to local park and recreation agencies, through three grant programs: Rehabilitation and Construction, Innovation and Recreation Program and Recovery Action Program. The bill also includes innovative financing for park infrastructure (known as PIFIA).
Dedicated funding for Active Transportation options, including trails and pedestrian projects primarily through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). . Combined, these programs, found in the federal surface transportation bill "MAP-21", provide approximately $800 million annually for bike and pedestrian projects and to promote pedestrian and bicycling safety in local communities. MAP-21 is next due to expire at the end of May.
The New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act – Legislation would provide local communities with low-cost loans to build networks of sidewalks, bikes lanes and paths as part of the federal transportation financing program known as TIFIA. 25% of the loan financing for this program must be used to help low-income communities. (H.R. 3978)
Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
Grant Program administered though the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Supports local community development activities aimed at neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and improvement of community facilities such as park and recreation. Historically this program has provided up to $100 million annually for park and recreation infrastructure.
Dated: January 12, 2015