Grant Program Details
The National Park Service (NPS) has opened the application process for this year’s Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP). This $15 million nationally competitive grant program specifically targets recreation spaces in urban communities.
In 2015, NPS awarded $3 million in grants to eight pilot projects. This will be the second time the ORLP grant opportunity has been available.
In addition to offering significantly more funding this year ($15 million overall), NPS will accept proposals ranging between $250,000 and $750,000 in support of land acquisition and development in communities with a population of 50,000 and above. Priority will be given to projects serving economically disadvantaged areas. There is also a pilot “planning grant” program awarding up to $75,000 to fund planning studies in an effort to help target park and recreation investment to urban areas where it is needed most.
Who and How of Applying
State and local government agencies, including park districts, within or serving areas with populations of 50,000 or more people may apply. Proposals should be developed in cooperation with the lead LWCF agency (State Liaison Officer) for your state.
The full funding opportunity announcement and pre-application materials are now available online.
Deadline to apply is Friday, May 20, 2016.
ORLP Grant Program – Informational Webinar
To help you with this great funding opportunity, NRPA is hosting a free informational webinar on this year’s ORLP grant process. Guest speakers from NPS will join us to provide background on the grant and guidance for submitting proposals on Wednesday, March 30 at 2 p.m. ET.
Register for this free webinar.
Don’t Forget to Share How These Programs Impact Your Community
Opportunities such as the ORLP only happen through the successful advocacy and engagement of NRPA members, like you. Do you have an LWCF-funded park or open space in your community? You can help ensure Congress understands how LWCF programs like the State Assistance Fund and the ORLP positively impact your community by inviting your members of Congress to see your projects first-hand. It’s easy to plan a visit. To get started, sign up to be a Park Champion and use the Park Champion Advocacy Toolkit.
Dave Tyahla is NRPA’s Senior Government Affairs Manager.