Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
NRPA supports full and permanent funding for the LWCF and legislative efforts which would require a minimum of 40% of the annual LWCF appropriations allocated to the State Assistance Program.
NCLI 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.
HKOA would provide funding to states for the development of comprehensive strategies related to expanding environmental education through the school system and finding other means of getting kids and families more physically active in the outdoors.
Health and Wellness
Prevention and Public Health Grants
Prevention and Public Health Grants 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. This includes the CDC Arthritis Program, which provides funding for the sub-awards NRPA gives to community park and recreation agencies to implement the Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease Interventions.
Child Nutrition Reauthorization
Every five years, the Child Nutrition Act must be reauthorized to continue funding for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). SFSP and CACFP are managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 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. The current iteration of the Child Nutrition Act, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, expired on September 30th, 2015.
- Summer Meals Act of 2015 (S.613 and H.R.1728)
NRPA supports the inclusion of the Summer Meals Act of 2015 in the larger Child Nutrition Reauthorization. The Summer Meals Act of 2015 would strengthen, protect, and expand access to the Summer Nutrition Programs.
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.
Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act
Dedicated funding for Active Transportation options, including trails and pedestrian projects, is primarily through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Combined, these programs, found in the federal surface transportation bill, the FAST Act, provide approximately $800 million annually for bike and pedestrian projects and to promote pedestrian and bicycling safety in local communities. The FAST Act passed in December 2015, but there will be a need in the future for another interation of this bill to continue funding our nation's infrastructure.
The New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act
Re-introduction and passage of the 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 Parks Revitalization (CPR) Act (H.R.201)
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, the Innovation and Recreation Program and the Recovery Action Program. The bill also includes innovative financing for park infrastructure (known as PIFIA).
Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
The Community Development Block Grants are administered though the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These grants support local community development activities aimed at neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and improvement of community facilities, such as parks and recreation. Historically this program has provided up to $100 million annually for park and recreation infrastructure.
Dated: October 28, 2016