Funds can be used for acquisition and/or development projects to create new parks or substantially improve public parks in economically disadvantaged communities, within incorporated cities and towns with a population of at least 30,000. Projects must create new outdoor recreation opportunities.
Up to $15 million may be requested per application. ORLP Program is a federal National Park Service (NPS) grant program. ORLP involves two competitive layers. First the California Department of Parks and Recreation's Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS) competitively reviews applications. Second, OGALS forwards selected applications to NPS to compete in the nationwide competition. California's initial application requirements are explained at www.parks.ca.gov/orlp
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
For this federal program, tribal nations must be federally recognized to be eligible.
Projects must meet both of these federal requirements for geographic eligibility:
1) Located in a city/town with a population of at least 30,000 residents.
2) Projects must be located in a Census tract that is determined to be disadvantaged per the Climate and Environmental Justice Screening Tool at https://screeningtool.geoplatform.gov.
Matching Funding Requirement:
Up to 50% of the total project cost can be requested through ORLP. For example, a $30 million total project can be funded with up to $15 million through ORLP.
At least 50% of the total project cost must come from an eligible match source. All non-federal (state, local, or private) sources are eligible.
Eligible federal sources for match: CDBG, FAST Act funding, and REPI funding.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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