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The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department provides both funding assistance and outreach to Oregon’s local communities through a series of grant programs. OPRD currently administers five recreation grant programs and six heritage grant programs, which combined give millions of dollars annually to grant project sponsors.
 
OPRD’s role in promoting outdoor recreation and heritage conservation through its grants outreach program is part of our overall Target 2014 goals. The above link will take you through OPRD’s measurement in obtaining these goals.
Programs
OPRD currently administers five recreation grant programs and six heritage grant programs. The department continues to work with the public and the communities to improve the delivery of grant programs, making them more relevant, effective, and simpler to administer.

The recreation grant programs are intended to help acquire, develop, rehabilitate, and maintain local parks. They also help advance the development of recreational trails and provide supplementary funding for hiking, biking, equestrian use and for all-terrain vehicle (ATV) recreational projects.

Each recreational grant program utilizes the help of an Advisory Committee that reviews grant applications and then prioritizes them based upon particular evaluation criteria. The Advisory Committee then recommends proposed projects for funding to the Director who submits them to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission for their review and approval. Below is a brief overview of the grant programs OPRD oversees:
 
All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Grants
Provides funding for off-highway vehicle recreation, including operating and maintaining public OHV areas; acquiring, planning and developing new OHV areas; hiring law enforcement and emergency services and promoting ATV safety education.
 
County Opportunity Grants

Awarded to Oregon counties for acquiring, developing, rehabilitating and planning park and recreation sites that provide, or will provide, camping.
 
Heritage Program Grants
Provides funding for various types of historic preservation and heritage related projects through five grant programs: Preserving Oregon Grants, Certified Local Government Grants, Historic Cemetery Grants, Heritage Grants, Museum Grants, and Veteran's and War Memorial Grants.
 
Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grants
These federally funded grants provide state and local governments funding for acquiring and developing public outdoor recreation areas.
 
Local Government Grants
Funded from voter-awarded Lottery money, these grants go to projects that acquire, develop, or rehabilitate parks and recreation areas and facilities.
 
Recreation Trails Program (RTP) Grants
These federally funded grants provide awards for recreation trail-related projects such as hiking, running, bicycling, off-road motorcycling and all-terrain vehicle riding.