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Local Government Grants: Who is Eligible?
Who can Apply

 Adair Village playground
 Adair Village playground
Local government agencies who are obligated by state law to provide public recreation facilities are eligible for Local Government Grants.  
This includes:
  • Cities (municipal corporations)
  • Counties (political subdivisions)
  • Metropolitan Service Districts
  • Park and recreation districts
  • Port districts
Eligibility is limited to public outdoor park and recreation areas and facilities. These areas and facilities must be open and accessible to the public-at-large.

Project Guidelines
Eligible projects involve land acquisition, development, and major rehabilitation projects that are consistent with the outdoor recreation goals and objectives contained in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).
 Albany Aquatic Center
 Albany Aquatic Center
Acquisition – Acquiring land for public outdoor recreation areas, including new or additions to existing parks, wildlife areas, and open spaces.  
Development – Developing basic outdoor recreation facilities including sports and playfields, picnic facilities, camping facilities or interpretive facilities. Other potential projects include roads, parking areas and restroom buildings.
Rehabilitation – Repairing, restoring or reconstructing on normal wear and tear of facilities. Rehabilitating projects are also those that help meet the access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Planning and Feasability Studies
Preliminary studies undertaken to determine and document a project's viability such as a city developing a plan as to where future parks will be located. The results are used to make decisions whether to proceed with the project, its public need and benefit, how many, locations, activities and likely users, etc. It is an analysis of possible alternative solutions and a recommendation on the best alternative. The above definition's intent is to provide help for communities who do not have a park master plan in place or whose plan or studies are significantly outdated.

Match Criteria
The eligible match by the Project Sponsor may include local budgeted funds, local agency labor or equipment, federal revenue sharing, other eligible grants, state and county inmate labor, donated funds, the value of private donated property, equipment, materials, labor, the value of land acquired within the past six year period, cost of appraisals, pre-development costs within the past two year period (cannot exceed 15 percent of total project costs), or any combination thereof.
The Local Government Grant Program provides for:
At least 50 percent match required for-
  • Cities and districts over 25,000 population
  • Counties over 50,000 population
At least 40 percent match required for-
  • Cities and districts with a population between 5,000 and 25,000
  • Counties a population between 30,000 and 50,000
At least 20 percent match required for-
  • Cities and districts under 5,000 population
  • Counties under 30,000 population.

Sustainable Projects
Sustainability means using, developing, and protecting resources in a manner that enables people to meet current needs and provides that future generations can also meet future needs, from the joint perspective of environmental, economic and community objectives.

For more information on making your project sustainable, click on the following link:

When to Apply

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