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Local Government Grant Program

The Local Government Grant Program (LGGP) is a voter approved, State lottery funded grant program administrated by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.  Typically, the program awards over $5 million annually to qualified projects, and has awarded over $60 million in grant funding since the program began in 1999. 

Program Overview

​Eligibility

Eligible applicants include Local government agencies that are obligated by state law to provide public recreation facilities.
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 Types:

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).

Acquisition – Acquiring land for public outdoor recreation areas, including new park land 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 reconstruction on normal wear and tear of facilities. Rehabilitation projects are also those that help meet the access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Planning and Feasibility 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to provide help for communities who do not have a park master plan in place or whose plan or studies are significantly outdated.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 Applicant 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 match requirements:

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 with 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.

Large, Small and Planning Grants:

Annual grant funds are available upon Legislative approval of OPRD’s budget. Project funding depends on the amount of money available and the project's standing on the small or large project priority list.

  • Small Grants – projects with a maximum $75,000 grant request.  Up to fifteen percent (15%) of funds are available for these projects.
  • Large Grant Requests - Other than for land acquisitions, projects with a maximum $750,000 grant request. Applicants may request up to $1,000,000 for land acquisition projects.
  • Small Community Planning Grants – Maximum awards for planning grants will be $40,000

Grant Cycle Schedule

January 1, 2020: Grant Cycle Opens. Manual and online application available.

February 12, 2020: Grant Workshop Webinar 10:00am-Noon. Registration required.

February 13, 2020: Live Grant Workshop in Salem 10:00am-Noon Registration required.

April 10: Large Grant applications Due.

May 1: Small Grant applications due.

May 15: Planning Grant applications due.

Fall 2020 (TBA): Local Government Advisory Committee meets in Salem to evaluate and rank applications.

Fall 2020 (TBA): OPRD Commission hears the Advisory Committee's recommendations at the Commission Meeting

Grant Program Guidance and Forms

​The Local Government Grant Program Manual includes program policies, eligibility requirements, information about the application process, current scoring criteria, and grant management policies. Updates are made every other year.

LGGP Manual

Workshops are offered for applicants to learn more about the grant program and application process. E-mail Mark Cowan, Grant Program Coordinator at mark.cowan@oregon.gov for more information or to register for a workshop.

View 2020 LGGP Workshop Webinar

2020 LGGP Workshop Presentation- Slides only

​OPRD utilizes an online grants application system. The application can be accessed online when the grant cycle is open. Interested applicants must have an account on oprdgrants.org to apply and if needed, can request an account at any time.

Online Grant Application Instructions
These instructions are intended to help applicants navigate the online application process.

Forms:

Documents:

Grant Advisory Committee

The Local Government Grant Program Advisory Committee is composed of eleven members appointed by the OPRD Director. The committee members serve four-year terms and represent the following interests:

  • Counties east of the Cascade Mountains
  • Counties west of the Cascade Mountains
  • Cities under 15,000 people
  • Cities over 15,000 people
  • Park and Recreation Districts, Metropolitan Service Districts or Port Districts
  • Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
  • People with Disabilities
  • Three members of the Public-at-Large, with at least one member who represents the ethnic diversity of the state’s population
  • Bicycle and pedestrian interests


For more information about the Committee, contact the Local Government Grant Program Coordinator.

Grant Awards

​Refer to these lists for descriptions of recent projects funded by LGGP.

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2009-2014


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