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Program Overview

County Opportunity Grants

County Opportunity grants go to Oregon counties to purchase land for campgrounds, to improve or
plan camping areas, and other, similar purposes. The grants, which comes from a portion of RV
registration fees, has been funding Oregon campground projects yearly since 1983.








A shelter at River Bend park in Linn County

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Eligible Applicants

  • All Oregon counties that own property outright or have a long-term lease (20 years or more).
  • County property operated by other public entities with interagency agreements.
  • Counties with no park system and fewer than 30,000 residents can apply to develop or improve campgrounds within or adjacent to fairgrounds.
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Project Types

Acquisition – Acquiring property for public camping facilities, including new areas or additions to existing parks.

Playground equipment

Development – Developing new campgrounds, adding onto existing campgrounds or developing new support facilities such as restrooms, parking lots, landscaping, and sewer/water/electrical systems. Potential projects include building picnic facilities, playground areas, trails and other facilities that enhance an overnight camping experience.

Rehabilitation – Rehabilitating grounds or structures to meet the access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Potential projects include remodeling restrooms and shower facilities, campsites and replacing sewer/water/electrical systems in overnight campgrounds.

Planning – Planning for future development of overnight camping facilities, including feasibility studies and park master plans.

Facilities where recreation is a secondary function are ineligible. This includes projects related to courthouse grounds, fairgrounds, ports, and museum grounds.

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.

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Match Criteria

  • Counties with fewer than 30,000 residents require a 25% local match.
  • Counties with more than 30,000 residents require a 50% local match.
  • Local matches include local budget funds, federal revenue sharing funds, local agency labor or equipment, other grants, donations of land, labor, equipment, or any combination of the above.
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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. A Project Sponsor may request up to $1,000,000 for land acquisition projects.
  • Small Community Planning Grants – Maximum awards for planning grants will be $40,000.
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Project Selection

Grant applications are reviewed by grants staff and then forwarded to the seven-member County Parks Assistance Advisory Committee for evaluation.

Project sponsors are asked to make a presentation to the Advisory Committee, after which the Committee scores the projects and establishes a priority of funding list.

The priority list is then passed on to the OPRD Commission for final funding approval.

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