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Program Overview

Local Government Grant Program

Toledo Skate Park
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OPRD gives more than $4 million annually to Oregon communities for outdoor recreation projects, and has awarded nearly $50 million in grants across the state since 1999. The grants are funded from voter-approved Lottery money.

You probably have a local government grant funded project in your community - you might have even been there. Examples include The Dalles Riverfront trail, Doc Griffin Park playground in Jacksonville, and the Settlemier Skatepark in Woodburn.
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Eligible Applicants

Geiser Pollman Park, Baker City
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.
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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).

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 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

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.
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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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