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Grants to Alabama Agencies, Local Governments, and Tribes to Acquire and Improve Outdoor Recreation Facilities in Disadvantaged Areas

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant - Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP)


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Funding Source
Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Alabama

Important Dates
LOI Date: 01/08/24
Deadline: 03/01/24 12:00 PM Noon - Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to Alabama state agencies, local governments, and tribes to acquire or improve outdoor park recreation sites and facilities for public use in disadvantaged areas. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding may be used to create new facilities, acquire water or land for park-related uses, and, in some cases, renovate existing facilities. Eligible uses of funds include the acquisition of land for creating water impoundments and the renovation of sports and playfields.

Virtually all public outdoor recreation activities are eligible for assistance under the Program including playgrounds, ball fields, (including lights – concrete or metal poles only), court sports, picnic areas, camping areas, trails, splash pads, etc. In addition, support facilities such as concession stands, restrooms, park access roads, parking areas, utilities, and site preparation necessary to make a recreation activity area usable may qualify for assistance. 

The following program criteria apply to all applicants seeking LWCF assistance:

  • The need for the facility/activity must be documented in Alabama’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).
  • The property to be developed must be owned by an eligible applicant.
  • The applicant must agree to manage and operate the LWCF assisted site for public outdoor recreation in perpetuity.
  • Existing outdoor recreation areas owned and operated by the applicant must be well maintained.
  • The applicant must agree to comply with all other laws, rules, and regulations associated with the LWCF program.

ORLP Objectives and Goals

The purpose of the ORLP Program is to provide new or significantly improved recreation opportunities in urban, disadvantaged communities, consistent with the purposes and requirements of the LWCF Act and LWCF Manual. To meet ORLP objectives and goals, projects must be: 

  • located within an incorporated city (or town) or unincorporated area having a population of 30,000 or more in the 2020 Census, and
  • located within a community (Census tract) that is determined to be disadvantaged per the Climate and Environmental Justice Screening Tool at (includes a tract of the project site and community(ies) served).

ORLP Program Competition Priorities 

This competition will prioritize the selection of projects that: 

  • As green and blue spaces, and tree cover help to cool the air, reduce pollution, and have positive effects on mental and physical health, nature-based park projects will earn a 5-point bonus. Nature-based projects are those where nature is a major element of, or strongly supports, the proposed recreational activity.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
State agencies, local units of government, special purpose districts (must be an entity created by a legislative authority with a stated mission that includes acquiring, developing, owning, and managing recreation areas and be able to demonstrate it can meet the perpetual protection requirement of the LWCF program), and federally-recognized Indian Tribes

Parks/sites that are currently receiving an LWCF formula grant, or that received an LWCF formula grant that closed within the last seven years (even if the scope of the project is different) and, parks/sites that received more than one previous ORLP award are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information
It will be necessary to submit a notice of intent to apply for funding to ADECA no later than 12:00 P.M. on Monday, January 8, 2024.

- Deadline: 12 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2024
- Anticipated Award Date: November 1, 2025

Grants require a minimum of 1:1 match from state, local, or private sources.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants can request between $300,000 and $15,000,000.

Contact Information
Please submit one copy of your full application by one of the methods identified below. Maps must be no larger than 11”x17”.

By Mail:
Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
Attn: LaToya Edwards, Programs Supervisor
Post Office Box 5690
Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5690

By Courier:
Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
Attn: LaToya Edwards, Programs Supervisor
401 Adams Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

By E-Mail:
Program Contacts:

Crystal G. Talley
Federal Initiatives and Recreation Division Chief
(334) 353-2630

LaToya Edwards
Programs Supervisor
(334) 242-5382

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