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Capital Improvement Grant Program

Grants to Ventura County, California
Nonprofits to Enhance Public Parks

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Conejo Recreation and Park District (CRPD)

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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to Ventura County, California nonprofit organizations to enhance and improve local parks. Requests will address identifiable needs, such as park furnishings, maintenance issues, or the purchase or enhancement of recreational equipment. Projects must be located within Conejo Recreation and Park District.

The Conejo Recreation and Park District Capital Improvement Fund Grant is a tool for community groups to turn their project concepts into a reality. Each year money will be set aside to fund this program so that groups may contribute projects that will enhance local parks and facilities and benefit the community and its members. Nonprofit groups may apply for fund dollars to initiate, plan, organize, and implement a project in partnership with CRPD.

CRPD will review the proposal and application which is based on the following criteria:
a) Project Feasibility: budget is reasonable and appropriate, time line is realistic and project has a clear beginning and end.
b) Impact on park maintenance
c) Impact on existing park users
d) Permits required for land use and/or building
e) Funding
f) Project implementation
g) Community need - the project is appropriate and is representative of the demographic make-up of the community. If applicable, project community match is documented with supporting signatures that demonstrate widespread participation and support for the project.

Examples of Projects:

The following projects are examples that can be accomplished through this program; however, other projects can also be submitted.

1. Enhancing Sports Fields: Refurbishment of fields such as turf, irrigation, and lighting improvements.

2. Adding Permanent Improvements: Build or enhance a physical improvement to a park or facility, such as an installation of a scoreboard, restroom construction, building additional fields, batting cages etc. These types of projects encourage partnerships between the District and sports organizations in the community.

3. Enhance a Park Project: Creates opportunities to all community members, to organize a project that makes a change or improvement in a CRPD park or facility. The projects can include, but are not limited to, shade structures, trail maintenance, installation of park benches, etc.

Project Implementation: If your project is approved, a District member will be appointed to work with you to make sure that project is completed according to park standards. All capital improvements will be approved by the District and coordinated through the District.

Demonstration of Need for Funds: Applications must show a demonstrated need, beyond normal capacity to fundraise, for requested funds.

Location of Project: Capital Improvement project must be constructed on District property.

Benefit to the District: To be eligible for funding, organizations must demonstrate that any monies received will be used solely for the improvements which benefit the District and its patrons.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138607

Estimated Size of Grant:

Non-Matching Grants: The request for funds may be up to a maximum of $5,000 for each project.

Matching Grants: The request for matching funds must be a minimum of $5,000 and no more than the maximum of $25,000 for each project.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed in 12 months or less. Actual funding for the projects will start July 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must be a nonprofit organization.

Requests for funds must be for future capital improvements and not for reimbursement of funds expended on a past project. Funds will not be awarded until the project is ready to go for construction and bids have been awarded.

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations receiving a Capital Improvements Matching Fund Grant must provide the District at least one hundred percent match to the District’s Grant. (Defined as Organizational funding; is 50% or greater of the project cost.)

The raising of necessary funds will be the responsibility of the individual or organization proposing the project. Conejo Recreation and Park District cannot assist with the funding and will match the funds of the project proposal when approved.

Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2018, and organizations must have a ready-to-go project to be evaluated. The District will evaluate all applications during May and June 2018, after which it will execute agreements with the successful organizations and then construction can start.

Organizations are strongly encouraged to contact staff regarding potential projects before turning in their applications to assess the feasibility of each.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Tom Hare, Parks & Planning Administrator
805-495-6471, ext. 1111

Conejo Recreation & Park District
403 W. Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

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