City of Salem
Grants of up to $20,000 to Salem, Oregon neighborhood associations to improve local parks and recreational facilities. Letters of Intent are due October 31. This program provides matching funds in support of park planning and construction. Recipient associations will partner with the city in the planning and implementation of the project.
The NA identifies a project within one of their parks. The City works closely with the NA to ensure the project is feasible and within the standards of the Master Plan. Once a project has been selected and approved by the SPIF Project Review Committee, the City will award a portion of the funds needed to construct the project, and the NA raises the rest of the money. The City then oversees the construction and works with NA volunteers who wish to participate in the process.
The partnership is not just the sharing of the cost; it also involves City staff working together with the neighborhood association in the planning, construction, and eventual celebration of their park project.
Eligible project criteria will include the following items:
1. The project is identified as an approved amenity in the Comprehensive Park System Master Plan.
The Master Plan is designed to identify the needs of Neighborhood, Community, and Urban Parks. Park amenities are planned for different categories of parks based on a wide variety and number of users depending on the park classification. There may be a certain amenity that is appropriate for a Community Park, but not for a Neighborhood Park based on type of use, maintenance received, and location and/or size.
2. Project meets all local, state, and federal laws for parks and recreation facilities.
Any new amenity added to a public park must meet local, state, and federal rules to ensure all citizens safe access and use. A new improvement may require infrastructure such as an access point for a wheel chair, or walkways to provide a safe route leading to the proposed project. If needed, this will be included in your project cost estimate. Proposed projects should avoid impacts to natural resources such as wetlands, streams and riparian areas that require additional permitting.
3. The proposed amenity meets City of Salem, Parks Operations standards.
The City of Salem has a set standard of park furnishings and equipment in order to meet specific safety and maintenance requirements. Even an item as simple as a bench has to be made from a specific quality of material in order to withstand damage due to use, weather, and vandalism.
Applicants need to show support from their neighborhood residents, businesses, school(s), civic groups, etc. Submission of letters of support from neighborhood residents, organizations, and/or businesses is encouraged.
Applicant must show an identifiable need for the desired park improvement and the level of priority.
The proposal should show the extent to which the improvement will (1) reduce maintenance costs, or (2) require minimal, ongoing maintenance costs. Preference points will be given to those Neighborhood Associations who agree to assist with ongoing maintenance, and are willing to enter into an agreement to that effect for a period of time agreed to by both the Neighborhood Association and the City.
GrantWatch ID#: 146974
The Review Committee typically does not award an amount greater than $20,000.
There are rare cases where circumstances have created a priority need in a park, such as replacement of vandalized play equipment. In this instance, the Review Committee has the discretion to award more than the maximum level if the committee members agree that the project is a high priority.
Projects must be completed or construction started before June 30, 2019.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Toni Whitler, SPIF Program Manager
555 Liberty Street SE, Room 325
Salem Oregon 97302
USA: Oregon: City of Salem
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