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North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF)

Grants to North Carolina Counties and Municipalities
to Develop Parks and Recreational Facilities

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North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation

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Deadline Date:

05/01/18 5:00 PM Postmark or Receipt


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Grants to North Carolina municipalities and counties for the development of public parks and recreational facilities. Funding may be used for land acquisition or for the construction of public-use facilities. Funding may also be used for the protection of scenic and natural resources, or for the renovation of older park facilities. Projects must be located on a single site.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150445

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can request a maximum grant of $500,000 with each application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

North Carolina counties and incorporated municipalities are eligible for PARTF grants. Public authorities, as defined by N.C. General Statute 159-7, are also eligible if they are authorized to acquire land or develop recreational facilities for the general public.

Applicants must have control of the PARTF park site. An applicant must own or have at least a 25-year signed lease or easement for the property where a PARTF facility will be located.

Property acquired with PARTF must be dedicated forever for public recreational use. Facilities built or renovated with a PARTF grant must be available for public recreational use for at least 25 years.

Pre-proposal Conference:

RSS and the PARTF staff will conduct a workshop for local governments to explain the application process and requirements. The workshop will be held September 6, 2017, 9:00 AM to noon.

The workshop is presented simultaneously via video conference sites across the state. Attendance is recommended but not required. The workshop will also be streamed via the internet.

Pre-Application Information:

An applicant must match the grant dollar-for-dollar, 50% of the total cost of the project and may contribute more than 50%. The appraised value of land to be donated to the applicant can be used as part of the match. The value of in-kind services, such as volunteer work, cannot be used as part of the match.

A local government can use the appraised value of donated land as part of the 50% match for the grant. The donor of the land must be a private organization or individual. The applicant must provide a five-year history of conveyance for the property. Land that is transferred to the applicant due to a statute or rule is not considered a donation.

The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation provides technical assistance to local governments through a contract with Recreation Resources Service (RRS) at N.C. State University.

Complete the application early—4 weeks before the application deadline—and give it to your regional consultant for a preliminary technical review.

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on May 1, 2018 to the applicant's regional consultant at Recreation Resources Service (RRS).

The Parks and Recreation Authority will meet select grant recipients in August 2018.


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

RSVP to attend the September 6 workshop:

Drop-off Locations:

The Recreation Resources Service website includes contact information for regional consultants:

Field Offices – Regional Recreation Consultants

Western Region:
Judy Francis
NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
176 Riceville Road
Asheville, NC 28805
(828) 296-7230 Ext. 226

Central West Region
Matt Whitlow
NC State University, Campus Box 8004
Raleigh, NC 27695-8004
(919) 513-6145

Central East Region
Jenn Beedle-Munley
NC State University, Campus Box 8004
Raleigh, NC 27695-8004
(919) 513-3937

Eastern Region
LuAnn Bryan
Fort Macon State Park
2303 East Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 240-3886

NC State Office:

Pete Armstrong, RRS Director

Charlynne Smith, GIS Research Specialist

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina