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Grants to North Dakota Local Agencies for
Outdoor Recreation Staff and Facilities Development

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North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department

Deadline Date:

10/30/15 1:00 PM CST


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Grants to North Dakota state agencies seeking funds for either: (a) the development of new recreation programs geared towards communities with a population of 13,000 or less, or (b) the construction, renovation, or improvement of outdoor recreation facilities throughout the State. Priorities for each of these two categories are listed below.

1. Recreation Leadership Grants: These grants are intended to assist small communities without full-time recreation staff, to hire staff and develop professional recreation programs. Eligible expenses include year-round staffing costs and training programs; up to 20% of the grant request can be used for recreation equipment needed to offer new recreation programs.

Costs associated with office rental and office equipment are not eligible. Costs related to ongoing maintenance of recreation facilities are also not eligible.

2. Outdoor Recreation Facilities Grants to to improve, renovate, or construct outdoor facilities primarily used for park and recreation purposes. Eligible expenses are for the actual construction costs for outdoor recreation facilities.

Eligible recreation facilities may include but are not limited to the following facility types:

- Sports and playfields and other outdoor spaces used in competitive and individual sports. This includes fields for baseball, softball, soccer and football, tennis courts, playgrounds, golf courses, rodeo arenas, inline hockey rinks, skate parks, running tracks, and other similar facilities.

- Picnic facilities including tables, fire rings, shelters, and associated amenities.

- Trails including development and marking of overlooks, turnouts and trails for nature walks, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, exercising, and motorized vehicles.

- Swimming facilities including swimming beaches, outdoor pools, wave-making pools, wading pools, spray pools, lifeguard towers, bathhouses and other similar facilities.

- Non-motorized boating facilities for canoeing or kayaking.

- Winter sports facilities such as cross country ski trails, sledding, snowmobiling, and other winter sports. Outdoor ice skating and outdoor ice hockey rinks are also eligible.

- Camping facilities including tables, fire rings, restrooms, and associated tent and RV facilities.

- Exhibit or interpretive panels that present information to aid observation or interpretation of natural resources located on the recreation site.

- Spectator facilities such as amphitheaters and modest seating areas related to community playfields and other eligible facilities.

- Accessible facilities including the adaptation of new or existing outdoor recreation facilities and support facilities for use by persons with disabilities. Such accessible facilities must be available to the general public or be part of an outdoor recreation area that serves the general public.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161597

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Recreation facilities grants - start at $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Recreation Leadership Grants: Up to 3 years.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Recreational leadership grant:
- Political subdivisions serving communities with a population of 13,000 or less

Cities, park districts and school districts unable to support professional recreation programs on their own are encouraged to consider joint applications to ensure continued funding support and broad access and use of programs.

Recreation facilities grant:
- Political subdivisions

Pre-Application Information:

Leadership Grants are awarded the following % of the total program cost:
- 1st year = 75%
- 2nd year = 50%
- 3rd year = 25%

Through a partnership with the North Dakota Recreation & Park Association, grant applicants who are chosen for funding will be partnered up with a park district, chosen based on proximity to the grant recipient and expertise in the focus of the grant request. Staff and board members from the mentoring park district will be available to provide technical assistance and guidance to ensure successful leadership and implementation of new recreation programs.

It is essential that the local project sponsor get an overview of the mentor’s program first hand. Throughout the three-year grant process, successful applicants can expect to meet periodically with the mentoring park district to assist in implementing and reviewing new recreation programs.

Outdoor grants:
At the time of application the project sponsor must have at least 50% of the total grant cost available.

To ensure environmentally, historically and culturally important properties are not negatively affected, projects must be reviewed for clearance through the ND State Historic Preservation Office, ND Natural Heritage Inventory and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The projects selected for funding will be forwarded by NDPRD to these agencies for review. Projects which do not pass this review will not receive funding.

Contact Information:

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

Kevin Stankiewicz

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