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Local Government Grant Program (LGGP)

Grants to Oregon Public Agencies to Develop Outdoor
Recreation Facilities, Parks, and Natural Areas

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD)

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05/15/18 - Large Grant Applications


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Grants to Oregon local government agencies for the development of outdoor park and recreational facilities for public use. Funding may by requested of acquisition, development, and rehabilitation projects. Eligible facilities and sites must be accessible and open to the general public.

Projects eligible for funding assistance are land acquisition, development, and major rehabilitation projects that are consistent with the outdoor recreation goals and objectives contained in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), and/or recreation elements of local comprehensive plans and local master plans.

Acquisition Projects:

Acquisition of land and waters for public outdoor recreation areas and facilities, including new areas or additions to existing parks, forests, wildlife areas, open spaces, beaches and other similar areas dedicated to outdoor recreation are eligible for assistance. Areas acquired may serve a variety of outdoor recreation activities including but not limited to: driving and walking for pleasure, sightseeing, swimming and other water sports, fishing, picnicking, nature study, boating, hunting and shooting, camping, horseback riding, bicycling, snowmobiling, skiing and other outdoor sports and activities.

Acquisition of lands and waters, or interests therein (such as easements), may be accomplished through purchase, transfer, gift, or other means that will assure the desired public use.

Development Projects:

Grant funds are available for the development of outdoor recreation facilities in accordance with SCORP, recreation elements of local comprehensive plans and local master plans.

Eligible Development Projects
a. Projects include recreation facilities such as sports and playfields, picnic facilities, trails, water trails, biking trails, outdoor swimming facilities, boating facilities, fishing and hunting facilities, winter sports facilities, camping facilities, outdoor exhibit or interpretive facilities, spectator facilities, and renovated facilities, etc.
b. Projects may also include support facilities such as roads, parking areas, utilities, sanitation systems, restroom buildings, kiosks, bathhouses, walkways, and landscaping.
c. A project may consist of one or more improvements.
d. A project may consist of the complete or partial development of one site, or it may consist of a series of developments on a number of geographically separated areas within the same site.
e. The development project must be a logical unit of work to be accomplished in a specific time frame and able to stand on its own as a viable project not dependent on future development.
f. Development projects will be subject to the conversion requirements outlined in Section 7.1.
g. For large development projects that are applied for in phases, there is no guarantee that funding will be available for future phases.
h. OPRD will not reimburse Project Sponsor for any development costs incurred prior to Project Sponsor’s receipt of written Notice to Proceed from OPRD.

Rehabilitation Projects:

1. Major rehabilitation means the repair, restoration, or reconstruction of facilities, which is necessitated by obsolescence, facility destroyed by natural disaster, vandalism, fire, building code changes, health code requirements, or normal wear and tear not attributed to lack of maintenance.

2. Rehabilitation projects are those that help meet the access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, to meet the requirements of public health and safety laws and to bring a facility up to standards of quality and attractiveness.

Planning Projects:

Planning projects generally entail the use of specialized consultants and expert professionals to work with local citizens and organizations to develop a county, community or site-specific park and recreation plan. OPRD requires that the planning project include substantial public participation and engagement of potential user groups and stakeholders. If consultants are utilized for the project, they must be selected using a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Contracts with other government agencies do not require an RFP process.

Eligible Planning Projects:

a. System-Wide Park and Recreation Plans - A municipal, county or district-wide plan that identifies system needs, available resources, and required capital project investments to accomplish short and long-term park, recreation, and open space objectives of the community. The planning process must include substantial citizen involvement, inventory of existing conditions and facilities, analysis of issues and community needs, and specific recommendations that include specific actions, priorities, and costs. The planning process must include the adoption of the planning document through the local land use approval process.

b. Site-Specific Park and Outdoor Recreation Plans - These planning efforts target a specific site that has been identified in a system-wide park and recreation plan or in a city or county comprehensive plan. Site-specific planning projects include public outreach and an analysis process that leads to a detailed plan for full development or redevelopment of a park or other recreational-use site. The plan must address priorities identified in a system-wide or comprehensive plan. The planning process must include the adoption of the planning document through the local land use approval process.

c. Community or Regional Trail System Plans - A community or regional trail system plan provides guidance in the development of transportation, recreation, and open space networks that traverse a community or region. Only non-motorized trail plans will be considered and they should connect important origins and destinations such as neighborhoods, schools, parks, natural areas, employment centers and other services. The planning process includes inventory, mapping and analysis of existing and proposed trail corridors and hubs that influence the development of the trail systems. Except for limited short segments, the planned trail system should be physically separated from the street and sidewalk system. Water trail planning will also be considered as a non-motorized trail project if primarily designed for watercraft such as canoes, kayaks, rafts, and drift boats. The planning process must include the adoption of the planning document through the local land use approval process.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164411

Estimated Size of Grant:

Small Grants: Projects with a maximum $75,000 grant request.

Large Grant Requests: Other than for land acquisitions, projects with a maximum $750,000 grant request. A Project Sponsor may request up to $1,000,000 for land acquisition projects.

Small Community Planning Grants: Maximum awards for planning grants will be $40,000.

Term of Contract:

Planning projects must be completed within two years of grant approval.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Agencies:
Local government agencies, which under state law have an obligation to provide public recreation facilities, are eligible to apply for funding assistance. This includes cities (municipal corporations); counties (political subdivisions); metropolitan service districts, park and recreation districts, and port districts.

Eligible Applicants for Planning Projects:
Eligible planning project applicants include Cities, Park or Recreation Districts, and Port Districts, serving communities with populations less than 10,000 residents, and counties with populations less than 50,000.

Ineligible Agencies:
Ineligible agencies include schools, nonprofit organizations, service clubs, and non-park special service districts, such as irrigation or fire districts.

Applicants with Active Projects:
Project Sponsors that have two active local government grants cannot apply until at least one project has been completed. Project Sponsors are permitted to submit two applications per cycle, but if the sponsor has an active project, only one application may be submitted.

Ineligible Acquisition Projects:
a. Acquisition of historic sites and structures will not receive LGGP funding assistance except when it is demonstrated that the acquisition is primarily for outdoor recreation purposes.
b. Acquisition of museums and sites to be used for museums or primarily archeological excavations.
c. Acquisition of areas and facilities designed to be used primarily for semi-professional and professional arts and athletics are not eligible.
d. Acquisition of areas to be used mainly for the construction of indoor facilities.
e. Acquisition of areas to be used primarily for game refuges and fish production purposes.
d. Acquisition of areas to be used primarily for agricultural land.

Ineligible Development Projects:
a. Any indoor facilities such as community centers, indoor swimming facilities, historic buildings, park managers’ residences, maintenance buildings and equipment. Indoor meeting rooms, auditoriums, libraries, study areas, restaurants, lodges, motels, luxury cabins, food preparation equipment, kitchens and equipment sales.
b. Commercial-type amusement centers are not eligible.
c. Routine maintenance such as cleanup, painting, and minor repairs of buildings, structures, equipment and utilities.
d. Professional facilities and areas designed primarily for semi-professional or professional arts or athletics, such as professional type outdoor theaters, professional rodeo arenas, recreation complexes for professional arts or athletics, and intercollegiate or interscholastic sports facilities.
e. Exhibit areas that function primarily for academic, historic, economic, entertainment or other non-recreational purposes.
f. Exclusive use areas such as group camps designated for specific groups or for which specific groups will be given priority access, and facilities to be used exclusively by the handicapped are not eligible unless the facilities are available to the general public.
g. Operational equipment such as buoys, ropes, life jackets, or boats for marinas are not eligible.
h. Wetland mitigation banking.
i. Bundling – Bundling is defined as submitting one grant application that includes projects for different sites. Applications that consist of different projects at different sites will not be accepted. Bundling of projects can occur where the applicant can show that substantial cost savings are obtained for work of a similar nature. An example would be a project of providing a new topcoat on existing asphalt at two separate sites that are within reasonable proximity to each other.

Ineligible Planning Projects:
a. City or County Comprehensive Plans
b. Transportation System Plans
c. Motorized Trail Plans

Ineligible Planning Project Expenses:
Generally, consumables such as drinks and refreshments provided at planning meetings are not eligible as match or for reimbursement under the Local Government Grant Program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Workshops are offered for applicants to learn more about the grant program and application process. E-mail Mark Cowan, Grant Program Coordinator for more information or to register for a workshop.

Registration is required for the following workshops:
-January 18, 2018: Live Grant Workshop in Salem 10:00 AM - Noon
-January 25, 2018: Grant Workshop Webinar 10:00 AM - Noon

To view the 2017 Workshop Webinar, click HERE.

Pre-Application Information:

OPRD gives more than $4 million annually to Oregon communities for outdoor recreation projects. Up to fifteen percent (15%) of funds are available for Small Grants projects. Currently, approximately $150,000 of state lottery funds will be available each year for planning grants, depending on available funding.

The eligible match by the Project Sponsor may include local budgeted funds, local agency labor or equipment, federal revenue sharing, other eligible grants, state and county inmate labor, donated funds, the value of private donated property, equipment, materials, labor, the value of land acquired within the past six year period, cost of appraisals, pre-development costs within the past two year period (cannot exceed 15 percent of total project costs), or any combination thereof.

The Local Government Grant Program provides for:

At least 50 percent match required for-
-Cities and districts over 25,000 population
-Counties over 50,000 population

At least 40 percent match required for-
-Cities and districts with a population between 5,000 and 25,000
-Counties a population between 30,000 and 50,000

At least 20 percent match required for-
-Cities and districts under 5,000 population
-Counties under 30,000 population.

-January 1, 2018: 2018 grant cycles opens. 2018 manual and online application available.
-January 18, 2018: Live Grant Workshop in Salem 10:00 AM - Noon. Registration Required.
-January 25, 2018: Grant Workshop Webinar 10:00 AM - Noon. Registration Required.
-April 1: Large Grant Applications Due.
-May 1: Small Grant Applications Due.
​-May 15: Planning Grant Applications Due.
-June (TBA): Local Government Grant Advisory Committee meets in Salem to evaluate and rank applications.
-September (TBA): OPRD Commission hears the Advisory. Committee’s recommendations at the Commission meeting.

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP):

Application and Forms:

Schedule of Events:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Mark Cowan , Grant Program Coordinator
P: 503-986-0591
F: 503-986-0794

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Local Government Grants
725 Summer St. NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301

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