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Grants to Oregon Public Agencies for Recreational
Activities to Benefit Residents of the State

Local Government Grant Program (LGGP)

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD)

Deadline Date:

05/15/22 - Deadline for Planning Grant applications


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Grants to Oregon public agencies for recreational activities to benefit residents of the state. Funding is intended to help local governments in the planning, creation, maintenance, and upgrade of amenities and services that are publicly available and that benefit local communities.

Only public outdoor park and recreation areas and facilities are eligible. Areas and facilities must be open and accessible to the public-at-large. 

Eligible projects:

  • Acquisition: 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. 
  • Development: 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.
  • Rehabilitation: 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.
  • 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.

Applicants should provide descriptions of intent, strategies, documentation of results, and long-term management plans.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164411

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Small Grants: $75,000 maximum award.
Large Grants: $750,000 maximum award.
Planning Projects: $40,000 maximum award.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 Planning Grant Applicants:
Cities, Park, Recreation and Port Districts with populations less than 10,000, and counties with populations less than 50,000

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

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.
f. Acquisition of areas to be used primarily for agricultural land.

For information about ineligible development projects, see

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-Application Information:

- April 1: Large Grant applications Due.
- May 1: Small Grant applications due.
- May 15: Planning Grant applications due.
- June TBA: Local Government Advisory Committee meets to evaluate and rank 2022 applications.

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.

This is a reimbursement grant program.

View 2022 LGGP Workshop Webinar:

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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