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Local Government Grant Program (LGGP)

Grants to Oregon Public Agencies
to Promote Recreational Activities

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD)

Deadline Date:

05/15/20 - Deadline for Planning Grants


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Grants to Oregon public agencies to promote recreational activities that 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: Repairing, restoring or reconstructing on normal wear and tear of facilities. Rehabilitating projects are also those that help meet the access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • 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. 

For more information about eligible projects, see:

Applicants should provide descriptions of intent, strategies, documentation of results, and long-term management plans for sustainability, including recycling, water quality/conservation, plant conservation, wildlife conservation, energy conservation, pollution control, general environmental protection and restoration, and sustainable trails. For more information about sustainability, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164411

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Small Grants: Projects with a maximum $75,000 grant request. Up to fifteen percent (15%) of funds are available for these projects.

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:

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.

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.
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:

- January 6, 2020: 2020 grant cycle opens
- February 12, 2020: Grant workshop webinar
- February 13, 2020: Live grant workshop
- April 10, 2020: Large Grant Applications Due.
- May 1, 2020: Small Grant Applications Due.
​- May 15, 2020: Planning Grant Applications Due.
- Fall 2020 (TBA): Local Government Advisory Committee meets in Salem to evaluate and rank applications.
- Fall 2020 (TBA): OPRD Commission hears the Advisory Committee's recommendations at the Commission Meeting

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.

This is a reimbursement grant program.

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP):


View the 2020 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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