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Grants to Arkansas Cities and Counties
to Build Outdoor Recreation Facilities

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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism - Outdoor Recreation Grants Program

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08/30/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Arkansas incorporated municipalities and counties for land acquisition and the development of outdoor recreation facilities for public use. Applicants are required to hold a public hearing concerning the project and schedule a site visit prior to applying.

Projects must fall into one of three categories: Development, Acquisition, or a Combination:
- Development: Development projects include the construction, renovation, replacement, etc. of eligible outdoor recreation facilities.
- Acquisition: Acquisition projects involve the acquisition, either through purchase, donation, or other legal means, of real estate to be used in direct support of public outdoor recreation and/or conservation
- Combination: Combination projects include both the acquisition of real property and development of eligible outdoor recreation facilities.

Generally speaking, any outdoor recreation site, facility, or permanently mounted equipment (e.g., basketball goals and soccer goals) that will be open to the public is eligible for funding. Enclosed facilities that are in direct support of public outdoor recreation (e.g., rest rooms and concession stands) are also eligible for funding.

To view a detailed description of Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) grant priorities, see Appendix A:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170472

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $250,000 in grant funding. There is no minimum request for funding.

Term of Contract:

Grant projects should be completed within two years after the award notice.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding assistance through the Outdoor Recreation Matching Grant is available to all incorporated municipalities and counties in Arkansas.

Applications must be signed by the Chief Executive Officer – Mayor, City Manager, or County Judge – of the local government unit applying for assistance. While other interested groups, such as nonprofits or advocacy groups, may provide donated funds, labor, or other assistance to the project, all expenses must be invoiced to, and paid by, the project sponsor to be eligible for reimbursement.

Community centers and facilities that do not directly support outdoor recreation are not eligible for funding. Programming, staffing, and other ongoing costs (such as routine maintenance) are likewise ineligible.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There are three upcoming application workshops scheduled:

Batesville, AR
White River Planning and Development District
April 9th – 10:00 am
Batesville Community Center and Aquatics
1420 20th Street
Batesville, Arkansas 72501
Telephone: 870-793-5233

Lonoke, AR
Central Arkansas Planning and Development District
April 24th – 10:00 am
902 North Center Street
Lonoke, Arkansas 72086
Telephone: 501-676-2721

Jonesboro, AR
East Arkansas Planning and Development District
April 25th – 10:30 am
2905 King Street
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72403
Telephone: 870-932-3957

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted as a hard copy and postmarked no later than the last Friday in August. Additionally, please fax or email a copy of the cover sheet to your Project Officer so that they know the original application is on the way.

One of the first and most important steps in the application process is to schedule a site visit with the Project Officer assigned to your region. It is strongly recommended that the applicant’s Chief Executive Officer – Mayor, City Manager, or County Judge – be present at this meeting.

Applicants must hold public meetings and outreach activities before or after the site visit. A public hearing is required for each grant cycle and minutes from this hearing must be submitted with the application. Each application must be accompanied by a City Council Resolution (for an application submitted by a municipality) or a Quorum Court Resolution (for an application submitted by a County).

After review and scoring is complete, applications will be organized by their PRS scores form highest to lowest. If grant funding is limited, staff will use this list to determine who will be invited to the Committee Hearings in October. Once the invitation list is complete, a letter will be sent to all applicants indicating either they are invited to the Committee Hearings or their application has fallen short of receiving the requisite PRS points necessary for consideration.

Important dates:
- March: Outdoor Recreation Matching Grant Application Guide available
- March-April: ADPT staff conduct application workshops
- June 23: Deadline to advertise a public meeting for June 30th
- June 30: Deadline to score maximum points for site visits, public meetings, and outreach
- Last Friday in September: Deadline to correct application deficiencies and deadline to submit photos for Committee Hearings
- October 25, 2019: Committee Hearings for Outdoor Recreation Matching Grants

The Matching Grant Program is a reimbursable grant program. This means that the grantee will be reimbursed for half of the amount of the project cost up to the grant amount. Once the total development cost is understood, the applicant will apply for funding that does not exceed one-half of the estimated total development costs.

Applicants who are awarded a grant are called project sponsors. Project sponsors do not receive funds before development occurs; rather, project sponsors are responsible for bearing the initial costs of implementing the project. Project sponsors may be reimbursed 50% of all allowable expenses, up to the grant amount, after all or a portion of the grant project has been completed. The project sponsor may request reimbursement multiple times during the development phase, or wait until the project is completed and request the full reimbursement.

Along with funds from the project sponsor’s bank account(s), the project sponsor’s match may come from materials purchased by the project sponsor, employee labor provided by the project sponsor, and
the use of equipment owned by the project sponsor. Donated labor, services, equipment use, material, and/or the value of donated land acquired for the project may also be submitted as sponsor match. Please consult with your Project Officer if you have any specific questions about what may be used as project sponsor’s match.

For additional information about matching grant requirements, see:

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Contact Information:

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

Send completed applications to:
Outdoor Recreation Grants Program
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: 501-682-1301
Fax 501-682-0081

John Beneke, Program Director
(501) 682-1301

Matt McNair, Project Officer
(501) 682-1227

Mike Sprague, Project Officer
(501) 682-6946

Zach Foster, Project Officer
(501) 682-6947

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