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Grants to Arkansas Cities, Counties, and School
Districts to Build Outdoor Recreation Facilities

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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Deadline Date:

08/25/17 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Arkansas counties, incorporated cities, and school districts for the development of outdoor recreation facilities for public use. Applicants are required to hold a public hearing concerning the project between January 1 and July 31. Funding is available for both facility development and land acquisition.

There are two types of projects which can be funded by an ORGP Matching Grant:

1) Facility: Development of a facility project is funding for construction of recreational facilities.

2) Land Acquisition and Facility Development: A combination project is funding for both acquisition of land not previously owned by the applicant and development of that land for recreation use.

Priority points will be given if major elements within the proposed project provide year-around recreational opportunities. (Examples include basketball courts, trails, play equipment, pavilion, and picnic facilities, etc.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170472

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for up to $250,000 in reimbursable matching funds.

Term of Contract:

Property acquired for future development must be developed within 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The only entities eligible to apply for financial assistance for the acquisition and/or development of outdoor recreation facilities are:

-Incorporated Cities
-Unincorporated areas or communities requiring county sponsorship of their project
-School Districts may submit joint applications with incorporated cities or counties for development of public recreation facilities on school district property. Grant is not intended to replace school district funding for playgrounds or athletic facilities.

The following may not participate in the Outdoor Recreation Grant Program:

-Colleges and Universities
-Private nonprofit corporations, foundations, clubs or organizations
-Any other private entity

Enclosed facilities cannot be constructed within the area described by the park boundary map, except as support to an outdoor facility (i.e., rest rooms or concession stands). Pavilions cannot have sides that give the effect of a closed-in building, nor can facilities constructed with LWCF or NCRGTF monies be enclosed at a later date.

Pre-Application Information:

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. The grantee must finance 100% of the cost of the project, which can include in-kind labor, land donations, contributions and general appropriations.

This program will not reimburse the grantee for any more than the amount of cash they spend. Fifty percent of the eligible expenditures, up to the grant amount, may be reimbursed by periodic billings during the project period, or the grantee may wait until project completion to request total reimbursement.

The deadline for receipt of applications for FY 2018 is 5:00 PM, August 25, 2017. Applications simply postmarked by that date are not acceptable.

A public hearing is required for each grant cycle and minutes from this hearing must be submitted with the application. The public hearing must be held between January 1, 2017 and on or before July 31, 2017.

Applicants are required to advertise, and to invite minorities to attend the required public hearing.

The purpose of a public hearing is to provide local citizens the opportunity to (1) identify and list local recreation development priorities, and (2) resolve the components of the application to be submitted as part of the application.

Contact Information:

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

John Beneke, 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

Outdoor Recreation Grants Program
Department of Parks and Tourism
1 Capitol Mall
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

P: (501) 682-1301
F: (501) 682-0081

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arkansas