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Parks and Recreation Outreach Grant Program

Grants to Platte County, Missouri Nonprofits, Agencies, and
School Districts to Enhance Parks and Recreation Facilities

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Platte County Parks and Recreation Department

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01/12/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Platte County, Missouri nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and school districts for the improvement of parks and recreational facilities. Program priorities include the capital improvements of parks and recreational facilities; the capital maintenance of parks, historic facilities, and recreational facilities; and public recreation programs.

Recognizing that Platte County is a growing and dynamic area with a population that demands the highest quality parks and recreation and wellness opportunities, the Platte County Commission has developed the Parks and Recreation Outreach Grant Program. This program is intended to promote the development of local parks and recreation facilities and programs within Platte County to enhance the quality of life for all residents. The program strengthens partnerships between the County, local governments, and nonprofit organizations to strategically meet the needs of local citizens.

1) Capital Improvement Projects

Capital improvement projects are defined as the development of park and recreational facilities. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, playgrounds, ballfields, trails, picnic shelters, and open space. Parks and recreation capital improvements shall comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Missouri prevailing wage laws, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM). Projects shall be available for public use during their standard expected lifetime, generally considered to be no less than twenty (20) years.

Projects involving land acquisition must include ownership by a public agency and be dedicated for public recreational purposes in perpetuity (nonprofit organizations are encouraged to partner with their local government). Land acquisition projects must also meet a high priority need as defined in the sponsor’s comprehensive/master plan and the County’s Park System Master Plan. Project sponsors applying for land acquisition should consult with staff before applying and provide documented research of land value. At the County’s discretion, a certified appraisal, land survey and environmental assessment may be required.

Capital improvement projects are expected to receive a higher percentage of funding than the other two project areas.

2) Public Recreation Programs

Recreation programs eligible for Outreach Grant funds may be sports, wellness, historical or cultural arts related. Programs must be open to the general public and must take place within Platte County. Programs receiving grant funds may not charge admission fees. Admission fees shall be defined as the charge for access and participation in special events such as concerts, festivals, athletic camps, or instructional clinics.

Project sponsors applying for programs should, within their application submission, provide an outline of the event and include a schedule of activities, detailed descriptions of the programs that will be offered, and intended outcomes and benefits to program attendees. Program applicants should also provide a detailed budget; broad categories that may include administrative expenses or fundraising items cannot be funded. Please provide evidence of the program’s success if it has occurred in the past.

Outreach Grant funds are not designed to be a sole or continuous funding source for programs. Funds are intended to support new efforts and assist with diversifying audiences for worthy programs amongst Platte County citizens. Generally, Outreach Grant funding for a single recreation program shall not be approved for more than two consecutive years.

3) Capital Maintenance for Parks, Recreational, and Historic Facilities

Capital maintenance, as defined by this program, shall include the acquisition of new maintenance equipment and major maintenance or renovation of recreational and historical facilities. Capital maintenance does not include routine actions that keep the facility operational in its original condition or actions that prevent further deterioration or failure. Capital maintenance does include work to extend an asset’s useful life. Qualified items include, but are not necessarily limited to, playground resurfacing, trail resurfacing, ballfield reconditioning activities, and concession/restroom building refurbishments.

Sponsor acquisition of new capital maintenance equipment such as mowers, tractors, storage facilities and other devices used in the regular maintenance/operation of parks, trails, and recreation facilities are eligible under the Outreach Grant program. All equipment funded from Outreach Grant monies must be used strictly for the maintenance and/or operation of park and recreation facilities and may not be used for maintenance of other sponsor assets, such as road right-of-way not along recreational facilities, public works facilities or administrative grounds or buildings.

All capital equipment acquired through the Outreach Grant program must be utilized by sponsors for the life of the equipment, generally considered no less than ten (10) years. Should a sponsor discontinue use of equipment purchased through the Outreach Grant program before the useful life of the equipment has expired, or re-assigns the equipment to other nonpark and recreation purposes, the sponsor shall reimburse Platte County fair market value of the Outreach Grant amount. Should the sponsor wish to sell or trade said equipment, prior approval shall be sought from Platte County with all proceeds going to a similar equipment or function of the sponsor.

All completed projects must be open for public use. Applicants must be in compliance with all previous Outreach Grant Program projects including completion, and maintenance.

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GrantWatch ID#: 177481

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Term of Contract:

Successful applicants shall complete their project no later than November 1, 2018. Limited project extensions may be granted for special circumstances. Applicants may submit a 2018 Outreach Grant application for programs or events occurring before April 1st, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants for Outreach Grant funds must be a local government, school district, or other political subdivision of the state of Missouri as provided for in Article VI, Section 23, of the Missouri Constitution or an Internal Revenue Service designated tax exempt organization such as a 501c(3) or c(4).

Applicants are encouraged to partner with other organizations, including the private sector, and seek public feedback on their projects.

Platte County does not contribute to organizations that practice discrimination by race, color, creed, sex, age or national origin. Projects will be funded only for facilities or programs in Platte County which primarily and significantly benefit Platte County citizens.

Platte County is unable to fund projects through the Outreach Grant Program that do not substantially improve recreational opportunities for county residents.

Projects not eligible for funding include, but are not necessarily limited to, monthly utility costs, maintenance personnel costs, food, consumable maintenance supplies such as fuel or cleaners, janitorial services, small tools, administrative or travel expenses, facility rentals, admission costs, fundraising, program equipment such as footballs, baseball bats, uniforms, pads and nets, or any project that requires the use of eminent domain or condemnation.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A voluntary pre-application meeting will be held on December 13th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at Platte County Community Center South, 8875 Clark Ave. in Parkville, to answer questions from prospective applicants.

Pre-Application Information:

Successful applicants, (sponsors) are required to provide significant matching resources in the form of cash or in-kind services, such as donated labor or materials to the project. All matching resources shall be verified by a resolution or letter from the applicant or agency providing the match

All proposals must be received by 5:00 PM, January 12th, 2018 in order to be considered.

Grant awards will be announced by March 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Platte County Parks and Recreation Department
415 Third Street
Platte City, Missouri 64079

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