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Community Infrastructure Program: Parks and Open Space

Grants to California Nonprofits and Agencies to Develop
Open Park Areas that Reduce the Impact of Local Industries

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Grants to California nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible regions to develop parks and open areas that reduce adverse effects of the local port industry. Applicants must submit a concept paper prior to applying. Funding is intended to support the creation of new parks, enhancement of existing parks, construction of paved areas, and provision of support facilities for open space areas in the Long Beach area.

The goal of the Grant Program is to reduce port-related impacts associated with air and water quality, noise, and traffic by funding community infrastructure projects outside the Harbor District, in the neighborhoods and corridors where these impacts are most acutely felt. Accordingly, the Grant Program funds the following project types:

  • Parks and Open Space
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure
  • Water Quality and Stormwater
  • Soundwalls and Noise Barriers

The intent is to fund projects that provide buffers between sources of port-related impacts and the surrounding communities through the development of passive parks and open space. In addition, these parks must be able to help mitigate air quality and noise impacts by using trees and landscaping to block noise and to absorb particulate matter and greenhouse gases and potentially by eliminating an industrial use near the community. Elimination of an industrial use can involve redeveloping what was once a commercial lot into a passive park and open space to potentially prevent future industrial use, and help further mitigate port-related impacts. For the purposes of this solicitation, an “industrial” use includes a port-related facility, railyard, freeway, or heavily trafficked road, particularly a road with truck traffic.

Port-related impacts from freight operations include emissions, traffic, and noise from ships, trucks, trains, tugboats and terminal equipment. These impacts affect surrounding communities adjacent to the Port as well as those communities that run along the I-710 due to heavy volumes of drayage trucks traveling to a variety of businesses, terminals, warehouses, trans-loading facilities, and container rail yards. For this reason, these areas have been identified as the Priority Zone and projects completely or partially within these areas are eligible to apply.

The following projects are eligible:

  • Development of new parks or open space with trees, vegetation, noise buffers, berms, irrigation and/or stormwater systems
  • Enhancing existing parks or open space with trees, vegetation, noise buffers, berms, irrigation and/or stormwater systems
  • Construction of paved areas which create access and use of open space at either new or existing parks or open space areas. Construction of support facilities necessary for access and use of new or existing parks or open space areas, i.e., lighting, parking, restrooms, and sidewalks.

For additional information on eligible projects, see page 4 of the RFP, in Supporting Documents, below.

For project objectives and allowable expenses, see page 6 of the RFP, in Supporting Documents, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185814

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The minimum grant award is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

- Project Period Begins: April 2022
- Project Period Ends: April 2026

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Non-profit organizations with current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
- Government agencies

Project applications must be signed and submitted by the current legal owner of the facility and/or land within which the improvements will take place. Lessees may apply only with a signed letter from the facility/land owner expressly agreeing to the project and to all of the terms and conditions in the funding agreement and Guidelines. Applications from third parties (i.e., vendors, contractors, or consultants) are not allowed.

Preference is given to projects that take place within the Priority Zone identified in Figure 1. Projects within the Priority Zone will receive substantially higher ranking in the evaluation process, and in some cases, inclusion within the Priority Zone may be a minimum eligibility requirement. No projects may take place outside the Eligibility Zone.

If trees are being planted as part of the project, only eligible trees may be selected. A list of eligible trees can be found on page 36 of the RFP, in Supporting Documents, below.

The following projects are not eligible for funding:
- Development of new parks or open space with active recreational uses, like sports fields and/or playgrounds
- Routine maintenance of existing parks and open space areas
- Development of sports fields and playgrounds
- Play equipment, community centers, amphitheaters, or other facilities and equipment not necessary for access and use of an open space
- Stand-alone plans, environmental or design project phases not resulting in actual construction

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Release Concept Paper RFP: September 7, 2021
- Post Q&A Documents to Website: September 14, 2021
- Deadline to Submit Concept Papers: October 15, 2021, by 4:00 PM
- Applicants Notified of Invitation to Submit Full Proposal: November 15 – November 19, 2021
- Release Full Proposal RFP: November 22, 2021
- Post-Solicitation Webinar: December 7, 2021
- Deadline to Submit Full Proposal: January 14, 2022
- Notice of Proposed Award: March 2022
- Board of Harbor Commissioners Approves Awards: March 2022
- Contracting Completed: April 2022
- Project Period Begins: April 2022
- Project Period Ends: April 2026
*These are anticipated dates and are subject to change.

Solicitations may require a two-step proposal process. In the first step, applicants would submit a concept paper describing their proposed project at a high level. Concepts that meet the eligibility requirements and are judged strongest by staff and the committee will be invited to submit a full proposal for consideration.

Grant funds are disbursed based on costs incurred or as reimbursements only. Awardees will be required to submit appropriate supporting documentation, including but not limited to purchase orders, paid invoices, photographs, and reports. Awardees must submit disbursement requests in a timely manner as required by their funding contract.

Multiple applications are allowed. You may submit one application per project and each project requires a separate application.

The Port held a pre-solicitation workshop on Aug. 26 and a recording can be found here:

Interactive Priority/Eligibility Zone Map:

Contact Information:

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

To submit concept paper:

Questions and answers will be posted to the website. In order to expedite assistance, inquiries can be directed to:
Jennifer Williams
Infrastructure Grant Program Manager

Clarification questions regarding the application form may be directed to or (562) 283-7133.

Port of Long Beach
415 W. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

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USA: California: Long Beach

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