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Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP)

Grants to Georgia State and County Agencies
to Enhance Parks and Recreational Areas

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Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and National Park Service (NPS)

Deadline Date:

07/23/21 4:00 PM


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Grants to Georgia state agencies and county governments for projects that enhance and develop parks and recreational areas. Funding is intended to create or revitalize parks and other outdoor recreational spaces, with the goal of promoting economic development and encouraging people to connect or re-connect with the outdoors.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Serve communities that are underserved in terms of number of parks and other outdoor recreation areas and have a significant number of individuals who are economically disadvantaged;
  • Create short-term and or permanent jobs
  • Help stimulate economic development;
  • Engage and empower members of the affected community in the development of the project
  • Create or expand public-private partnerships
  • Benefit from a high degree of coordination among the public, multiple levels of government, and the private sector to improve recreation opportunities for all; and
  • Advance the goals of Georgia‚Äôs Statewide Comprehensive Recreation Plan (SCORP).

For the purposes of this competition, underserved communities are those with (1) no existing parks; (2) some existing parks but not enough to support the size of the population of the service area or otherwise able to satisfy existing recreational demand; or (3) some existing parks (potentially even an adequate number of parks) that are so deteriorated/obsolete or underdeveloped that a major redevelopment or rehabilitation is necessary to increase the number of people who could be served in a way that would be equivalent to a new park.

For information about evaluation criteria, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 189062

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can request between $300,000 and $5,000,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The project sponsor must represent a jurisdiction of at least 50,000 people AND be situated within or contiguous with the geographic boundary of one of the 497 urbanized areas delineated by the Census Bureau.

If the project sponsor is a state agency or county, the project must serve an eligible jurisdiction of 50,000 people that is within a designated urbanized area as described above.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted by DNR no later than Friday, July 23, 2021, at 4:00 pm.

The top two finalists for Georgia will be announced in August and the national selection will be announced by April 1, 2022.

Grants require a minimum of 1:1 match from state, local, non-governmental, or private sources in the form of cash or in-kind contributions. All matching funds must be sure or firmly committed at the time 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.

LaVern Turner, Grants Specialist

Antoinette Norfleet, Grants Manager

Taylor Brown, Grants Chief

Georgia Department of Natural Resources
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr, Suite 1252
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Phone: 404.463.8629

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia

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