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Eligible community outdoor athletic facilities should attract and accommodate practice, training, or competition using a participant’s physical skills or capabilities. Such athletic activities should be the primary focus of the facility rather than leisure activities. Specific policies for eligible elements, costs and activities are in development; however, examples of typical projects that likely could be funded through this program include the following outdoor facilities:
- Rectangular fields for soccer, football, lacrosse, etc.
- Fields for baseball, softball, cricket, etc.
- Tracks and courses
- Skateparks, BMX, and mountain bike parks
- Paddling facilities, rock climbing
- Ice and roller hockey
- Swimming pools
- Acquisition of land for such facilities
Who May Apply?
- Any local government or district that is authorized to manage community athletic facilities
- 501c nonprofit organizations
- Native American tribes
Eligible applicants are not required to have an approved recreation, conservation, or open space plan on file with RCO to apply.
The Legislature provided $12.6 million in initial funding with a commitment of another $12.6 million in 2025.
A maximum grant award of $1.2 million is proposed.
Applicants are not required to provide matching resources.
- Acquisition of land
- Development of athletic facilities
- Renovation and expansion of athletic facilities
RCO would like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of the advisory committee and technical work group members who helped develop the policy and make this grant possible.
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