Examples of typical projects that likely could be funded through this program include the following:
- Staff time to complete priority deferred maintenance projects.
- Deferred purchases of maintenance equipment and supplies.
- Upkeep and minor repairs of park infrastructure such as kiosks, picnic shelters, or trails.
Who May Apply?
- Cities, counties, and towns
- Park and recreation districts, port districts, and special facilities districts
- Native American tribes
- Eligible entities may partner with nonprofit organizations to use in these grants provided all work is performed on land owned by the eligible entity.
Eligible entities are not required to have an approved recreation, conservation, or open space plan on file with RCO in order to apply and receive funding for this grant.
The Legislature provides funding from general tax dollars: $2.5 million in Fiscal Year 2024 and $2.5 million in Fiscal Year 2025.
Minimum grant request: $35,000
Maximum grant request: $100,000
RCO will award grants between $35,000-$100,000 and will not consider requests outside this range. An organization may submit only one application and may receive no more than $100,000.
Once grant agreements are signed in 2023, successful applicants must spend all grant awarded funds by June 30, 2025. RCO will not allow time extensions.
Applicants are not required to provide matching resources.
Generally, funding is for deferred maintenance of local parks facilities and infrastructure. More information about specific eligible and ineligible project types and activities can be found in the grant manual.
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