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Funding Opportunity: DOI NPS Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program
The NPS State and Local Assistance Division announces the availability of $40 million mainly appropriated in fiscal 2018 and 2019 for Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance grants for a nationally competitive grant program. Eligible U.S. state and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribes are invited to submit proposals for matching grants to support projects that would acquire or develop public land for outdoor recreation purposes located within or serving Census-delineated “urbanized areas”: places with a population of 50,000 or more people that are densely settled.
Program Background and Objectives
This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is to advise states, local units of government, and federally-recognized Indian Tribes of the availability of funds for grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s (LWCF) Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program. The purpose of the LWCF ORLP is to provide grants to acquire and/or develop public lands for outdoor recreation purposes consistent with the purposes of the LWCF, but with the further specific goals of funding projects that:
- Are located within or serve jurisdictions of 50,000 people or more and designated as “Urbanized Areas” by the Census Bureau from the 2010 Census
- Are located in or are directly accessible to neighborhoods or communities that are underserved* in terms of parks and recreation resources and where there are significant populations of people who are economically disadvantaged.
* 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 would significantly increase the number of people who could be served and/or significantly increase the types of recreational opportunities that would be provided (in a way that could be equated to the impact of a new park).