Oregon Parks & Recreation Department
Mark Cowan, Grant Program Coordinator
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Local Government Grants
725 Summer St. NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301
- Recreation, Sports, Youth Sports
- Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Maximum Grant Amount
The Oregon Parks & Recreation Department is accepting applications to the Local Government Grant Program - Large Grants
Eligible projects involve land acquisition, development, and major rehabilitation projects that are consistent with the outdoor recreation goals and objectives contained in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).
- Acquisition – Acquiring land for public outdoor recreation areas, including new or additions to existing parks, wildlife areas, and open spaces.
- Development – Developing basic outdoor recreation facilities including sports and play fields, picnic facilities, camping facilities or interpretive facilities. Other potential projects include roads, parking areas, and restroom buildings.
- Rehabilitation – Repairing, restoring, or reconstructing on normal wear and tear of facilities. Rehabilitating projects are also those that help meet the access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Planning and Feasibility Studies - Preliminary studies undertaken to determine and document a project's viability such as a city developing a plan as to where future parks will be located. The results are used to make decisions whether to proceed with the project, its public need and benefit, how many, locations, activities and likely users, etc. It is an analysis of possible alternative solutions and a recommendation on the best alternative. The above definition's intent is to provide help for communities who do not have a park master plan in place or whose plan or studies are significantly outdated.
The eligible match by the Project Sponsor may include local budgeted funds, local agency labor or equipment, federal revenue sharing, other eligible grants, state and county inmate labor, donated funds, the value of private donated property, equipment, materials, labor, the value of land acquired within the past six year period, cost of appraisals, pre-development costs within the past two year period (cannot exceed 15% of total project costs), or any combination thereof. The Local Government Grant Program provides for:
- At least 50% match required for: Cities and Districts over 25,000 population. Counties over 50,000 population.
- At least 40% match required for: Cities and Districts with a population between 5,000 - 25,000. Counties with a population between 30,000 - 50,000.
- At least 20% match required for: Cities and Districts under 5,000 population. Counties under 30,000 population.
Large Grant Requests - Other than for land acquisitions, projects with a maximum $750,000 grant request. A Project Sponsor may request up to $1,000,000 for land acquisition projects.
Local government agencies who are obligated by state law to provide public recreation facilities are eligible for Local Government Grants. This includes:
- Cities (municipal corporations)
- Counties (political subdivisions)
- Metropolitan Service Districts
- Park and Recreation Districts
- Port Districts
Grant information was last reviewed by our staff on 2/20/2020
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