California Department of Parks and Recreation
Grants to California nonprofit organizations and government entities for projects that revitalize neighborhoods. Funding is intended to provide critically underserved communities across the state with new recreation opportunities. The primary focus of each project must include development or both development and acquisition to create new parks, expand existing parks, or improve existing parks.
Parks are unique places where children can play, families and friends bond, people exercise, seniors socialize, youth are mentored, cultures are celebrated, and everyone connects with nature. For these reasons and more, vibrant parks funded by this program will create humane and healthier communities. Building successful parks in underserved communities is “a work of art.” SPP embraces meaningful engagement with local residents where park designs represent each community’s unique recreation needs and creativity.
All projects must create or renovate at least one recreation feature. Examples of recreation features include but are not limited to the following:
Major Support Amenities
A project may also include major support amenities such as:
Applications where the majority of the total project cost is for a major support amenity will be less competitive. Projects should create a new recreation opportunity(s) as the primary goal.
Parks designed with community residents' ideas through community-based planning and partnerships with health organizations are encouraged.
For information on community-based planning, see here:
For information on eligible costs, see here:
Applicants who receive a grant award will attend a mandatory grant administration workshop.
Projects that will meet multiple needs of youth, seniors, and families will be more competitive than ones that provide a single use for a more limited group.
GrantWatch ID#: 191683
Between $200,000 and $8,500,000
July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2025; Project completion is at least three months before the end of the grant performance period.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://ogals.submittable.com/submit
Please contact your designated Competitive Project Officer with any questions after the webinar. For a list of Competitive Project Officers, please click the link:
Calif. Dept. of Parks and Recreation
Office of Grants and Local Services
1416 Ninth Street, Room 918
Sacramento, CA 95814
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