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Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program (SPP)

Grants to California Nonprofits and Agencies
for Projects that Revitalize Neighborhoods

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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:

Recreation Features

  • Acquisition of land:
    • Combined with development of a new recreation feature.
    • Already has a recreation feature for public use at close of escrow.
  • Aquatic center, swimming pool, splash pad, fishing pier or paddling launch site
  • Amphitheater/performing arts dance, music, and theater stage
  • Athletic fields (soccer regulation or “futbol-rapido”, baseball, softball, football, etc.)
  • Athletic courts (basketball, “futsal”, tennis, pickleball, etc.)
  • Community gardens, botanical or demonstration gardens, and orchards
  • Community/Recreation center (only if it will be in or adjacent to a park)
  • Dog park
  • Jogging and walking loop, par course, running track
  • Non-motorized trail, pedestrian/bicycle bridge, greenbelt/linear park
  • Outdoor gym exercise equipment (stations fixed into ground)
  • Open space and natural area for public recreation use
  • Picnic/Bar-B-Que areas
  • Playground and tot lot
  • Plaza, Zocalo, Gazebo
  • Public art (mosaic tiles, sculptures, murals)
  • Skate park, skating rink, and BMX or pump track (non-motorized bike tracks)
  • Lighting to allow for extended night time use of a recreation feature
  • Shade structure/covered park areas over a recreation feature to allow for extended day time use

Major Support Amenities

A project may also include major support amenities such as:

  • Restroom building, snack shack
  • Parking lot, staging area, pathway for access to a recreation feature
  • Landscaping or lighting that will be constructed throughout the park

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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191683

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Between $200,000 and $8,500,000

Term of Contract:

July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2025; Project completion is at least three months before the end of the grant performance period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Cities
- Counties
- Districts (as defined on page 71 of the application guide)
- Nonprofits with 501(c)3 status

For the application to be eligible, the community within proximity of the project site must meet one of the following conditions based on the Community FactFinder Report:

- Has a ratio of less than three acres of park space per 1,000 residents.
- Has a median household income lower than $56,982, (80% of the statewide average) which means it is a disadvantaged community as defined by subdivision (g) of §75005 of the Public Resources Code. See Project Selection Criteria 2(A).

Only one of the above conditions must be met for the application to be eligible. Both are not required.

Applications only for major support amenities are ineligible.

Examples of ineligible costs:
- Streets, traffic lights, or other infrastructure not located within the park/project site
- Costs incurred before or after the grant performance period
- Projects imposed on an applicant through legal mitigation
- Indirect costs: overhead business expenses of the grantee's fixed or ordinary operating costs (rent, mortgage payments, property taxes, utilities, office supplies)
- Food
- Grant Writing
- Operation and Maintenance, moveable equipment
- Record keeping discrepancies
- Charging employee services without documentation of actual time spent on the project
- Lack of source documents (no evidence of invoices, bid process, payment receipts, etc.)
- See Grant Administration Guide's “Accounting Requirements” for additional guidance.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted online by or before March 12, 2021.

July 1, 2020: Start of the Grant Performance Period
July - August 2020: Application Workshop Webinars - Technical Assistance by SPP Team
July - August 2020: Applicants consider potential project sites
July - February 2021: Community Based Planning for project concept design using COVID-19 guidance at
September 2020 - February 2021: Applicants complete project planning using Application Checklist (See Application Guide page 11)
March 12, 2021: Applications Due
Late Summer 2021: Grant Awards
March 2025: Project Completion
June 30, 2025: End of Grant Performance Period

Each park requires its own, separate application. Only one application, requesting up to $8.5 million, may be submitted for the same park in the same round.

An applicant may submit multiple applications for different parks. An applicant can potentially receive multiple grant awards that total more than $8.5 million in the same round. There is no cap to the amount of grants an applicant may receive per round.

To avoid delays in the competitive review process, please complete the FactFinder Handbook steps at least one month before the application is submitted.

Video Tour of Online Application System:

Community FactFinder Tool:

Video of Community FactFinder Tips:

Prop. 68 Corps Consultation Process Form:

SPP Fillable Application Forms:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

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
(916) 653-7423

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