Rural Recreation and Tourism Program

Rural Recreation and Tourism Program

This is a Proposition 68 (2018 Bond Act) program found in Public Resources Code § 80090(a)-(b).

Competitive grants will create new recreation opportunities in support of economic and health-related goals in rural communities.

Projects must be located in nonurbanized counties with populations of less than 500,000 people and low population densities per square mile, as determined by the Department.

Third Comment Period:  This third comment period is open until September 10, 2020, and is limited to the two proposed changes shown here:  (Third Comment Period)
Comments on these two proposed changes may be emailed by September 10, 2020 to Program Supervisor Richard Rendon at:

First Comment Period ended November 29, 2019

September 1, 2019 started the public review period of the draft guidelines.  This first review and comment period of the draft guidelines remained open from September 1, 2019 through November 29, 2019.

Second Comment Period ended July 7, 2020

June 22, 2020 started the second pubic review period of the revised draft guidelines based on feedback from the first comment period.  The second review and comment period of the draft guidelines remained open from June 22, 2020 through July 7, 2020.

The final application guide will be posted here by November 2020.  The application due date will not occur before Summer 2021.

Public Hearings

Public hearings included a section by section discussion of the draft Application Guide.  Participants shared their comments about the draft Application Guide at the public hearings.

Weed (Siskiyou County)
Tuesday, October 8 / 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Recreation Room
161 E. Lincoln Avenue
Weed, CA  96094

Sonora (Tuolumne County)
Tuesday, October 15 / 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
City Council Chambers (2nd Floor)
94 North Washington Street
Sonora, CA  95370

Paso Robles (San Luis Obispo County)
Wednesday, October 16 / 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Centennial Park (Live Oak Room)
600 Nickerson Drive
Paso Robles, CA  93446

El Centro (Imperial County)
Wednesday, October 23 / 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Old Post Office
230 S. 5th Street
El Centro, CA  92243


Eligible Projects and Priorities
Acquisition and development, or development of land to:

(1) Create new recreational opportunities in rural communities that have a lack of outdoor recreation infrastructure.  Projects that support both economic and health-related goals for residential recreation and will attract out-of-town visitors will be given priority.

(2) New opportunities are the creation of facilities that currently do not exist, and may include but are not limited to:

  • Accessible trails and bikeways for wildlife viewing or other significant draws
  • Sports complexes that host travel ball tournaments and leagues
  • Visitor centers that interpret a significant historic or natural resource
  • Amphitheaters that support performing arts and other cultural recreation attractions
  • Campgrounds
  • Access to waterways
  • Aquatic centers

Eligible Applicants
Cities, Counties, and eligible Districts in nonurbanized areas.

Amount Available
$23,125,000 upon appropriation by the legislature.  Funding is currently not available.

Next Steps

  1. Applications will not be due in 2020.  An application due date will be announced here after the Application Guide is finalized.
  2. It is anticipated that the application period will start no sooner than 2021.  Application Workshops will be offered approximately five months before applications are due.  Applicants will be given at least five months to prepare applications from the date the application period is announced.

Technical Assistance Contacts
For technical assistance, applicants are encouraged to send questions to the “Competitive Grant Application/Pre-Award” Project Officer based on the county where the project is located.  Please use this link:  List of Competitive Application Project Officers by County