Statewide Park Program (SPP) - Round Four:
$395.3 Million Available
December 14, 2020 Application Deadline for the $395.3 Million Statewide Park Program (SPP) Round 4
Applications must be submitted online by or before December 14, 2020. A link to the online application system will be posted here by August 2020. Once the link is posted, applicants can start uploading draft documents for technical review. Paper applications will no longer be accepted.
Application Workshop Webinars (July and August 2020)
Use the above RSVP link to register for a webinar. Microsoft Teams will be the webinar platform. The presentation will highlight lessons learned from Round 3. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions through the Microsoft Teams chat feature.
This competitive program will create new parks and new recreation opportunities in underserved communities across California. Assembly Bill 31, which created the SPP, was signed into law on September 30, 2008. SPP statute is found in Public Resources Code §§5640 through 5653. Funding for the grant program was first made available through the Proposition 84 (2006 Bond Act) Sustainable Communities and Climate Change Reduction chapter (Public Resources Code § 75065 (b) (1-5). Prop. 84 funded two rounds. Under the two Prop. 84 rounds, $2.9 billion was requested for $368 million in funding. Over one hundred new parks were created and twenty existing parks were improved throughout California.
Proposition 68 (2018 Bond Act) continues this program’s legacy.
On February 25, 2020 “Round Three” awards totaling $254.9 million were announced. An additional $395.3 million is available under Round 4.
Please see the Application Guide for more information.
Final Application Guide:
Application Guide (July 1, 2020)
Use this guide to plan and submit the grant application. The SPP Team is committed to give technical assistance. Contact information is below.
Administration Guide (May 2020)
The Administration Guide will be used for grant projects that are selected for funding when grant awards are announced. It includes a sample grant agreement, the payment process, and accounting/record keeping requirements.
- Best Practices
- Competitive Chart
- July 1, 2020 Updates (Questions and Answers)
- Community Based Planning COVID-19 Guidance
- Methods for Community Based Planning (Coming Soon)
- Community FactFinder
- Community FactFinder Handbook
- Video of Community FactFinder Tips
- Lease Agreements and Turnkey Projects
- Prop. 68 Corps Consultation Process Form
- Lessons Learned from Round 3
- Fillable Application Forms (including Outline for Project Selection Criteria Response)
SPP 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
Statewide Park Program (SPP) - Round 3: $254,942,000 awarded for 62 projects!
Round 3 Grant Announcement Update: 478 applications were received requesting $2.3 billion for the available $254.9 million in this round. The average grant request statewide was $4.8 million, and the average grant amount was $4.1 million.
To view the 62 grant projects:
Click "Photos of SPP Grant Projects". Use the "Filter by Prop. 68 SPP" to view the new list of 62 grant projects from this current round.