Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program

Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program – Round 5

Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program was established by Congress in 2014 and is administered by the National Park Service (NPS) under the authority of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act.  The nationwide ORLP program funding is for urban areas (jurisdictions of at least 50,000 people).  Priority is given to projects located in economically disadvantaged areas that lack outdoor recreation opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Application Due Date: June 18, 2021 by 5:00 pm via email to OGALS@parks.ca.gov

Amount of Funding Available: $150,000,000 Nationwide.  With a maximum of $5 million per grant, at least 30 projects can be funded nationwide.  It is unknown how many applications will be submitted between all 50 states.

Minimum Grant Amount: $300,000

Maximum Grant Amount: $5,000,000

Match Requirement: 1:1 minimum

The grant can fund up to, but not more than, 50% of the total project cost.

Eligible Project Types

  • The ORLP program can fund acquisition and/or development projects. 
  • Preference is given to projects that will acquire and/or develop land to create a new park in 2010 Census-delineated urbanized areas.  Further, the program targets projects located in or directly accessible to neighborhoods or communities that are underserved in terms of parks and recreation resources and its population is economically disadvantaged.


Eligible Applicants 

  • Cities
  • Counties
  • Federally recognized Native American Tribes
  • Joint Powers Authorities where all members are otherwise eligible under the LWCF
  • Park districts, and special districts with authority to acquire, operate and maintain public park and recreation areas. 


How to Apply:

See OGALS' Technical Assistance for the 2021 ORLP Cycle (Round 5) that outlines the application checklist items for local applicants within the Federal Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO P21AS00509).


ORLP 2021 Timeline and Next Steps:

  • May 10: NPS released the NOFO
  • May 13: OGALS notified all agencies statewide of NPS’ announcement.
  • June 18: Applications must be emailed to OGALS@parks.ca.gov by or before 5 pm on June 18.
  • June 21 – July 30: OGALS reviews statewide applications
  • August – September 24: NPS’ regional contact screens applications before approving OGALS to enter the applications into Grants.gov system by the federal September 24, 2021 deadline.
  • April 2022: A National Review Committee will review all competitive applications from all states. NPS estimates applications will be selected by April 2022.
  • Project Start Date: Please note that Section 106 and NEPA must be approved by NPS before the project’s acquisition or development can begin. Section 106 and NEPA will be required after applications are selected by the National Review Committee. The ORLP NOFO (pages 5 – 6) mentions that “for the purposes of the competition, sponsors (applicants) should use a grant start date of October 1, 2022.”