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.

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 tourists 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

The Application Guide and Project Selection Criteria section will further define project priorities. Projects located in an area with a median household income below $51,026 will have no match requirement. If above $51,026, the grant may fund up to 80% of the total project with at least 20% of the total project matched. The Community FactFinder at will be used to identify Median Household Income.

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.  The Draft Application Guide will be posted here for public review in Spring 2019.
  2.  Applications will not be due in 2019.  An application due date will be announced here after the Application Guide is finalized.
  3.  Application Workshops will be offered statewide when the Application Guide is finalized.