For Immediate Release: 7/10/2020
California State Parks Accepting Applications for Round 4 of the Competitive Statewide Park Program
$395.3 Million Available to Create New Parks and Recreational Opportunities
California State Parks is now accepting applications for Round 4 of the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Grant Program funded by Proposition 68. A total of $395.3 million in competitive grant funding is available to cities, counties, nonprofit organizations, local districts and joint powers authorities to create new parks and recreational opportunities in underserved communities across California.
In 2018, the State of California invested in the largest grant funding for critically underserved communities with the passage of Proposition 68: California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access for All Act. Recognizing the need for underserved communities to have equitable access to outdoor recreation, the bond also provides funds for new parks, aging infrastructure, amenities and improvements to parks that will help attract new and diverse visitors.
To assist potential applicants for the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Grant Program, State Parks will be hosting 10 application workshop webinars from July 14 through Aug. 25. The workshops are highly interactive and participants are encouraged to ask questions. Preregistration is required. Information on how to participate in a webinar can be found online at www.parks.ca.gov/spp. An application guide, which provides instructions on how to prepare and submit applications, is also available on the website. The deadline for Round 4 of this funding is Dec. 14, 2020.
Earlier this year, State Parks announced the Round 3 award recipients of funding totaling $254.9 million. Some of the projects included the creation of new parks in Alameda and Los Angeles Counties, and improvements to a city park in Stockton.
Since 1964, more than 7,400 parks throughout California have been created or improved through grant programs administered by the Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS). The mission of OGALS is to address California’s diverse recreational, cultural and historical resource needs by developing grant programs, administering funds, offering technical assistance, building partnerships and providing leadership through quality customer service. For more information on Proposition 68 programs and other grant programs, visit www.parks.ca.gov/grants.
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