*NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS* Statewide Park Program (SPP) (Proposition 68) – California Department of Parks and Recreation
Who is Eligible

Cities, counties, special districts, JPAs, and nonprofits. Applicants are able to submit multiple applications for different parks and there is no cap on the number of applications that can be submitted by the same entity.

What it Funds

Development and/or acquisition to create a new park, expand an existing park, or renovate an existing park. Projects must create or renovate at least one recreation feature.

When to Apply

Applications for the current funding round (Round 4) are due December 14, 2020

Available Funds

$395 million is available for Round 4 (2020). Grants range from $200,000 to $8.5 million. Prop. 68 will fund a total of $650,275,000 through multiple funding rounds.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

62 out of 478 proposals funded (2019).

*NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS* Per Capita Program (Proposition 68) – California Department of Parks and Recreation
Who is Eligible

Local Governments

What it Funds

Local park rehabilitation, creation, and improvements.

When to Apply

Applications are currently being accepted, with a deadline of December 31, 2021.

Available Funds

$185 million. 40% of funds are allocated to counties and regional park and/or open space districts with a minimum funding request of $400,000. 60% of funds are allocated to cities and districts (other than parks and/or open space districts) with a minimum funding request of $200,000 (2020).

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply

To be determined

Competitiveness
To be determined
*NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS* Urban County Per Capita Program (Proposition 68) – California Department of Parks and Recreation
Who is Eligible

Cities and districts in urbanized counties (a county with a population of 500,000 or more) providing park and recreation services within jurisdictions of 200,000 or less in population.

What it Funds

Local park rehabilitation, creation, and improvements.

When to Apply

Applications are currently being accepted, with a deadline of December 31, 2021.

Available Funds

$13.875 million (2020).

Award Size

To be determined

Level of Effort to Apply

To be determined

Competitiveness
To be determined
*Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis* Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program – U.S. Department of Agriculture
Who is Eligible

Public bodies, community-based nonprofits, and federally recognized Native American tribes.

What it Funds

To purchase, construct, and/or improve community gardens or greenhouses.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Available Funds

Approximately $2.8 Billion nationwide in direct loans and $35.7 Million nationwide in grants (2018).

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

20 out of 93 proposals funded (2014).

*Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis* Infrastructure State Revolving Fund (ISRF) Program – California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank
Who is Eligible

Cities, counties, special districts, assessment districts, JPAs, and nonprofits.

What it Funds

Local streets, highways, drainage, water, sewer, waste, transit, parks, and other public utilities and facilities.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. The ISRF Board considers applications at monthly meetings.

Available Funds

$50,000 -$25 million loans, with terms for the useful life of the project up to a maximum of 30 years.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

This funding program provides loans to qualified applicants on a non-competitive basis.

California River Parkways Grant Program – California Natural Resources Agency
Who is Eligible

Public agencies and nonprofits.

What it Funds

River parkway projects, including, but not limited to trails for walking and bicycling or other non-motorized recreational activities, picnic areas, biological restoration, restoring natural floodplains and wetlands.

When to Apply

Concept proposals for the most recent funding cycle closed in September 2018.

Available Funds

Approximately $7 million (2018).

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

23 out of 52 proposals funded (2015/2016).

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Grant Program – California Natural Resources Agency
Who is Eligible

State, local, and federal government entitities, and nonprofits.

What it Funds

Urban forestry projects that offset greenhouse gas emissions, acquisition or enhancement of lands near right-of-way acquired for transportation improvements, and other mitigation projects.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on an annual basis, typically from April to June. The most recent application period closed in early 2019.

Available Funds

$6.7 million, with a maximum grant award of $1 million for acquisitions and $500,000 for development projects (2018).

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

15 out of 44 proposals funded (2017).

Infill Infrastructure Grant Program for Large Jurisdictions – California Department of Housing and Community Development
Who is Eligible

Cities and/or counties of over 250,000 that have jurisdiction over a Qualifying Infill Area. Nonprofit or a for-profit developer of a Qualifying Infill Project applying jointly with a city and/or county that has jurisdiction over a Qualifying Infill Project.

What it Funds

Construction of new infill development and rehabilitation of infrastructure that supports higher-density affordable and mixed-income housing including but not limited to active transportation, parks and open space, stormwater, street repair, transit, and water-related improvements.

When to Apply

The most recent application cycle closed in March 2020. The next round of funding is expected to be announced in November 2020.

Available Funds

$194 million available for Round 6 (2020). For Qualifying Infill Projects, the minimum grant award is $1 million ($500,000 for rural areas) with a maximum of $7.5 million. For Qualifying Infill Areas with over 200 units, the minimum grant award is $2 million ($1 million for rural areas). Only one application for each Capital Improvement Project will be funded per funding round.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

40 proposals funded in Round 6 (FY 2019/2020)

Infill Infrastructure Grant Program for Small Jurisdictions – California Department of Housing and Community Development
Who is Eligible

Cities and/or counties of under 250,000 that have jurisdiction over a Qualifying Infill Area. Nonprofit or a for-profit developer of a Qualifying Infill Project applying jointly with a city and/or county that has jurisdiction over a Qualifying Infill Project.

What it Funds

Construction of new infill development and rehabilitation of infrastructure that supports higher-density affordable and mixed-income housing including but not limited to active transportation, parks and open space, stormwater, street repair, transit, and water-related improvements.

When to Apply

Applications were accepted on an over-the-counter basis as of March 2020, however, all funds have been exhausted.

Available Funds

$85 million available for Round 6 (2020). For Qualifying Infill Projects, the minimum grant award is $1 million ($500,000 for rural areas) with a maximum of $7.5 million. For Qualifying Infill Areas with over 200 units, the minimum grant award is $2 million ($1 million for rural areas). Only one application for each Capital Improvement Project will be funded per funding round.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

21 proposals funded in Round 6 (FY 2019/2020)

Land and Water Conservation Fund – California Department of Parks and Recreation
Who is Eligible

Cities, counties, Federally-recognized Native American tribes, JPAs, non-state agency recreation and park districts.

What it Funds

New and/or expanded parks and buffers, wildlife corridors, and recreational/active transportation trails that serves as a connector between essential community locations and residences.

When to Apply

The most recent application cycle closed in February 2020.

Available Funds

$5 million/annually (2018).

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

9 out of 65 proposals funded (2018)

Outdoor Recreation Partnership National Competitive Grant Program – California Department of Parks and Recreation
Who is Eligible

Only state agencies are eligible grant recipients, although sub-recipients may include other state agencies, cities, counties, districts, and Federally-recognized Native American tribes.

What it Funds

Acquisition or development of land for new outdoor recreation opportunities.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on an annual basis. Eligible applicants submit proposals to the California Department of Parks and Recreation for consideration. A maximum of 3 projects per state may be selected for awards. The most recent application cycle closed in July 2018.

Available Funds

$2.25 million (2018).

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

2 out of 7 projects were recommended by the State of California to receive funding in the National program (2016).

Recreational Infrastructure Revenue Enhancement Grant Program (Proposition 68) – California Department of Parks and Recreation
Who is Eligible

Local agencies in which the jurisdiction they serve approved revenue enhancement measures between November 1, 2012 through November 30, 2018.

What it Funds

Improving and enhancing local or regional park infrastructure.

When to Apply

The rollout for this program has been temporarily suspended.

Available Funds

$37 million total. Grants will be awarded proportionally based on populations served, and a grant recipient shall receive at least $250,000 for the purposes of the revenue enhancement measure.

Award Size

To be determined

Level of Effort to Apply

To be determined

Competitiveness
To be determined
Regional Park Program (Proposition 68) – California Department of Parks and Recreation
Who is Eligible

Counties, regional park districts, special districts, joint powers authorities, and nonprofits.

What it Funds

Acquisition for new or enhanced public access and use. Development to create or renovate multiuse trails, regional sports complexes, visitor and other support facilities.

When to Apply

To be announced following adoption program guidelines. It is anticipated that the application period will open no sooner than 2021.

Available Funds

Upon appropriation by the California State Legislature, it is anticipated that $23,125,000 will be available for competitive grants. The minimum grant award is $200,000, with a maximum award of $3 million.

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply

To be determined

Competitiveness
To be determined
Rural Recreation and Tourism Program (Proposition 68) – California Department of Parks and Recreation
Who is Eligible

Cities, counties, and special districts in nonurbanized areas.

What it Funds

Acquisition and development of new recreational opportunities and facilities in nonurbanized counties with populations of less than 500,000 people and low population densities per square mile.

When to Apply

An application due date will be announced when the application guide is finalized, which is anticipated in the Summer or Fall of 2020. The application due date will not occur before Summer 2021.

Available Funds

Upon appropriation by the California State Legislature, it is anticipated that $23,125,000 will be available for competitive grants. Grant amounts will range from $200,000 – $3,000,000.

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply

To be determined

Competitiveness
To be determined
Urban and Community Forestry California Climate Investment Grants – California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Who is Eligible

Cities, counties, qualifying districts (e.g., schools, parks, recreation, and water districts), and nonprofits (nonprofits may not be the primary applicant for Urban Forest Management activities).

What it Funds

Urban forest expansion, improvement, management, and urban wood and biomass projects.

When to Apply

Call for concept proposals are typically announced every year in the fall. Proposals were due for the most recent funding cycle in November 2019.

Available Funds

$18 million (2019/2020)

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

22 out of 32 proposals funded (2019/2020)

Urban Greening Grant Program – California Natural Resources Agency
Who is Eligible

Cities, counties, special districts, JPAs, nonprofits.

What it Funds

Projects that convert built environments into green space that use natural and green infrastructure approaches to create sustainable and vibrant communities. Projects must result in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions.

When to Apply

The most recent round of funding (Round 4) closed July 15, 2020.

Available Funds

$28.5 million is available for the current funding round (Round 4).

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

11 proposals funded (2019)

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