Proposals are being accepted for outside recreation matching grants

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The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is accepting preliminary applications for submission to the National Park Service Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP).

As part of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, ORLP provides matching grants for outdoor recreation projects in underserved urban areas.

ORLP is a 50-50 matching reimbursement program offering rewards ranging from $300,000 to $10 million.

Approximately $192 million in matching funding is available nationwide through this national competition. Recipients must be able to fund 100 percent of their projects while still requesting periodic reimbursements.

Eligible applicants include state political subdivisions such as cities, counties, and recreation authorities; government agencies and state-recognized Native American tribes.

The park project, unique to the ORLP program, must be located in or adjacent to an incorporated city or community with a population of at least 30,000 and be within a half-mile walk of an underserved target community with a high rate of poverty.

Eligible projects may include the acquisition, development, combination of acquisition and development, or rehabilitation of parks and other outdoor recreation areas.

DCR must submit projects selected under this call for proposals to NPS on behalf of the applicant.

Instructions and the DCR ORLP pre-application and reference materials are available at www.dcr.virginia.gov/recreational-planning/lwcf.

Pre-registrations must be emailed to DCR no later than 4pm on November 15th.

Questions directly related to the ORLP application process can be emailed to [email protected].