Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program

Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program

The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) is a federal National Park Service (NPS) grant program. ORLP involves two competitive layers. Applications are first competitively reviewed by California’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Applications selected by the state are then forwarded to National Park Service to compete in the nationwide competition.

On July 29, 2022, National Park Service released their Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Round 6. National Park Service established two application opportunities through Round 6, named Round 6A and 6B. States are required to conduct an internal competitive review process and select applications that best meet the ORLP intent, based on the federal guidelines, prior to submitting applications to National Park Service for the nationwide competition. As such, California has established two initial application deadlines: Round 6A – September 1, 2022, and Round 6B – December 15, 2022.

Program Intent: ORLP focuses on communities with little to no access to publicly available, close-by, outdoor recreation opportunities in urban areas. ORLP funds the acquisition or development of new parks, or substantially renovate parks in economically disadvantaged cities or towns of at least 30,000 people

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Projects must be located in urban cities and towns with at least 30,000 people. 
  • Projects must involve land acquisition or development for outdoor recreation.
  • Projects must be in a community with a poverty rate at least 20% or at least 10% greater than the city, county and state poverty rate. It must meet all three of those.
  • Project sites that have received LWCF funding and were closed out in the last 7 years are not eligible. Project sites that have one active ORLP grant are eligible to apply for one additional grant at that site.
  • At least 50% of the total project cost must come from an eligible match source. 
  • All non-federal (state, local, or private) sources.
  • The only federal sources that are eligible as match for this program are Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act funding, and Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program (REPI) funding.
  • For Round 6 A and B, ORLP requires applications that already have complete Section 106 and NEPA Environmental documents.

 

Eligible Applicants 

  • Cities
  • Counties
  • State agencies
  • 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.

 

Amount Available: Up to $192M is available for the national competition. Participating states are not guaranteed an award. The national review committee will award the most competitive applications received nationwide.

Maximum Grant Amount Request: $10 million.

Match Requirement: Up to 50% of the total project cost can be requested through ORLP - up to the maximum $10M grant amount allowed in grant funding for a total project cost of at least $20M. 

Technical Assistance Guidance - APPLICATION WEBINAR Recording

 

How to Apply: 

Preview Initial State Application Requirements

Preview Initial State Application Requirements. Then, fill out the application in Submittable using the link below.

Application Due Date:

  • Round 6A – September 1, 2022,
  • Round 6B – December 15, 2022.

submit

 

Timeline

For Round 6A: Application Due Date for application is September 1, 2022. California’s ORLP Team will conduct its internal competitive review process. Applications will be selected by October 2022.

  1. From October 2022 through January 2023, applicants with the most competitive applications will receive guidance from California’s ORLP Team in consultation with NPS on how to complete the full federal application,
  2. NPS requires that all states submit their selected applications for the national competition by NPS’ January 31, 2023 deadline.
  3. NPS review committee’s estimated award date is September 1, 2023.
  4. Applicant should plan to complete project by Spring 2026.

Applications submitted under Round 6A will only compete nationally against applications submitted under Round 6A. Applications eliminated in Round 6A due to technical issues may be resubmitted in Round 6B.

For Round 6B: Application Due Date is December 15, 2022. California’s ORLP Team will conduct its internal competitive review process. Applications will be selected by February 2023.

  1. From February 2023 through May 2023, applicants with the most competitive applications will receive guidance from California’s ORLP Team in consultation with NPS on how to complete the full federal application.
  2. NPS requires that all states submit their selected applications for the national competition by NPS’ May 31, 2023 deadline.
  3. NPS review committee’s estimated award date is January 1, 2024.
  4. Applicant should plan to complete project by Fall 2026.

 

 Applicants can email questions to Megan Harrison at Megan.Harrison@parks.ca.gov or Natalie Bee at Natalie.Bee@parks.ca.gov.