COSA Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting applications for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP) Grant Opportunity

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting applications for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP) Grant Opportunity, a program offered through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Here is the press release with further information on this opportunity. The State of Colorado is allowed to submit four grant proposals to compete on a national level against other states. The National Park Service will then review and select the final projects for funding.

The goal of ORLP is to support the acquisition and/or development of parks and other outdoor recreation spaces in urbanized communities that are underserved in terms of recreation resources and where there are significant populations of people who are economically disadvantaged. The minimum grant award is $300,000 and maximum grant award is $1,000,000. The matching fund requirement is a minimum 1:1 ratio with non-Federal funds derived from state, local, non-governmental or private sources in the form of cash or in-kind contributions.

Your location must be identified as an urbanized area (having a population of 50,000 or more with high density) in the 2010 Census. Qualified Colorado cities/jurisdictions include Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Greely, Grand Junction, Lafayette, Louisville, Erie, Longmont and Pueblo.

The National Park Service will prioritize the selection of projects that will:

· Directly connect people to outdoor places, create short-term and/or permanent jobs.

· Help stimulate local economic development.

· Engage and empower members of the affected community in the development of the project.

· Create or expand public-private partnerships, particularly to provide for the leveraging of resources, and rely on a high degree of coordination among the public, multiple levels of government, and the private sector, to improve recreation opportunities for all.

· Advance goals of priority recreation needs identified in their state’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

Applications are available here. To be eligible, proposals must be submitted to Colorado Parks and Wildlife for review no later than April 27, 2020. CPW will then submit up to four proposals on behalf of Colorado to the National Park Service by early July 2020.

In addition to the ORLP grant opportunity, fletcher.jacobs or (303) 791-1957 ext. 4129 with any questions or to determine which grant opportunity is the best fit for your proposal.

Thank you,

Fletcher Jacobs

State Trails Program Manager

P 303.791.1957 ext. 4129 | C 720.537.8894

13787 South Hwy 85, Littleton, CO 80125

fletcher.jacobs | cpw.state.co.us