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Consumer Price Index Update Policy

On September 3, 2019, based on the Consumer Price Index Update Policy, the tax rate for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019/2020 and FY 2020/2021 increased to a rate of 1.6 cents per square foot of structural improvements*.

This means that the average homeowner with a 1,500 square foot house would pay approximately $24.00 a year for “RPOSD Measure A” within their annual property tax bill.

Please review the corresponding Board Memo and Section 1.1 of the Grants Administration Manual for additional information. To view the amount of your upcoming tax investments for parks and open space in Los Angeles County, input the square footage of the developments on your property into our Assessment Calculator.

 

*In prior years, (from 2017 through June 2019) the assessment rate was at 1.5 cents per square foot of structural improvements.

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Competitive Grant Programs

The guidelines for the Recreation Access Competitive Grant Program and Youth & Veteran Job Training and Placement Program are available now. The application period opens September 9, 2019 and workshops will run from September 2019 through January 2020.

The mandatory workshops are designed to guide applicants through the competitive grants process. While only one representative is required to attend, we recommend sending multiple representatives to at least one workshop. The application cycle for these two programs will close in February 2020 so ensure you attend one as soon as possible!

The Regional Recreation Facilities, Multi-Use Trails and Accessibility and the Natural Lands, Local Beaches, Local Water Conservation and Protection competitive grants programs will be available in Years 2020-2021.

For more information and the guidelines for the two available Competitive Grant programs, click here.

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Competitive Grant Programs Coming Soon!

Two of the Competitive Grant Programs introduced by Measure A are coming soon! The application period for Recreation Access and Youth & Veteran’s Job Training and Placement can be expected to start September 2019 and workshops will run from September to January of next year to guide you through the process. Be sure to attend at least one  – and the sooner the better as the application cycle for these two programs will close in February 2020! See the flyer below for more details. Also included below is another flyer with the Year 2020-2021 schedule, during which two other competitive programs will be introduced.

For more information regarding Competitive Grant programs in general, click here.

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Now Hiring: RPOSD is seeking a Grants Officer!

Do you have experience working with grant programs and funding? Are you passionate about improving your community? Are you detail orientated, a phenomenal teammate, love collaborating with others, and building relationships? Do you love acting as a liaison between other agencies? Are you analytical and love thinking outside of the box to find solutions? Then you should consider applying to join our team as a Grants Officer!

At RPOSD, Grants Officers:

  • Administers and disburses grant funds contingent on application approval, eligibility, and compliance with grant program requirements.
  • Maintains a liaison relationship with various agencies and organizations, including County departments, local, state and federal agencies, community agencies, and other concerned parties, both public and private.
  • Perform regular project site inspections before, during and after completion to ensure that the works progress as intended and in compliance with the grant agreement’s scope of work.
  • Coordinate the execution of project agreements between RPOSD and the applicant/grantee and ensure that programs are successfully implemented.
  • Review and approve applications for grant funding including project eligibility, feasibility, completeness, timeliness, budgeting and any necessary project agreement special provisions.
  • Represent RPOSD at meetings and ceremonies with other departments or agencies, as assigned by the Grants Section Assistant Manager, Grants Section Manager or District Administrator.
  • Ensure that grantees are aware of and in compliance with RPOSD’s policies, grant agreements and Grants Administration Manuals.
  • Work with grantees to develop, review and guide plans and projects to completion.
  • Facilitate and function as a subject matter expert at workshops held by RPOSD for its various grant programs.

Click here for a PDF copy of the job bulletin for this role. Those interested in this position are highly recommended to review this document thoroughly. Please note that the employment for this role is facilitated by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation under the promotional title of Program Manager I (Grants Administrator).

DEADLINE: June 13, 2019

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY:

  1. Go to https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty and create an account.
  2. Type “Program Manager I (Grants Administrator)” or “D0977J” on the Search Bar.
  3. Open the job listing by clicking on the title.
  4. Click the green “APPLY” button.
  5. Proceed to fill out the forms and answer all the questions online!
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Maintenance & Servicing for Measure A – Now Available!

We are excited to announce that Maintenance & Servicing (M&S) Applications are now available in the Grants Management System (GMS)!

M&S funds can be used only to maintain and service, including resource protection activities, for capital projects funded by RPOSD and are administered separately from RPOSD’s grant program. *Recipients must use M&S funds from Proposition A before using M&S funds from Measure A.

Important notes:

I. If eligible, your agency or organization will be able to view the following Measure A funding opportunities currently open for application:

  • Annual Allocation Funding – Acquisition v19
  • Annual Allocation Funding – Development v19
  • Maintenance and Servicing v19

However, agencies who are eligible for M&S but don’t currently meet the requirements* will no longer see the relevant funding opportunity listed starting July 1. Please take this opportunity to preview the application and program details. You may also consult with your Grants Officer to check your eligibility.

II. We will only be accepting payment requests during the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year if they are completed and submitted by 5:00 pm on June 13th, 2019.  The RPOSD Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Payment Request Blackout Period is from June 15 to July 15.

For technical assistance, resources are available under the ‘Manage Your Measure A Grant’.

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Now Accepting Annual Allocation Grant Applications!

Since Measure A was approved by voters in November 2016, RPOSD has diligently worked with park agencies, community organization, industry experts, and the general public to gain insight and recommendation for its effective implementation. By now, you have already registered on our Grants Management System (GMS) and attended the mandatory Annual Allocation Workshop as a potential grantee.

So, what’s next?

Well, we are now excited to announce you can finally apply for grants under the Annual Allocation Grant Programs on GMS!

Log into your GMS account to apply:

If eligible*, your agency or organization will be able to view the following funding opportunities currently open for application:

  • Annual Allocation Funding – Acquisition v19
  • Annual Allocation Funding – Development v19

Review each funding opportunity to learn more about program details and eligibility, then start applying!

*All agencies and organization interested in learning more about the Annual Allocation Grant Program can read more about it on our Measure A Grants Administration Manual. As this is only one of the various grant programs under Measure A, get ready for more funding opportunities to start opening up in the future!

RPOSD is excited to receive your application and assist you on the next steps to get Measure A funds rolling to park projects and open space initiatives across our county. Relevant technical assistance resources have been created and can be accessed via the Manage Your Measure A Grant page under ‘Grants’ tab on the menu bar.

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Litigation Against Measure A Ends in RPOSD’s Favor

The litigation against Measure A that was filed early 2017 has now concluded in RPOSD’s favor. We Will continue our current progress in the release of Measure A funds for Annual Allocation Grant Programs, which includes the Community-based Park Investment Program and the Neighborhood Parks, Healthy Communities, &Urban Greening Program. These grants will be available soon, so keep an eye out for the upcoming application workshops announcements!

RPOSD will seek direction from the Board of Supervisors, acting in their capacity as RPOSD’s governing body, on when to move forward with the Competitive Grant Programs.   

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Measure A Registration Webinar Now Available

You can now watch RPOSD’s Measure A Registration Webinar here. Please remember it is mandatory for a grantee to either attend or watch the workshop prior to registering into our Grants Management System. For more information and resources regarding this new process, please refer to the “Manage Your Measure A Grants” page on our website.

For your convenience, you can print out your own copies of the slides here.

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Annual Audit Statements Now Available

RPOSD’s independently audited financial statements for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018 is now posted under our Guides and Report section and available to all as a reference.

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Draft for Measure A Grants Administration Manual Available

Measure A’s Grants Administration Manual, the final document outlining grant guidelines and policies, will recommended for approval by the Board of Supervisors, acting in their capacity as RPOSD’s governing body, on January 29, 2018. The manual is reflective of the work the Measure A Steering Committee and echoes the goals and visions outlined in Measure A as well as the Proceedings of the Steering Committees. The draft, among other documents created in the Measure A implementation process, is posted in the ‘Measure A Implementation‘ section under the ‘Funding’ tab located on this website’s menu bar.

 

 

 

 

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