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Update on Evaluations for Competitive Grant Programs

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, grant award decisions for Recreation Access and Youth & Veteran Job Training and Placement Competitive Grant Programs have been delayed. RPOSD has begun work to identify evaluators and is proceeding with the next steps in the competitive process. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.
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Technical Assistance Program Update

To best summarize our current progress in developing the Technical Assistance Program (TAP), we present the following timeline:

  • May-September 2019

    TAP Grants awarded to 5 grantees using a non-competitive solicitation process:
    Date of Award Recipient RPOSD Description
    May 20, 2019 Community Nature Connection (CNC) Urban Parks TAP
    June 4, 2019 Nature For All – Community Partners (NFA) Community Based Building and Leadership Development Program
    July 16, 2019 GreenInfo Network (GIN) Ongoing Parks Data Portal
    August 28, 2019 Regents of the University of California – Luskin Center for Innovation (UCLA) Park Narrative and Performance Metrics Measure A Urban Parks TAP
    September 30, 2019 Council for Watershed Health (CWH) Enhanced Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, Water Efficiency, Storm Water Management, and Climate Resiliency

  • January 13, 2020

    RPOSD issued Stop Notices to the 5 TAP grantees, directing grantees to stop all work on TAP grants.

     

  • February 2020

    Los Angeles County Auditor/Controller initiates review and audit of TAP process.  Auditor Controller’s review and audit are ongoing, however, it is anticipated that findings will include recommendations for best practices and corrective actions.
  • February 18, 2020

    Christina Angeles is named Acting District Administrator.  She is the Principal County Counsel assigned to the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, and former counsel to RPOSD.
  • March 25, 2020

    Termination Notices sent to 5 TAP grantees;

    RPOSD requests all work product and deliverables created prior to issuance of Stop Notices be transmitted to RPOSD;

    TAP grantees that received cash advances – Community Nature Connection, UCLA Luskin Center, Nature For All – are given 30 days to reimburse RPOSD.

Currently

RPOSD is reviewing all final invoices from 5 TAP grantees to determine allowable costs.

Following processing of final invoices, all TAP grants will be closed out.*

*Note, at the time of termination, GreenInfo Network had completed approximately 80% of a data portal.  Given the ongoing need for the data portal, RPOSD is exploring legally permissible options to contract for the completion of the portal.

Future Plans

RPOSD is reaching out to stakeholders who previously offered to share their expertise in the area of technical assistance.

To inform TAP development, RPOSD will survey identified Very High Need or High Need entities on their specific needs.

Possible Format

RPOSD is considering a Master Agreement format by which qualified consultants/entities that meet the specific requirements for a given technical assistance area would qualify for an agreement with RPOSD.

RPOSD would then match consultants/entities that qualify for a Master Agreement with Very High Need or High Need entities, depending on specific needs.

Target Date

Given COVID-19 related delays, RPOSD is targeting Fall 2020 for the rollout of TAP.

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Office Temporarily Closed to Public Visitors

All Los Angeles County buildings, including RPOSD’s office, have been temporarily closed to public visitors, in effort help mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). However, we will still be operating regular business hours. The Citizens Oversight Advisory Board meeting scheduled for March 25 has been postponed until further notice. Please look out for future announcements on changes or more information on email blasts and on our website. If you have questions or concerns, we can be reached at (626) 588-5060 or info@rposd.lacounty.gov during business hours of Monday – Thursday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.

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District Annual Report Now Available

On January 8, 2020, the first Citizens Oversight Advisory Board meeting was held and board members endorsed the 2019 Annual Report as well as the most recent Quarterly Status Report for publication.

Called for under Measure A, the 2019 Annual Report by Regional Park and Open Space District (District) can be accessed in “Reports” under the “Grants” menu tab. On the same “Reports” page, you can also find the current quarterly status report, listed under the “All Quarterly Status Reports” button.

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Measure A Maintenance & Servicing (M&S) Funds for Nonprofit Organizations Now Available!

Applications for the Measure A Maintenance & Servicing (M&S) Funds for Nonprofit Organization  are now available in the Grants Management System (GMS)!

The program will have a pool of approximately $1.9 million in funding available to be shared among all eligible applications. The program runs on a 3-year cycle with Fiscal Years 2019-2020, 2020-2021, and 2021-2022 available this round. Measure A M&S Funds are available to eligible non profit organizations for maintenance and servicing of parklands acquired, improved or developed from projects that received grant funding from RPOSD’s Measure A and/or Proposition A programs. The complete guidelines for this program can be found on page 2-67 of the Grants Administration Manual.

For the 3-year cycle, Fiscal Years 2019-2020, 2020-2021, and 2021-2022, maintenance and servicing expenses incurred on or after July 1, 2019 are eligible for reimbursement. Maintenance & Servicing submissions are a multiple step process through the online Grants Management System

Note: Fiscal year starts on July 1st and ends on June 30th.

Steps to Apply

Step 1:
Register in the online Grants Management System (GMS). Applicants must be registered by Friday, November 22, 2019 to participate in this program. If your agency is already registered, please move to Step Two.

Step 2: Submit a M&S Budget Application between Wednesday, November 6, 2019 to Friday, December 5, 2019 by 5:00p.m. Budget review, approvals, and award will take two weeks. (December 9, 2019 to December 19, 2019)

Step 3: Submit a Claim, for fiscal year 2019-20 expenses only, beginning Monday, December 23, 2019. Claim periods for additional years to be announced.

Submission Deadlines:

  • Measure A Maintenance & Servicing Funds Budget Application Submissions Deadline: Thursday, December 5, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Measure A maintenance & Servicing Funds Claim Submissions: Beginning on Monday, December 23, 2019. 

 

M&S Budget Application received after the deadline will not be considered. Therefore, it will be to the organizations benefit to submit all M&S documentation as soon as possible, before the submission deadlines. If the total amount of approved budget applications exceeds the total funds available, a prorated portion may be approved for each eligible budget application.

RPOSD looks forward to reviewing the submitted applications for the Measure A M&S Funds for Nonprofit Organization Program. If you have any questions, please call (626) 588-5060 to be routed to a Grants Officer for assistance.

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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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