We are excited to announce grant awards totaling over $26 million for park development across Los Angeles County, completing the first-ever cycle of three Measure A competitive grant programs. The funds were released on April 30 of last year as part of our ongoing implementation of Measure A.
Measure A has a multipronged approach to tackling the park inequity problem: a category of annually allocated funds dedicated specifically to entities in high and very high park need study areas, a Technical Assistance Program, and a commitment to set aside 30% of competitive grant funds for projects in high and very high need study areas. Of the $26 million in competitive grants awarded, $11 million in awards went to projects in high and very high park need study areas.
The 42 applications received during the 6-month application period underwent review by a 9-member evaluation panel, and 30 were ultimately funded.
Highlights from the first-ever cycle of Measure A Competitive Grant Programs:
- 11 applications totaling $9.4 million were funded for Natural Lands, Local Beaches, Water Conservation and Protection, for projects that improve and protect open space, watersheds, and water resources through planning, acquisition, development, improvement, and restoration of multi-benefit parks;
- 13 applications totaling $11.1 million were funded for Regional Recreation Facilities, Multi-Use Trails, and Accessibility, for acquisition, development, improvement, restoration, or rehabilitation projects that improve and protect regional recreational facilities, trails, and accessibility; and
- 6 applications totaling $5.7 million were funded for Parkland Acquisition, for acquisition-only projects that meet the goals of the Natural Lands, Local Beaches, Water Conservation and Protection Competitive Grants Program or the Regional Recreation, Multi-use Trails and Accessibility Competitive Grant Programs. This program prioritizes urgent acquisitions in Study Areas with High or Very High Park Need as well as trail connections and access, wildlife corridors, and critical habitat.
- TAP grants were awarded to three high/very high park need cities, amounting to over $40,000 in professional grant writing support and resulting in $2 million in awarded funds. The Technical Assistance Program, or TAP, links high/very high park need entities with professional consultants at no cost to the applicants, with expertise in various park development disciplines, including community outreach and engagement, environment studies, project feasibility, planning and design, and grant writing and application.
We invite you to learn more by exploring the links below.
2021 Cycle Grant Awardees
Watch Event Highlights
Press Release and Toolkit
Grant Programs & Guidelines for this Competitive Cycle
Measure A & District Information