Announcement

2019-2020 Competitive Grant Cycle Canceled due to Covid-19 560 315 RPOSD

2019-2020 Competitive Grant Cycle Canceled due to Covid-19

The Regional Park and Open Space District (RPOSD) released the 2019-2020 competitive grant application cycle for the Recreation Access and Youth and the Veterans Job Training and Placement Programs in late 2019. In the weeks following the February 25, 2020 close of the application process, the County of Los Angeles faced dramatic changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the current COVID-19 restrictions, the proposed programs are not feasible as submitted. Given the competitive nature of the application process, the guidelines for both grant programs prohibit material changes to scope and budget. Given the lack of feasibility, RPOSD is cancelling the application cycle for both programs and will not make funding awards.

RPOSD will announce a new application filing period for each program with updated program guidelines that will allow applicants to address COVID-19 restrictions in their applications.

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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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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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Annual Grants Management System Registration Renewal

This is a friendly reminder that organizations have until January 30, 2020 to complete their Grants Management System (GMS) Registration Renewal. GMS Registration Renewal includes updating the following information depending on your agency type:

Public Agencies
• Upload of the most recent completed financial audit showing financial statements are accurate and complete. CAFR’s (Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports) are acceptable.
• Upload of Report Intent to Apply for Annual Allocations. Intent to use or accrue. Spending Timeline is required.
• Updating Neighborhood Parks Needs Assessment Inventory Data will not be required at this time. The update period will be announced by the District at a later date.

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Nonprofit Organizations
• Upload of the most recent completed financial audit showing financial statements are accurate and complete.
• Upload Proof of Good Tax Standing. Copy of latest IRS Form 990.

Schools
• Upload of the most recent completed financial audit showing financial statements are accurate and complete.

Link to GMS

Registration Renewal Help Guide

Failure to update this information will cause an organization to be out of Good Standing. Organizations out of Good Standing are not eligible to apply for Measure A grants, which include the Recreation and Access and the Youth and Veterans Competitive Grant Programs. In addition, organizations out of Good Standing are unable to take action on open and active grants, such as submitting payment requests.

If you have any questions, please contact your Grants Officer or the District’s main line at (626)588-5060.

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Measure A Maintenance & Servicing (M&S) Funds for Nonprofit Organizations Now Available! 514 511 RPOSD

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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Consumer Price Index Update Policy

This is a friendly reminder that organizations have until January 30, 2020 to complete their Grants Management System (GMS) Registration Renewal. GMS Registration Renewal includes updating the following information depending on your agency type:

Public Agencies
• Upload of the most recent completed financial audit showing financial statements are accurate and complete. CAFR’s (Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports) are acceptable.
• Upload of Report Intent to Apply for Annual Allocations. Intent to use or accrue. Spending Timeline is required.
• Updating Neighborhood Parks Needs Assessment Inventory Data will not be required at this time. The update period will be announced by the District at a later date.

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Nonprofit Organizations
• Upload of the most recent completed financial audit showing financial statements are accurate and complete.
• Upload Proof of Good Tax Standing. Copy of latest IRS Form 990.

Schools
• Upload of the most recent completed financial audit showing financial statements are accurate and complete.

Link to GMS

Registration Renewal Help Guide

Failure to update this information will cause an organization to be out of Good Standing. Organizations out of Good Standing are not eligible to apply for Measure A grants, which include the Recreation and Access and the Youth and Veterans Competitive Grant Programs. In addition, organizations out of Good Standing are unable to take action on open and active grants, such as submitting payment requests.

If you have any questions, please contact your Grants Officer or the District’s main line at (626)588-5060.

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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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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.

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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’.