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Technical Assistance Program (TAP) to Increase Park Projects and Programs in L.A. County

The Technical Assistance Program (TAP) helps public agencies and eligible non-profit organizations gain the skills they need to develop grant proposals, apply for Measure A funding, and manage their park projects and programs. The Urban Parks TAP, for cities and communities in Very High or High Park Need Areas, is currently in development and will be implemented in January 2021.

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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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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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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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