Competitive Grant Programs

Funded by Measure A, RPOSD’s competitive grant programs are designed to invest in eligible programmatic or capital projects consistent with or similar to those identified in the Parks Need Assessment and bridge the equity gap. As outlined in the Measure A Resolution under Section 5(b)(3) through Section5(b)(5), these programs are:

  • Natural Lands, Local Beaches, Water Conservation and Protection
  • Regional Recreation, Multi-Use Trails and Accessibility
  • Youth & Veteran Job Training and Placement
  • Recreation Access
  • Acquisition-Only

Explore the rest of this page to learn more about each specific program!

Current Competitive Grant Programs

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Recreation Access

for programs that increase Los Angeles County residents’ accessibility to public lands, park facilities, and park amenities, including education, interpretive services, safety information, transportation, and other activities, especially for those in high and very high-need areas. | Read the Guidelines

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Youth and Veteran Job Training and Placement

for programs that provide education and skills training (career development) or certification and job placement in the field of parks and recreation to youth and veterans. | Read the Guidelines

This will be maintained and updated with relevant dates and status information of the the different competitive grant programs.

07.06.2022

Important Updates! Changes have been made to the guidelines and published as  Addendum I to the Recreation Access and Addendum I to the Youth & Veteran Job Training and Placement Competitive Grant Programs on June 22, 2022. Additional changes were made on July 6, 2022 and are published as Addendum II to the Recreation Access and Addendum II to the Youth & Veteran Job Training and Placement.

The addenda can be viewed along with the original guidelines as “Appendix B” and “Appendix C”:

As of July 6, 2022, the changes listed in the addenda for both 2022 Competitive Grant Programs have been incorporated into their respective guidelines. Links to the guidelines listed on this page have also been updated accordingly. It is your responsibility to review all the changes.

6.2.2022

The release of the Competitive Grant Program Guidelines for Recreation Access and Youth & Veteran Job Training and Placement marks the launch of RPOSD’s 2022 Measure A Competitive Grant Programs! Read the Guidelines posted on this page next to description of each program. Applications will be available on the GMS starting June 20, 2022. More exciting details about the launch and important dates can be found here.

The Factsheet for the 2022 Competitive Grant Programs funded by Measure A is available in English and Spanish.

3.15.2022

RPOSD will schedule a new application filing period for the 2022 Competitive Grant Programs cycle, which include the following programs:

  • Recreation Access*
  • Youth & Veteran Job Training and Placement

*We are in partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to meet the directives of both our Boards as well as leverage our separate funding sources to begin to meet the needs of our communities in accessing parks as well as recreation programs.

Applications for these programs are coming soon

Details on all relevant workshops and accompanying instructional materials, when available, will be shared in this section. 

7.11.2022

On Thursday, July 7, 2022, RPOSD held two workshops for our recently released Competitive Grant Programs. The resources and materials are below:

Recreation Access
PowerPoint Slides
Recording:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Youth & Veteran Job Training and Placement
PowerPoint Slides
Recording:
Part One
Part Two

Questions from workshop participants and potential applicants will be collected, answered, and compiled into a list of “Questions & Answers” (Q&A). This list will be made available to all here.  

On Thursday, August 18, 2022, the final set of Q & A has been posted here along with first set that was released on July 26, 2022.

 Complete Q&A for the 2022 Competitive Grants Cycle

We are no longer accepting questions regarding the competitive application process for this cycle.
The Q & A Submission deadline was Monday, August 15, 2022. Questions were sent to info@rposd.lacounty.gov with the name of the competitive grant program the question pertains to in the subject line. We highly recommended reading the guidelines and attending our virtual workshop prior to submitting a question about our competitive grant programs within the Q&A submission period.

Resources that provide background or supporting information, such as maps, reports, motions, and strategic plans, on the currently inactive competitive programs will be shared here.

Factsheets
Resources mentioned in the Recreation Access Program Guidelines pertaining to Metro Funding:
Parks Needs Assessment:

Closed Competitive Grant Programs

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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. | Read Guidelines 

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Regional Recreation Facilities, Multi-use Trails and Accessibility

for acquisition, development, improvement, restoration, or rehabilitation projects that improve, connect, and protect regional recreational facilities, trails, and accessibility. | Read Guidelines 

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Acquisition-Only

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 trails connections and access, wildlife corridors, and critical habitat. | Read Guidelines

This will be maintained and updated with relevant dates and status information of the the different competitive grant programs.

Details on all relevant workshops and accompanying instructional materials, when available, will be shared in this section. 

Questions regarding these competitive funding opportunities were collected previously. Submissions are compiled into a list of “Questions & Answers” (Q&A)

Resources that provide background or supporting information, such as maps, reports, motions, and strategic plans, on the currently active competitive programs will be shared here.

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