Competitive Grant Programs

Applications for the first three  RPOSD’s competitive grant programs funded by Measure A, Regional Recreation Facilities, Multi-Use Trails and Accessibility, Natural Lands, Local beaches, Local Water Conservation and Protection, and Acquisition-Only, can be expected to be available starting April 2021.  Recreation Access and Youth & Veteran’s Job Training and Placement are projected to follow in 2022. Each program will operate according to its own cycle and schedule, so it is important to refer to each category listed below for specific details.

Active 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.

4.30.2021

The competitive funding opportunities are now open for applications and the guidelines for each competitive grant program are posted on this page (click on “Read Guideline” next to each program listed above).

  1. The Question & Answer (Q&A) submission period starts today and ends on September 30, 2021.
  2. Please email your questions to info@rposd.lacounty.gov with the name of the specific grant program(s) of interest on the Subject line.
  3. The comprehensive list will be posted in the Q&A section of this accordion

4.15.2021

Dates for the 2021 Competitive Grant Programs have been rescheduled.

Guidelines for each competitive grant program of this cycle will be posted on this page very soon. We will announce the Question & Answer (Q&A) submission period when the guidelines are available.

3.10.2021

Additional revisions to the Measure A GAM resulted in a change in timeline for grants administration. The Application Start Date, Workshop Dates, and Application Deadline for the 2021 Competitive Grant Programs will be rescheduled. The new dates will be announced on our calendar and via email once available. 

We apologize for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience.  Please join our mailing list if you haven’t already done so.

2.11.2021

A new application filing period for the 2021 Competitive Grant Programs cycle has been scheduled. This information was shared in the unveiling of the Technical Assistance Program (TAP) that will be administered by RPOSD.

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

There are two dates to select from:

MAY 12, 2021: This option takes place in the afternoon at 2:00PM.
JUNE 9, 2021: This option takes place in the morning at 10:00AM.

The workshop consist of overviews of all three competitive grant programs, each followed by its own live Q&A session. We recommend having copies of the guidelines ready to follow along during the workshop!

Materials from the MAY 12, 2021 Workshop

PowerPoint Slides 
Watch Part I: Introduction
Watch Part II: Natural Lands, Local Beaches, Water Conservation and Protection Grant Program, Q&A
Watch Part III: Regional Recreation Facilities, Multi-use Trails and Accessibility Program Details, Q&A
Watch Part IV: Acquisition-Only Program Details, Q&A, Concluding Remarks  

Materials from the JUNE 09, 2021 Workshop

PowerPoint Slides 
Watch Part I: Introduction
Watch Part II: Natural Lands, Local Beaches, Water Conservation and Protection Grant Program, Q&A
Watch Part III: Regional Recreation Facilities, Multi-use Trails and Accessibility Program Details, Q&A
Watch Part IV: Acquisition-Only Program Details, Q&A, Concluding Remarks

We will be accepting questions regarding these competitive funding opportunities between April 30, 2021 – September 30, 2021. Submissions will be collected, answered, and compiled into a list of “Questions & Answers” (Q&A). Email your question to info@rposd.lacounty.gov with the name of the Competitive Grant Program your question pertains to on the subject line.

Measure A Competitive Grant Programs Questions & Answers – As of July 6, 2021

Please note that the response for Question #5 was revised on June 9, 2021.

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.

Inactive Competitive Grant Programs

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Recreation Access

for programs that increase ability for county citizens to access public lands, park facilities, and park amenities, including education, interpretive services, safety information, transportation, and other activities that increase the accessibility for county residents, especially for those in high-need and very high-need areas.

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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.

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

2.11.2021

RPOSD has now scheduled a new application filing period for the 2021 Competitive Grant Programs cycle, which will not include the following programs:

  • Recreation Access
  • Youth & Veteran’s Job Training and Placement

Applications for these programs are expected to be available in 2022. 

7.23.2020

The 2019-2020 competitive grant application cycle for the Recreation Access and Youth and the Veterans Job Training and Placement Programs was released the Fall of 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 COVID-19 restrictions, the proposed programs were not feasible as submitted. Given the competitive nature of the application process, the guidelines for both grant programs prohibited material changes to scope and budget. Given the lack of feasibility, RPOSD cancelled the application cycle for both programs and did not make funding awards.

Updated program guidelines that will allow applicants to address COVID-19 restrictions in their applications will be available in the near future.

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

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.  

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.