Competitive Grant Programs

The implementation of RPOSD’s Competitive Grants is guided by the work of the Steering Committee, as outline in the Proceedings, and their recommendations regarding competitive grants can be found under Section 4.3 of the document. Applications for the first two  RPOSD’s competitive grant programs funded by Measure A, Recreation Access and Youth & Veteran’s Job Training and Placement, can be expected to be available starting September 2019. Regional Recreation Facilities, Multi-Use Trails and Accessibility and Natural Lands, Local beaches, Local Water Conservation and Protection are projected to follow starting September 2020. 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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1Is the neighborhood council a government agency?No, neighborhood councils are not eligible as government agencies, generally they are appointed bodies that assist the City or County with informed decisions and recommendations about specific communities within the City or County. RPOSD recommends that Neighborhood Counsels partner with other eligible agencies. Refer to the Guidelines for eligible agencies. Recreation Access Guidelines page 8 and Youth & Veteran Job Placement Training Guidelines page 7 & 8.
2Are organizations able to apply for two competitive grants at the same time (i.e. Recreation Access and Youth + Veteran Job Training and Placement)?Yes, an applicant can apply for two separate competitive grants as long the application is for a project or program that matches criteria of each competitive grant program.
3Can we apply multiple times?Yes an eligible organization or agency can submit more than one application for the same competitive program, provided that each application is for a separate project or program.
4Is there a separate application for Metro?No, there is not a separate application for accessing the Metro funding. There are three Metro questions included on the Recreation Access application. See the Recreation Access Guidelines page 12 & 13. A selected project or program may be required to provide additional information to Metro.
5Please provide more detail on the third party evaluation requirement for Recreation Access.For the Recreation Access Program, per the Measure A Grants Administration Manual (GAM, page 2-57) Applicants must find and include in their grant application, someone who can evaluate their program from beginning to end. The evaluator may be an internal or third-party source. Applicants are required to provide details describing their evaluation process and how the program will be measured to determine success; including what outcomes will be measured, how they will be measured, how often, and then articulate and summarize the success of the program/project. This can be done by the organization or by a third party/outside evaluator. (Reference the Recreation Access Guidelines page 10, question 6.
6Is the grantee expected to find a third party evaluator?Yes, for the Youth and Veterans Job Training and Placement competitive Grant Programs, the applicant is required to have a plan for evaluation as well as an identified outside/third-party evaluation of the project/program identified in the application. This program is looking to create a training &/or education pipeline and a connection to jobs in the Park and Recreation field. Workforce development and evaluation of these programs is necessary to measure success in reaching the goal of the Measure A funded programs. For the Youth and Veteran Job Training and Placement Program, see the Grants Administration Manual (GAM, page 2-62, Award Size) as well as the Youth and Veteran Competitive Grant Guidelines page 11, question 6.
7Is there an age range for the youth program?Yes, there is an age range for the Youth and Veteran Job Training and Placement Competitive Grant Program. Please see the Guidelines (page 6, Education and Skills Training Program) Youth participants must be 18-25 years of age.
8How many veterans would the grantee be contractually required to serve?RPOSD does not have a requirement or thresholds to meet for the number of participants that are veterans. Refer to the Measure A Grants Administration Manual, Section 2.2.5 for additional information.
9Can my agency train and place youth and veterans within the agency to do assignments like fundraising, grant writing, community engagement, pre-project planning assistance in acquisition, development, and community needs assessment?A project/program designed to train and place youth and veterans to do assignments like fundraising, grant writing, community engagement, pre-project planning assistance in acquisition, development and community needs assessment within the applicants agency would be considered an eligible project/program if the work of the agency and these efforts have a nexus with park projects.
10What costs may be included in the program budget?For the Program Grants in these two Competitive Grant Programs Eligible Costs include: Community Engagement, Grantee Labor, Insurance, Overhead Rate, Fixed Assets with a Life of < 5 years, Incidentals, Non-Fixed Portable Equipment, Consultant Services, Portable Equipment, Interpretive Displays, Rental Equipment, Signage, Training Materials, Transportation. For a list of eligible costs, see the Grants Administrative Manual, Section 3.4.4 Grant Administration page, for table of Eligible Costs by Grant type.
11Can funds be used for restoration projects that increase the public use and interest to visit?The Recreation Access Program is a program based grant about people in High and Very High Need areas having access to parks and recreational opportunities. A program that brings people to an area for education about the area and to participate in a restoration project/program could be designed to fit this program, if it is focused on the people and their experiences and education outcomes.
12Is CEQA an eligible cost?CEQA does not generally apply to the proposed projects/programs in these two Competitive Grant Programs
13Is the cost of building a park on school property an eligible cost?Recreation Access grants fund programs and people not development or building park amenities or a park. Costs associated with creating and operating a recreation access program(s) to provide program opportunities to the community on off school times, are eligible costs.
14If my agency have an existing program that funds high and very high need areas, can a grant fund existing staff and program expenses? Or will the agency have to show that we increased access even more?An agency/applicant who has existing eligible programs are expected to articulate why RPOSD funding is needed for an already existing program. The application will also need to define what the outcomes will be and what difference the funding will have on increasing people’s access to parks.
15Would funding be authorized to spend on project based work based learning?Applicants are expected to articulate how their proposed program will lead to jobs or careers in the parks and recreation field. This could be work based learning, with specific goals/outcomes that are measurable and measured.
16How much of funding can be used for business engagement?Funds can be used for Community Engagement.Recreation Access Guidelines Community Engagement pages 16 & 17 and Evaluation Criteria page 21 -23: Youth & Veteran Job Training and Placement Program Community Engagement pages 9 & 17-18: Evaluation Criteria page 21-22. Please refer to the Measure A Grants Administration Manual for eligible/ineligible expenses.
17Will we be notified when the eligible costs/ineligible costs are posted? When do you expect that to be posted?Eligible/ineligible costs are posted on our website in the Grants Administration Manual (GAM pages 3-27). Eligible Costs include: Community Engagement, Grantee Labor, Insurance, Overhead Rate, Fixed Assets with a Life of < 5 years, Incidentals, Non-Fixed Portable Equipment, Consultant Services, Portable Equipment, Interpretive Displays, Rental Equipment, Signage, Training Materials, Transportation.
18Would temporary facilities that are required for the program be an eligible expense? (i.e. temp facilities that would directly serve to provide and increase access to a park site)It is possible that temporary facilities that are required for the program that the applicant is seeking grant funds for could be an eligible expense. Please refer to the GAM for information about eligible expenses page 3-27. Eligible Costs include: Community Engagement, Grantee Labor, Insurance, Overhead Rate, Fixed Assets with a Life of < 5 years, Incidentals, Non-Fixed Portable Equipment, Consultant Services, Portable Equipment, Interpretive Displays, Rental Equipment, Signage, Training Materials, Transportation.
19When is the next round for these competitive programs?The Recreation Access Grant Cycle will occur every two years; the Youth and Veterans Job Training and Placement Program will occur every three years. This is outlined in the GAM, pages 2-55 and 2-59.
20How will grants be awarded?The District has Evaluation Criteria for each of its Competitive Grant Programs, developed in the Steering Committee process. There will be an administrative review of each application and those that are complete and eligible will move to the Evaluation Panels that complete the evaluation process for each program and create the list of potential grants and amounts to be awarded, that will be finalized by the Director. Our goal is to allocate as much of the money in each Grant Program and within the funding brackets. This process is outlined and posted on our website.
21Will RPOSD request I lower my grant proposal amount?RPOSD’s goal is to fund the amount that an applicant requests. If, in the process, there are residual funds that would allow for partial funding of an additional grant on the ranked list, RPOSD may confidentially contact the applicant and discuss a smaller grant amount and potential impact to the project.
22Is access to a privately held site be included?This question is not clear, there are open space parks and recreational opportunities within LA County that would have entry costs and could be an appropriate use of Measure A funds, however there are also those that would not be appropriate. Please discuss the specifics with RPOSD staff.
23Can the location of a pop up recreation program change?If a proposal is for Pop-Up recreation, yes, programs may move around to different sites, the focus would still be sites within High and Very High Need Study Areas or people who live in those communities. Provide a robust explanation to include why this program meets the program goals and why it is a great idea.
24Are program proposals limited to the project site/location or does it also apply to target population?Either way, grant proposals should articulate which program site in High or Very High Need Study areas they will be in or the communities of High or Very High Need that the program will serve.
25What would the park ID be if the program spans multiple cities/parks?For those programs that will utilize multiple cities/parks, the applicant(s) will be required to provide the specific information in their application related to each of the multiple locations that the proposed program will serve.
26Is there a place on the RPOSD website for us to view the maps of high/very high needs communities? And are there any additional writings available on the criteria RPOSD uses to define high/very high needs communities?The information about the 2016 Countywide Park Needs Assessment can be found at the Parks Needs Assessment (PNA) Website at https://lacountyparkneeds.org/ On this site you can find the report for each Study Area that includes the map for the entire county as well as for each study area regardless of its need. The criteria utilized to define park need is found within the report, also on the PNA website. The RPOSD website, https://rposd.lacounty.gov , under the Grants/Manage Your Measure A Grant Tabs, you will also find a link to the PNA.
27Will there be another workshop for other future competitive funds?There will be workshops for all Competitive Grant Programs RPOSD is responsible to run. These workshops will occur based on the Grant Calendar, found on the RPOSD website and in the GAM. RPOSD expects to conduct new workshops Category 3 & 4 for Natural Lands, Local Beaches Water Conservation and Protection Programs AND Regional Recreation, Multi-use Trails and Accessibility Program beginning in the fall of 2020. Please make sure that you are on our mailing list to receive the notices.
28When will the other competitive programs open?Competitive grant programs from Categories 3 and 4 are slated to start accepting applications in the fall of 2020. There is a calendar that shows how often each of the programs will be offered in the GAM on pages 3-1 and 3-2.
29As applicants develop their grant narratives, is there a point person or procedure to ask if our proposal ideas would be eligible?RPOSD grant staff and the Administrator are willing to have this discussion for guidance purposes as long as it’s within the first 4 months of the application period. For the Recreation Access and Youth and Veteran Job Training and Placement Competitive Grants Programs the deadline is January 30, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
30Does it benefit an applicant point-wise to conduct community engagement meetings before applicant submission and grant award? Since it seems there is no reimbursement of pre-award activities.Community Engagement before a project/program is fully developed is the best case scenario, however RPOSD does not fund activities that happen before a grant is awarded. You can find the specifics regarding the Community Engagement and Evaluation Criteria for the program in question. Recreation Access Guidelines Community Engagement pages 16 & 17 and Evaluation Criteria page 21 -23; Youth & Veteran Job Training and Placement Program Community Engagement pages 9 & 17-18: Evaluation Criteria page 21-22.
31Would it be advantageous for applicants to create a separate transportation budget and describe it separate from the Recreation Access?It would not be advantageous for applicants to create a separate transportation budget and describe it as separate from Recreation Access. Do not leave the transportation piece out of the Recreation Access application, RPOSD is looking for a fully developed program that benefits the community members. If your question is related to the Metro funding, please see the information on Metro’s program, read Metro’s Transit to Parks Strategic Plan. For eligibility information read Metro’s Congestion Management Air Quality Program.
32May I submit letters of recommendations with my application?Letters of recommendation or support can be uploaded at specific places within the application, in the Grant Management Systems. There is an opportunity to upload other documents as well.
33We were interested in applying for our existing environmental education programs, nature works, which serve Avalon school and mainland ABCUSD youth (through course Catalina and our course Catalina Field School). Are we able to apply for our existing program or are we required to show how funding will increase the current number of students that we serve?An agency/applicant who has existing eligible programs Applicants are expected to articulate why RPOSD funding is needed for an already existing program. The application will also need to define what the outcomes will be and what difference the funding will have on increasing people’s access to parks. Applicants are expected to articulate how the additional funding from Measure A will improve their existing program.
34Could a proposal include fixed signage or exhibits without including a program? Signage and exhibits would increase the public awareness and understanding of public land, or park amenity.A proposal for Recreation Access grant could include fixed signage or exhibits, however a program is a requirement of the Program. A Recreation Access Program proposal must include a program, for example, educational and interpretive programs that promote park use.
35I’m already registered in Grants Management System, do I have to re-register for these programs.Once registered in the Grants Management System (GMS), you do not have to do it again. You will see these funding opportunities on the WebGrants landing page, if your agency or organization is eligible and in Good Standing. You may add agency representatives on the GMS.
36Is the program designed to where we can recognize employers who support our veterans?The intent of this program is to provide education and skills training and certification, and job placement for youth or veterans. If applicants wish to provide information on how they would recognize employers who support our veterans, they are encouraged to do so.
37On page 24 of the Recreation Access Grant Guidelines, payment section indicates retention of 10% will be held from each payment. What does this mean?A 10% retention is held from each approved payment to ensure that the program is completed. The grantee is more likely to complete the project and the grant’s final paperwork if they are still owed funds. Measure A also allows up to 50% of the grant award in an advance of funds and this can be requested by grantees.
38Info presented that is not in the Guidelines, such as “Do not leave any field blank” should be provided in writing on the FAQs portionRPOSD is completing updates to the Guidelines, Agenda, this information will be included in one of these documents. This information is also available on RPOSD’s website and the Grants Management System (GMS) grant application’s instructions and HELP text.
39How does Measure M fit with Measure A’s Recreation Access program?Measures A and M have separate funding sources. RPOSD is partnering with Metro at the direction of both governing boards, Board of Supervisors and Metro Board of Directors. Metro has their own grant evaluators who will review those Measure A Recreation Access applicants who indicate interest in Measure M funding.
40What does RPOSD envision with Recreation Access programs?Recreation Access Programs will establish or continue building upon existing programs to increase the ability of residents to access public lands, park facilities, and park amenities, as well as recreational opportunities including education, interpretative services, safety information, transportation and other activities that increase the accessibility for County residents especially those in High and Very High need Study Areas.
41Are there programs that have been successful in receiving all level grant awards that are available for view on the website?There are no programs that have been successful in receiving all level grant awards, as this is the first round of Measure A competitive grants. RPOSD will keep an ongoing posting of grant awards as we move forward on the website.

Inactive Competitive Grant Programs

Applications are projected to open starting September 2020.