In March 2019, Measure A’s Grants Administration Manual (GAM), the final document outlining grant guidelines and policies, was approved by the Board of Supervisors, acting in their capacity as RPOSD’s governing body. The policies and guidelines outlined by the GAM balance the legislative requirements of Measure A, best practices from the grantmaking community, as well as robust input from the 46-member Measure A Implementation Steering Committee. The GAM is designed to streamline and remove unnecessary barriers from the grantmaking process guide grantees through the application for and the administration of grant funds allocated and awarded pursuant to Measure A. New grant programs, elements, and initiatives are introduced, including a variety of Competitive Grants Programs, Technical Assistance Program, Good Standing Policy, and Community Engagement.
Along with the approval of the GAM, the Board also supported a motion for the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to conduct the Regional Recreation, Beaches, Rural Areas, and Open Space Assessment in the future to determine the needs of the many diverse geographical areas of the County, which the current PNA does not reflect. Results of this assessment will inform the project planning and selection for RPOSD’s competitive grants under Measure A and will be combined with the current PNA to inform a unified Los Angeles Countywide Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment.