Whereas RPOSD had established decades long history of granting funds towards capital projects that promote, preserve, and protect parks and open space, this particular date marks the first cycle of grants ever released by the District that will award funding for the expansion and creation of new recreation programs – a first from RPOSD in almost 30 years of grantmaking.
This cycle consists of the following Measure A competitive grant programs, which in total awarded up to $23 Million in funding:
- The Youth and Veteran Job Training and Placement program for the 2022 cycle was scheduled to award up to $10.9 million in Measure A grant funding available for education, skills training (career development), certification, and job placement programs in the field of parks and recreation for youth and veterans across Los Angeles County.
- The Recreation Access program for the 2022 cycle was scheduled to award up to $11.1 million in Measure A grant funding available for programs that aim to increase Los Angeles County residents’ accessibility to public lands and park facilities, including education, interpretive services, safety information, transportation, and other activities, especially for those in high and very high need areas. Another highlight for this program was that RPOSD collaborated with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to provide an additional $1 million in Metro funding to fund transit to parks programs and initiatives as well as service improvements that directly connect the communities to high quality park facilities.