Upon the favorable resolution of the litigation against Measure A, RPOSD’s Board of Directors adopted the release of Competitive Grant Funding allocations for the Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks, Open Space, Beaches, Rivers Protection, and Water Conservation Measure of 2016 (Measure A). Measure A provides funding for five competitive grant programs that are divided into two groups: Capital Projects and Programmatic Projects. Competitive grants are open to public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and schools that meet the grant program requirements.
The first competitive grant programs rolled out were the Recreation Access and Youth & Veteran Job Training & Placement programs. Eligible entities were able to apply on the Grants Management System (GMS). Guidelines for the respective programs were released, and mandatory workshops designed to guide applicants through the competitive grants process ran from September 2019 through January 2020. The application deadline for this competitive grant cycle was February 25, 2020. However, in the weeks following the close of the application process, the County of Los Angeles faced dramatic changes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. After careful review, the proposed programs submitted were deemed not feasible under the COVID-19 restrictions at the time. The competitive nature of the application process and the guidelines for both grant programs prohibited material changes to scope and budget. Given the lack of feasibility, RPOSD made the difficult decision in the summer of 2020 to cancel the application cycle for both programs and not make funding awards.