Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program


On April 13, 2018, the National Park Service (NPS) released guidelines for a nation-wide grant program called the “Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program”. The urban-focused program is for projects that will create or reinvigorate parks and other outdoor recreation spaces in ways that will encourage people to connect or re-connect with the outdoors. Priority will be given to projects that will:

  • Directly connect people to outdoor places in communities that are underserved;
  • Create short-term and or permanent jobs and or help stimulate economic development;
  • Create, engage and empower members of the affected community;
  • Involve and expand public-private partnerships; and
  • Rely on a high degree of coordination among the public, multiple levels of government and the private sector to improve recreation opportunities.

As the lead agency for Land and Water Conservation Fund, the application process will begin with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Applications will be accepted by our office through the close of business on July 20, 2018 (4:00 pm). Submissions will be evaluated by DNR staff and the top three will be forwarded to NPS to compete in the national competition. Between 25-35 proposals are expected to be awarded by NPS. If your project is selected at the national level, additional information will be required.

A total of $13.3 million is available for the entire nationwide competition. Each state is limited to submitting a maximum of three applications.
Please note: This program is a completely separate application process from our Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program.

Eligible Applicants:
  1. Cities having populations of 50,000 or more AND is identified as an urbanized area by the 2010 Census
  2. Cities having populations of 50,000 or more AND lies within a Census-identified urban area.
  3. State agency or County government where the project serves one or more of the urbanized area jurisdictions.
Eligible Projects: Acquisition and/or development of public parkland
Available Funds: $13.3 million available nation-wide
Grant Amount: Applicants can request between $250,000 and $750,000
Required Match: Grants require a minimum of 1:1 match from state, local, or private sources
Application Deadline: 4:00 pm, July 20, 2018
Ga Selection Date: August 31, 2018
National Selection Date: March 1, 2019
Copies Needed Original and 1 copy
Contact Us: Phone: 770-389-7286
E-mail: antoinette.norfleet@dnr.ga.gov
Mailing address: 2600 Hwy 155 SW
Stockbridge, Georgia 30281

Application requirements

A full application will include:

  • Cover letter from project sponsor;
  • Application form;
  • Narrative information (10 page max) as described and defined in the Department of Interior’s Notice of funding opportunity;
  • Budget narrative (5 page max) as described and defined in the Department of Interior’s Notice of funding opportunity; and
  • Location and Site Maps


July 2018

July 20 - Applications due to DNR

August 2018

August 1-15 - Applications scored by DNR staff

August 31 - Top 3 finalist for Georgia announced

March 2019

March - National selection announced by National Park Service

Contact Us

Please direct questions to 770-389-7286.