Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program



On January 31, 2020, 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;

· Rely on a high degree of coordination among the public, multiple levels of government and the private sector to improve recreation opportunities; and

· Advance the goals of Georgia’s Statewide Comprehensive Recreation Plan (SCORP).


As the lead agency for Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), 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 May 1, 2020 (4:00 pm). Submissions will be evaluated by DNR staff and the top four will be forwarded to NPS to compete in the national competition. An estimate of 40 or more proposals will be selected by NPS. If your project is selected at the national level, additional information will be required.

A total of $40 million is available for the entire nationwide competition. Each state is limited to submitting a maximum of four applications.

*for the purposes of this competition, ‘underserved communities are those with: (1) no existing parks; (2) some existing parks but not enough to support the size of the population of the service area or otherwise able to satisfy existing recreational demand; or (3) some existing parks (potentially even an adequate number of parks) that are so deteriorated/obsolete or underdeveloped that a major redevelopment or rehabilitation would significantly increase the number of people who could be served and/or significantly increase the types of recreational opportunities that would be provided (in a way that could be equated to the impact of a new park).


Please note: This program is a completely separate application process from our LWCF grant program. If you are currently receiving or have recently received LWCF grant(s), for the park, you may not apply for an ORLP grant at the same park.

Eligible Applicants:

1. Represent a jurisdiction of at least 50,000 people AND be situated within the geographic boundary of the urbanized areas delineated by the 2010 Census.

2. State agency or County government where the project serves one or more of the urbanized area jurisdictions as described above

Eligible Projects:

Acquisition and/or development of public parkland that is physically located within or contiguous to the boundaries of the urban area.

Available Funds: $40 million available nation-wide
Grant Amount: Applicants can request between $300,000 and $1,000,000
Required Match: Grants require a minimum of 1:1 match from state, local, or private sources
Application Deadline: 4:00 pm, Friday, May 1, 2020
Ga Selection Date: June 19, 2020
National Selection Date: December 31, 2020 (target date)
Copies Needed Original and 1 copy
Contact Us: Phone: 404.463.8629
E-mail: antoinette.norfleet@dnr.ga.gov
Mailing address: 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr, Suite 1352, Atlanta, Georgia 30334

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


May 1:  Applications due to DNR

May 18-29:  Applications scored by DNR staff

June 19 Top: 4 finalist for Georgia announced

December 31: National selection announced by National Park Service

Contact Us

Please direct questions to 404-463-8629.