Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

LWCF Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program

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Due to interest in this program and impacts on municipal planning offices due to novel coronavirus, the due date for this application has been moved to June 5, 2020 at 5 p.m. EST


On January 31, 2020 the National Park Service (NPS) announced the availability of $40 million through the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLPP). This federal, nation-wide, urban-focused grant program is targeted at projects that will create or reinvigorate parks and other outdoor recreation spaces to 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 and recommendations of 2020-2025 Statewide Comprehensive Recreation Plan (SCORP), Chapter 5.

Applications must be submitted to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) through the Grants Gateway. General steps to apply for grants on the Gateway are available at: ORLPP specific information is contained in the 2020 ORLP NYS Supplement. The grant opportunity will open on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and will close at 5:00 p.m. EST on June 5, 2020. Submissions will be evaluated by OPRHP staff and the four highest scoring applications will be submitted to NPS for entrance in the national competition. All projects selected by OPRHP staff will require additional materials prior to submission to NPS. Up to 40 proposals will be funded by NPS. There is no guarantee that applications selected by OPRHP will ultimately be selected for award by NPS.

Eligible Applicants

Applicants must meet one of the two criteria below:

  • Represent a jurisdiction of at least 50,000 people AND – at least in part – be situated within the geographic boundary of the urbanized areas delineated by the 2010 Census. (OPRHP has produced a map showing the 2010 census urbanized areas in New York State.)
  • Be a State agency, authority, or county government with a project proposal that would serve one or more of the urbanized area jurisdictions as linked above.

Project Criteria

All proposals must:


All proposals must:

  • target low-income neighborhoods;
  • show potential economic benefits; and,
  • describe in detail how this project will create both short- and long-term employment opportunities.


Application Deadline:June 5, 2020 at 5 p.m. EST
NYS Selection Date:June 19, 2020
NPS Award Date:Dec 31, 2021 (projected)
Award Letters Dispatched:Jan 31, 2021 (projected)
Contract Start Date:March 31, 2021 (projected)


Further information is available on the Grants Gateway and in the below documents.

NPS Opportunity Number: P20AS00029


Ian Benjamin
Community Programs Coordinator
OPRHP Division of Environmental Stewardship and Planning (preferred)