Proposals being accepted for Outside Recreation Legacy Partnership Program


Published Sunday, June 13, 2021 10:40 am

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The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is accepting proposals for submission to the National Park Service Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program.

The ORLP, part of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, provides grants to finance outdoor recreational projects in underserved urban areas.

The ORLP is a 50-50 percent matching reimbursement program. The minimum grant is $ 300,000 with a minimum total project cost of $ 600,000. The maximum grant is $ 5 million.

Nationwide, this competition between the states and territories provides around 150 million US dollars in matching funds. Recipients must be able to fund 100 percent of their project while requesting regular refunds.

Eligible applicants include state authorities, local government units (state political subdivisions such as cities, counties, and special districts such as park districts) and nationally recognized Indian tribes.

Unique to the ORLP program, the project sponsor must represent a jurisdiction of at least 50,000 people and the project must be within or adjacent to the boundary of one of the urbanized areas designated by the 2010 census, as stated in the full funding notice. Virginia has 14 eligible urbanized areas.

Eligible projects can include the acquisition, development, combination of acquisition and development, or redevelopment of parks and other outdoor recreational areas.

DCR must submit projects selected under this call for proposals to the NPS on behalf of the applicant.

Instructions on how to apply for funding, the ORLP Pre-Proposal Guide and pre-proposal materials are available at

Pre-registrations must be obtained by email from DCR by July 30, 2021, 4:00 p.m. at the latest
Questions directly related to the ORLP application process can be emailed to [email protected]

The Land and Water Protection Fund Act of 1965 established a federal reimbursement program for the acquisition and development of public recreational areas in the open air. The Virginia Land and Water Conservation Fund is administered by DCR on behalf of the National Park Service. The program stands for a partnership between the federal, state and local governments. A key feature of the program is that all areas supported by the LWCF must be maintained and opened up as public recreational areas in the long term. This requirement ensures their use for future generations.


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