Arizona State Parks Accepting Grant Applications for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program Workshop April 13, 2016 - Grant Deadline May 6, 2016

March 31, 2016

PHOENIX - On March 9, 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) released guidelines for the "Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program." The program is for projects that will create or reinvigorate parks and other outdoor recreation spaces in ways that will encourage people, especially youth, to connect or re-connect with the outdoors. Priority will be given to projects located in urbanized communities that are economically disadvantaged and are underserved in terms of outdoor recreation resources.

Arizona State Parks (ASP) will choose from eligible submissions located in Arizona. ASP staff will evaluate the submissions and the top two will be forwarded to NPS to compete in the national competition where between 20 and 60 proposals will be awarded. If selected, additional information will be required. Please note that a total of $15 million is available for the entire nationwide competition, with each state eligible to submit only two applications.

Arizona State Parks will hold a grant workshop on April 13 at 10 a.m. at Arizona State Parks' conference room at 23751 N. 23rd Avenue, Suite 190 in Phoenix or by calling 1-877-820-7831 then enter 613038. The proposals will be accepted via mail or in-person at the Arizona State Parks administrative office at 23751 N. 23rd Avenue, Suite 190, Phoenix, AZ 85085 until May 6, 2016 at 5 p.m. 

Governmental entities with populations of 50,000 or more and the counties they reside in (as listed in the 2010 Census Urban Areas) are eligible to apply for this grant program. Eligible projects include acquisition and/or development of public parkland and applicants can request between $250,000 and $750,000. There is a required 1:1 match from state, local or private sources. The anticipated award date is between June 1, 2016 and September 2016.

To apply, download and read the grant application guide at or contact Mickey Rogers, Grants Program Leader, at Arizona State Parks at (602) 542-6942.

For information about all 30 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 or (877)-MYPARKS. Campsite reservations can be made online at or by calling the Reservation Call Center at (520) 586-2283. Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. Follow AZStateParks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 


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