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FUN Park Grant

Grants to Arkansas Municipalities and Communities
to Enhance Public Open-Air Recreational Facilities

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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism - Outdoor Recreation Grants Program

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08/30/19 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Arkansas municipalities and unincorporated communities with small populations to develop open-air recreational facilities. Funding is intended to support the construction and installation of new facilities as well as major renovations of existing facilities that are open to the public.

The FUN Park Grant is intended to help small communities in Arkansas develop public outdoor recreation facilities within their local parks. In addition to assisting with the development of basic facilities such as playgrounds, pavilions, ball fields, and basketball courts, the Grant now provides funding to construct or renovate almost any open-air outdoor recreation facility.

Grant funds may be used only for construction, materials, labor, fixed equipment, and professional design/administration fees.

Examples of renovations to existing facilities include re-roofing existing pavilions, replenishing fall zone material at an existing playground, and parking improvements.

An engineer or architect is required for FUN Park Grant projects.

Priority will be given to facilities that provide a balance of passive and active recreation activities for children and adults at the park. Priority will also be given to projects with barrier-free access to existing facilities included in their project budget.

For a description of eligible outdoor recreation facilities, requirements, and considerations, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172849

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award for the FUN Park Grant is $50,000. There is no minimum.

Up to $5,000 of the FUN Park grant may be used for professional design and administration services.

Term of Contract:

Grant projects should be completed within two years after the award notice.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only municipalities in Arkansas with populations of 2,500 or less, and unincorporated communities sponsored by county governments, are eligible.

Priority will be given to applicants who appear to have the greatest need, that have a suitable site for the proposed development, can demonstrate their ability to complete the project in a timely fashion, and have sufficient resources for the long-term operation and maintenance of the facility.

Site Selection and Property Requirements: Applicant must own, lease, or have a written option to buy or lease property for proposed park development. The project site must be of sufficient size, suitable for park development, and convenient for local residents. The proposed project site must be inspected by department staff during a site visit to verify its suitability for the proposed park. If the applicant does not presently own or lease the proposed site for development, they must submit a letter from the owner of the site expressing their willingness to sell or lease the property for a term of at least 25 years.

FUN Park Grant funding is not available for construction of new swimming pools, splash pads, and enclosed structures including restrooms and concession stands.

Grant funds may not be used for:

- Construction of swimming pools or splash pads
- Enclosed structures including restrooms or concession stands
- Purchase or lease park property
- Regular maintenance of existing parks
- Removable equipment or facilities
- Purchase of tools and construction equipment
- Supplies such as gloves, bats, balls, etc.
- Salaries for public officials and/or city workers
- Fees to prepare the application

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted as a hard copy and postmarked no later than Friday, August 30, 2019.

Applicants are urged call the office at their earliest opportunity to schedule an on-site meeting with the Project Officer assigned to their region of the state.

Prospective applicants who contact the Outdoor Recreation Grants Program (ORGP) office before July 1, 2019 to schedule a site visit will receive 4 points on the FUN Park Scoring System. Th ose that schedule their site visit between July 1 and July 31st will receive 2 points.

The highest scoring applicants will be invited to appear before the Governor-appointed Outdoor Recreation Grants Advisory Committee at a public hearing held on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the Jacksonville Community Center. Th is hearing will allow each applicant fi ve minutes to describe their proposed project and answer any questions that the Committee may have.

The Outdoor Recreation Grants Program (ORGP) staff will assist applicants in selecting a park site, recommending facility layout and location, barrier-free access, and other matters relating to park development.

A municipality or county may submit only one grant application per year.

Applicants awarded a FUN Park Grant will be eligible to apply for another FUN Park Grant five years after their award. Applicants that do not receive an award may apply the following year.


Application Materials:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

John Beneke, Program Director

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Outdoor Recreation Grants Program
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201

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