Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Outdoor Recreation Grants

What are Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Outdoor Recreation Grants?

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Recreation Grants Branch manages the Outdoor Recreation Grants to assist local units of government with the acquisition and/or development of public recreation areas and facilities throughout the State of Texas. The Program provides 50% matching fund, reimbursement grants to eligible local governments.

Who are eligible for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Outdoor Recreation Grants?

Eligible applicants include political subdivisions of the State of Texas legally responsible for providing public recreation services to their citizens. This includes cities, counties, river authorities, municipal utility districts, and other special districts.

The following criteria will be used to determine sponsor eligibility for additional funding:

  • Funding history and previous performance
  • All previously completed Department sponsored grant projects must be in compliance with all the terms of the Project Agreement under which they received assistance and all program guidelines; and
  • For active grants, all required project documentation (such as appraisals, construction plans, quarterly status reports, and reimbursement requests) must be complete and have been received on schedule, if due; and
  • All active projects which are at least two years old must be reimbursed for a minimum fifty percent of the approved grant amount; and

The total of approved grant funds which have not been reimbursed may not exceed $2 million for all active grant projects.

How to apply for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Outdoor Recreation Grants?

Submit four (4) full sets of all required documents – 1 with original signatures in a 3-ring binder and 3 copies clipped. Many of the required forms are now available as links to fillable forms. Application proposals are reviewed at approximately five-month intervals. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the submission date OR postmarked as mailed by the deadline.

Program Submission Award Date
Outdoor Recreation March 1st late August
Outdoor Recreation August 1st late January
Indoor Recreation August 1st late January
Urban Outdoor Recreation March 1st late August
Urban Indoor Recreation August 1st late January
Small Community March 1st late August

How much funding is available for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Outdoor Recreation Grants?

The maximum amount which may be applied for in each Program is:

GRANT PROGRAM MAXIMUM MATCH AMOUNT
Outdoor Recreation (communities <500,000 population) $500,000.00
Indoor Recreation (communities <500,000 population) $750,000.00
Urban Outdoor Recreation (communities >500,000 population) $1,000,000.00
Urban Indoor Recreation (communities >500,000 population) $1,000,000.00
Small Community (communities <20,000 population) $75,000.00

Where to send applications for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Outdoor Recreation Grants?

Mailing Address Physical Address (for delivery only)
Recreation Grants Branch Recreation Grants Branch
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department 1340 Airport Commerce Drive
4200 Smith School Road Bldg 6, Ste 600A
Austin TX 78744 Austin TX 78741

For more information on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Outdoor Recreation Grants, contact:

512-389-8224 or by email at Rec.Grants@tpwd.state.tx.us.

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