TPWD Seeks Input On Park Grants

Austin—Texas Parks and Wildlife is hosting a series of public input meetings will be held across the state to discuss and assess evaluation criteria for awarding funds through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP) Grant and for Local Park Grants programs.

The state and local partnership came about in 1996 to help introduce underserved populations to environmental education, conservation and outdoor recreation programs. The program is authorized by the Texas Legislature through TPWD’s budget as a specialized component of the Texas Recreation and Parks Account Program. CO-OP grant funding is available to tax-exempt non-profit organizations, municipalities, universities and local school districts.

The Local Park Grants program consists of five individual programs that assist local units of government with the acquisition and/or development of public recreation areas and facilities throughout the state. The program provides 50 percent matching grants on a reimbursement basis to eligible applicants. All grant assisted sites must be dedicated as parkland in perpetuity, properly maintained and open to the public.

The agency says public feedback during upcoming open meetings will assist TPWD in keeping the evaluation criteria relevant for future grant applicants. After the results of public input are collected and reviewed, TPWD staff will propose evaluation criteria rule changes for consideration by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission in early 2019.

There are no public meetings scheduled in Corpus Christi however, those wishing to attend can do via webinar.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018
9 — 11 a.m.

1 — 3 p.m.

CO-OP Grant Webinar
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
9 – 11 a.m.