The National Park Service has announced the opening of the application process for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP), a nationally competitive grant program funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The ORLP offers grants specifically to help create and improve state and local parks and other outdoor recreation areas, particularly in underserved communities. A total of $40 million of funding is available. Applications are due from the states July 10, 2020; states likely will have earlier deadlines for proposals from local applicants.
National Park Service representatives Elisabeth Fondriest, Recreation Grant Programs Branch Chief, and Lacy Alison, Financial Assistance Team Lead, will provide an overview of the program and the grant application process.
City Parks Alliance, with its partners National Recreation and Park Association, Sierra Club, The Trust for Public Land, and The Wilderness Society invite you to join this ORLP webinar.
Julie Waterman is the advocacy director at City Parks Alliance. She works to advance federal legislation that provides funding for city parks. Julie oversees the development of CPA’s advocacy materials and manages its Mayors for Parks Coalition, a bipartisan coalition of 50 mayors from across the country that advocate for strong park systems.
Elisabeth Fondriest is the Chief of the Recreation Grant Programs Branch and recently marked her 10-year anniversary of joining the National Park Service’s State and Local Assistance Division. Prior to NPS, she spent 12 years with NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (nka the Office of Coastal Zone Management) where she was a state program officer for the Coastal Zone Management Program and the manager of the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program. When not at work, she can most frequently be found out on the Anacostia River (Washington, DC’s other river!), where she is a competitive sweep rower and sculler, as well as a rowing coach.
Lacy Alison is a Financial Assistance Team Lead in the Recreation Grant Programs Branch at the National Park Service. She works with internal and external partners throughout the country to support states and local communities in the acquisition and development of public outdoor parks and recreation areas via the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Past experiences include migratory bird habitat conservation financial assistance management at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Chesapeake Bay conservation program management at the National Fish and Wildlife Conservation. Before moving to the DC area, she spent 3 years assisting environmental education, ecotourism development, and public health as a Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar.