City Parks Alliance, with our partners National League of Cities, National Recreation and Park Association, and Trust for Public Land, is hosting an Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) technical assistance webinar with the National Park Service (NPS). NPS staff will provide details on applicant and project eligibility, give tips on writing a strong ORLP application, explain the application and selection process, and answer questions.
Established in 2014, the ORLP is a nationally competitive grant program, funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), that focuses on economically disadvantaged communities with little to no access to outdoor recreation opportunities in urban areas. Under the current grant round, NPS has $192 million available for land acquisition, new park development, or the substantial renovation of existing parks, to (re)connect people with the outdoors.
Support for this work is provided by:
Ginger Carter, Grants Management Specialist, National Park Service
Ginger Carter has a background in historic preservation and planning. She’s been with the National Park Service since 1992, managing grant programs to preserve battlefield lands, rehabilitate properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and to assist Tribal Historic Preservation Offices before moving into the State and Local Assistance Programs office as the Lead for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) program in January of 2021.
Elisabeth Fondriest, Branch Chief, Recreation Grants Programs, National Park Service
Elisabeth is currently the Chief of the Recreation Grant Programs Branch in the National Park Service’s State and Local Assistance Division. She has been in federal service for more than 25 years, administering a variety of financial assistance programs that address recreation, land protection, and natural resource management so that our lands, waters, and other outdoor recreation resources can be preserved for public use and enjoyment, now and forever.
Stephanie Flynn, Federal Grants Manager, Trust for Public Land
Stephanie is the Federal Grants Manager for Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national nonprofit that works with communities to create parks and protect land for people. In her role, Stephanie helps communities advance their park and open-space goals by identifying and securing grant funding needed to create equitable parks, schoolyards, and trails. She played a key role in the creation and implementation of TPL’s Equitable Communities Fund and has been with TPL since 2017.
Julie Waterman, Advocacy Director, City Parks Alliance
Julie Waterman has over 30 years of experience with non-profit conservation and family planning organizations, focusing on high-profile advocacy, coalition building, board management, public relations, and fundraising. As City Parks Alliance’s Advocacy Director, Julie develops and implements strategies to advance national policies and programs that increase federal investment to city parks. Julie also manages City Parks Alliance’s Mayors for Parks Coalition.