At a Glance: Grant Programs in North Carolina


local governments

assisted through PARTF


local government projects

funded with PARTF assistance (as of Jan. 1, 2024)


PARTF grants

awarded to local government projects (as of Jan. 1, 2024)


local governments

assisted through LWCF


local government projects

funded with LWCF assistance


LWCF grants

awarded to local government projects

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Recreation Grants and Outreach

About the Program

The Recreation Grants and Outreach team with the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation provides local governments guidance in applying for and managing grants that "help build happiness" all over the state of North Carolina through land acquisition for and development of parks and recreation facilities. Our goal is to assist communities all across the state in their efforts to improve their parks and recreation services, which in turn improves the quality of life for their citizens and helps make their communities more inviting to businesses, new residents, and visitors.

Recreation Grants and Outreach Staff

Manager Vonda Martin
Grants Specialist
Lillian Heaton
Grants Specialist
Mailing Address 1615 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1615
Physical Address N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation
Nature Research Center, 2nd floor
121 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27603


Recreation Resources Services

About RRS

Recreation Resources Service is a technical assistance program jointly administered by the Division and North Carolina State University's Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management.

With its team of consultant, RRS regularly helps local governments submit grant proposals and follows through with project inspections, application processing, conversion issues, and closeout processing.

Technical assistance also includes: assistance with the establishment of new parks and recreation departments; organization and training for new parks and recreation advisory boards; benefits-based programming; playground safety; Job Service Bulletins; grants; and workshops.

Grant funds are distributed through a reimbursement program with RRS consultants processing the reimbursement requests and forwarding them to the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources for payment.

RRS annually conducts the North Carolina Municipal and County Parks and Recreation Services Study. Three research themes (salaries, fees/charges, facilities inventory), budget data, and special interest area data are sought from every public parks and recreation department. With roughly 50 percent responding, about 35,000 data points are collected. That is used to generate an executive summary and is used to generate special request studies, such as salary and fee comparisons.

Annually, RRS also sponsors continuing education opportunities for parks and recreation professionals and citizen board members.