Accessibility for Parks Grant

The Accessibility for Parks (AFP) program provides $10 million for parks and recreation grants to benefit children and veterans with disabilities in North Carolina. Local governments, including some public authorities, are eligible to apply for the matching grants. The program is administered through the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation and the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.

The matching grants can be used to build accessible facilities or adapt existing facilities that meet the unique needs of children and veterans with physical and developmental disabilities. Local governments can request a maximum of $500,000 with each application and must match the grant with at least $1 of local funds for every $5 in grant funds.

Application Information

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Eligible Applicants

North Carolina counties and incorporated municipalities are eligible to apply. Public authorities, as defined by N.C. General Statute 159-7, are also eligible if they are authorized to develop recreational facilities for the general public.

Eligible Projects

The matching grants can be used to build accessible facilities or adapt existing facilities that meet the unique needs of children and veterans with physical and developmental disabilities. A project must be located on a single site.

Matching Requirement

An applicant must match the grant with $1 of local funds for every $5 of grant funds. The value of in-kind services, such as volunteer work, cannot be used as part of the match.

Applicants Must Have Control of the Park Site

An applicant must own or have at least a 25-year signed lease or easement for the property where a project will be located.

Public Use

Facilities built or renovated with an AFP grant must be available for public recreational use for at least 25 years.

2022 Funding Cycle

March 2022 Announcement The Division of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announces the schedule for the grant program.
Spring 2022 Instructional Video The PARTF program posts the AFP Application Video Guide online to explain the application process and requirements. Viewing is recommended but is not required. RRS regional consultant are available for additional technical assistance.
September 15, 2022 Application Review Deadline Local governments may submit their draft application to their RRS regional consultant for a technical review to ensure that the application is complete.
November 1, 2022 Application Deadline Applications are due. See Page 5 of the application for details on how to submit.
Spring 2023 Selecting Grant Recipients The Parks and Recreation Authority meets to select grant recipients. The meeting date and location will be announced on the N.C. DPR website.

 

Would you like help with your grant application? The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation provides technical assistance to local governments through a contract with Recreation Resources Service (RRS):

RRS regional consultants

Maximum Grant Amount

Applicants can request a maximum grant of $500,000 with each application.

Matching Requirement

An applicant must match the grant with $1 of local funds for every $5 of grant funds. The value of in-kind services, such as volunteer work, cannot be used as part of the match.

Costs to Build or Renovate Facilities

You will be submitting specific cost estimates as part of the grant application. Get estimates from contractors, architects, or planners who develop parks and recreation facilities. Consider the impact of inflation by assuming that the project may be completed over a 3-year period after the grantee signs a contract with the state.

The Parks and Recreation Authority, a nine-member board appointed by the Governor and the General Assembly, selects which applicants will receive funding. The factors considered by the Authority as it selects grant recipients include, but are not limited to:

  • the applicant's project description / justification page
  • the application's ranking based on the scoring system
  • the geographic distribution of funds
  • the population of the applicant
  • the grant funds that the applicant is requesting
  • the grant funds available; and
  • the administration of previous grants
Recreation Grants and Outreach Staff
Manager Vonda Martin
vonda.martin@ncparks.gov
919-707-9338
Recreation Grants Administrator Vacant
Recreation Grants and Outreach Assistant Nate Halubka
nate.halubka@ncparks.gov
919-707-9358
Mailing Address 1615 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1615
Physical Address Division of Parks and Recreation
Nature Research Center, 2nd floor
121 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27603