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PARTF 25th Anniversary

The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019.

PARTF 25th Anniversary

The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund is 25 years old!

Since 1994, the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) awards matching grants to local governments for parks, public beach access and improvements in state parks. The statewide program helps local governments reach their park and public access goals to improve the quality of life in their communities.


Where do PARTF funds come from?

The North Carolina General Assembly funds PARTF each year at different levels.


Who decides where the PARTF funds go?

The Parks and Recreation Authority (PRA), a citizen board, allocates PARTF funds to applicants. The PRA is a nine-member group appointed by the Governor, the President Pro Tem of the North Carolina Senate and the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives.

The PRA has selected grant recipients and allocated money from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund since 1997. Innovative, high-quality park projects in all 100 North Carolina counties have been awarded PARTF funds.


How does the PRA select grant recipients?

Local governments apply for PARTF grants each year. The PRA solicits comments and input from local governments and the public about each project. Applications are evaluated according to:

  • quality of planning
  • public involvement in the planning process
  • recreation facilities provided
  • quality of site with respect to its surroundings
  • quality of park land to be acquired
  • the applicant's ability to operate and maintain the park project


How is PARTF funding divided up?

The money from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund is allocated as follows:

  • 65 percent for North Carolina state parks capital projects, repairs and renovations of facilities, and land acquisition;
    • 4 percent of these funds go to the DuPont State Recreational Forest.
  • 30 percent for local government grants on a dollar-for-dollar basis, which create or improve parks and recreational projects;
  • 5 percent for the Coastal and Estuarine Water Beach Access Program

No more than 3 percent may be used for administration of the funds.


What do our communities get out of this?

PARTF has helped build and maintain parks, greenways, trails, playground, water access and so much more! PARTF grants create opportunities for staying active and enjoying the outdoors, while bolstering our state and local economies and quality of life.



Photos of PARTF-funded projects





Map of PARTF grant recipients

PARTF grant recipients as of 2018