Funding available to expand outdoor recreation opportunities in urban areas

May 26, 2021

Grant applications for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program are due August 2

Columbia, S.C.
– The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT) is accepting grant applications on behalf of the National Park Service for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP). Applications are due to the SCPRT by August 2, 2021.

ORLP is a nationally competitive grant for urban areas to add access to their outdoor recreation opportunities. A subset of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, ORLP helps urban communities create new spaces, reinvigorate existing parks and grow the connection between people and the outdoors through matching grant opportunities. This is the fifth ORLP funding cycle and more than $125 million is available.

ORLP eligible projects directly benefit low income neighborhoods, are designed through engagement with neighborhood residents to ensure the project meets their recreation needs and interests, and ideally help provide economic benefits to the community, such as through job creation.

Land and Water Conservation Fund lead agencies may request grants on behalf of the state or eligible local jurisdictions. If the project sponsor is a state agency or county, the project must serve an eligible city of 50,000 or more people within a designated urbanized area.

Interested applicants should contact Justin Hancock, SCPRT’s Director of Recreation, Grants and Policy, at The National Park Service reviews and makes final award decisions for ORLP. Read their Notice of Funding Opportunity here

For more information about SCPRT grant programs visit

For more information, contact Sam Queen at or 803-767-3568. 


Updated May 28, 2021 to remove listing of eligible areas. Please contact if you have questions about what areas in South Carolina are eligible.

Need more information?   Sam Queen
Director of Corporate Communications
SC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism
1205 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC 29201
| 803-734-1779
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