Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program

  • Program Objective:

    The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program provides matching grants to states and local governments for the development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities in urban areas.

    Michigan's 2018-2022 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) assesses the existing outdoor recreation facilities and resources and growing demands for recreation activities and evaluates national and state trends. The plan establishes priority strategies for achieving outdoor recreation goals and provides guidance for the next five years for all levels of government in Michigan and their local outdoor recreation partners and stakeholders.

    Michigan's 2018-2022 SCORP


    Applications are evaluated using established criteria and alignment with Michigan's SCORP. The criteria used to evaluate the projects is Relevance of Proposed Project to Core Program Goals, Technical Merit and Qualification of Applicants and Financial Support and Leveraging. Detailed information on the scoring criteria and application requirements can be found in the FY 20 ORLP Funding Opportunity and Requirements – NPS document. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) can only select three applications for submittal to the National Park Service (NPS) for consideration in the nationwide competition.

    Applicant Eligibility:

    Any unit of government, including Native American tribes, or any combination of units in which authority is legally constituted to provide recreation. Applicants must have a DNR-approved community five-year recreation plan to be eligible.

    Application Process:

    1. Submittal of a pre-application
    2. Evaluation by DNR staff
    3. Selection by the DNR to the NPS
    4. Panel Review of pre-applications received nationwide
    5. Final approval of project by the NPS


    Applications must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2020. To be eligible to apply for a recreation grant, the 5-year recreation plan must be approved by the DNR.

    Dollar Amount Available:

    The minimum grant request amount is $300,000 and the maximum grant request amount is $1 million

    Source of Funds:

    Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund


    Part 703 of P.A. 451 of 1994, as amended


    Program Manager: Christie Bayus 517-284-5923, bayusc@michgan.gov or Grants Management Staff 517-284-7268