A series of public input meetings will be held across the state to discuss and assess evaluation criteria for awarding funds through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP) Grant and for Local Park Grants programs.
Texas Parks And Wildlife (TPWD) developed the CO-OP in 1996 to help introduce underserved populations to environmental education, conservation and outdoor recreation programs. The program is authorized by the Texas Legislature through TPWD’s budget as a specialized component of the Texas Recreation and Parks Account Program. CO-OP grant funding is available to tax-exempt non-profit organizations, municipalities, universities and local school districts.
The Local Park Grants program consists of five individual programs that assist local units of government with the acquisition and/or development of public recreation areas and facilities throughout the state. The program provides 50 percent matching grants on a reimbursement basis to eligible applicants. All grant assisted sites must be dedicated as parkland in perpetuity, properly maintained and open to the public.
Existing evaluation criteria for each of these grant programs is available online.
Public feedback during upcoming open meetings will assist TPWD in keeping the evaluation criteria relevant for future grant applicants. Those unable to attend a public meeting will also have the opportunity to participate in an online webinar. After the results of public input are collected and reviewed, TPWD staff will propose evaluation criteria rule changes for consideration by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission in early 2019.
The scheduled public meeting for Brownsville will be held at the following time and place:
Thursday, September 20, 2018
9 – 11:30 A.M. For the Local Park Grant Evaluation Criteria Discussion.
1- 3:30 P.M. For the CO-OP Grant Evaluation Criteria Discussion
At Resaca de la Palma State Park
1000 New Carmen Road
Brownsville, Texas 78520