On June 5, 2018, California voters approved Proposition 68, the “Parks and Water Bond Act of 2018” (Senate Bill 5). A number of grant programs for drought, water, parks, climate, coastal protection, and outdoor access will be supported with Proposition 68 bond proceeds. One is the “Per Capita Program”, which provides $185,000,000 to cities and counties statewide for local park rehabilitation, creation and improvements on a per capita basis, with a minimum award of $177,952. Under this program, grant recipients are encouraged to utilize awards to rehabilitate existing infrastructure and to address deficiencies in neighborhoods lacking access to the outdoors.
In March of 2019, the State of California released the Per Capita Grant Program, awarding counties and cities funding for eligible projects based on population. In November 2019, the City Council adopted a resolution to submit a grant application, which would have been due mid 2020. However, due to COVID-19, the grant application deadline was extended to December 2021, allowing more time for community involvement.
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