SACRAMENTO, Calif. December 21, 2020 – California State Parks is offering virtual application workshops to help local agencies and non-profit organizations prepare for a combined $46.2 million in funding for two new competitive statewide grant programs. The online application workshops will take place starting Jan. 12, 2021 through Feb. 4, 2021 for the Regional Park and the Rural Recreation and Tourism programs. The application deadline to propose projects for both programs is Nov. 5, 2021 by 5 p.m. PST.

“Investing in rural community and regional parks across California is critical in increasing the connection of Californians to the outdoors,” said California State Parks Director Armando Quintero. “State Parks looks forward to working with grant applicants seeking to create new recreation opportunities for the health and wellness of local communities.” 

These competitive grant programs were made possible through the passage of Proposition 68: California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018. The Regional Park Program will create, expand and improve regional parks and facilities across California. The Rural Recreation and Tourism Program will create new recreation opportunities in support of economic and health-related goals with a focus in rural communities. Projects for this program must be located in non-urbanized counties with populations of less than 500,000 people. 

To learn more about the application guide, the workshop agenda and to RSVP to the virtual workshops, see links below.

Application Workshop Schedule:

Regional Park Program Workshops
Thursday, January 14, 202112:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, January 19, 202112:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Thursday, January 28, 202112:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tuesday February 2, 202112:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Rural Recreation and Tourism Program Workshops
Tuesday, January 12, 202112:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Thursday January 21, 202112:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, January 26, 202112:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Thursday, February 4, 202112:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Since 1964, more than 7,500 parks throughout California have been created or improved through grant programs administered by the Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS). The mission of OGALS is to address California’s diverse recreational, cultural and historical resource needs by developing grant programs, administering funds, offering technical assistance, building partnerships and providing leadership through quality customer service. For more information on Proposition 68 programs and other grant programs, visit