Georgia Department of Natural Resources Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division Becky Kelley, Director 2 MLK, Jr. Drive, Suite 1352, Atlanta, Georgia 30334 PHONE 404/656-9448 FAX 404/651-5871 email@example.com Frequently Asked Questions and Answers Q: What was the basis for developing the criteria used to award grants? A: The criteria are based on the issues identified in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). A copy can be downloaded from www.gastateparks.org/scorp Q: Does the LWCF grant program make grants for planning? A: No, grants are only awarded to proposals that target: 1) acquisition, 2) development, and 3) rehabilitation efforts. However, proposals that are the result of an organized planning effort will generally score higher than those that are not. The purpose of giving this advantage is to encourage jurisdictions to demonstrate a thoughtful process for investing in outdoor recreation facilities and services. Q: Can I apply for a grant to assist with the construction of indoor recreation facilities? A: No, the program is specifically for outdoor recreation. Q: What is the difference between a “Community of Opportunity” and a “designated Community of Opportunity?” A: Our sister agency, the GA Department of Community Affairs (DCA), has begun a pilot program to identify those jurisdictions that would benefit most from the kinds of funding and services provided by DCA. A jurisdiction that has been identified as such is called a “Community of Opportunity.” However, just because a community has been identified doesn‟t mean they have to participate in DCA‟s program. Only those jurisdictions that sign a special agreement with DCA are called „designated Community of Opportunity.” Q: Are „under-served‟ populations the same as minority populations? A: No. An under-served population is a segment of the population that is not currently being served by your recreation facilities and is specific to each area. As an example, senior citizens of a community (independent of their race) might be considered an “under-served” population if the only outdoor recreation facility in the community is a skateboard park. Q: What types of documents are needed to support questions that address design and materials for my project? A: It is not enough to simply present the “design concept” for a proposed project, applicants must be able to demonstrate that detailed plans have been developed to help ensure the successful implementation of a project. Q: Can my project include a combination of acquisition and/or development and/ or rehabilitation? A: Yes, it can. In fact, these so-called „combination projects‟ often score higher than single- purpose projects.
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