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TITLE 31NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
PART 2TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT
CHAPTER 61DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
SUBCHAPTER EGUIDELINES FOR ADMINISTRATION OF TEXAS LOCAL PARKS, RECREATION, AND OPEN SPACE FUND PROGRAM
RULE §61.136Small Community Grant Program

(a) Program purpose and priorities. All grant applications submitted to the department for the small community grant program are evaluated for program eligibility and prioritized according to the Project Priority Scoring System set forth in this section. Scored applications are presented to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission for approval. In general, recommended priorities for small community projects are:

  (1) to ensure applicant performance on active grants and compliance at previously assisted grant sites;

  (2) to reward the smallest communities;

  (3) to improve geographic distribution of park and recreation opportunities;

  (4) to maximize the use of funds for outdoor recreation and conservation opportunities;

  (5) to improve park and recreation opportunities for an underserved population;

  (6) to reward cooperative efforts between small communities and other governmental, educational, or private sector entities;

  (7) to renovate existing, obsolete facilities;

  (8) to promote sustainable park design and development; and

  (9) to support the department's Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan.

(b) Small communities project priority scoring system.

  (1) Small community projects presented to the commission shall be scored according to the criteria, rating factors, and point values set forth in this subsection.

  (2) The priority ranking of a project will depend on its score in relation to the scores of other projects under consideration.

  (3) Funding of projects will depend on the availability of TRPA funds.

  (4) Projects which have not been approved after two considerations by the commission, without alterations to significantly raise the project score, shall be returned to the applicant and not accepted for resubmission.

  (5) Each site of a multiple-site project shall be scored individually. Individual site scores will be weighted on a pro-rata share of the total budget for the entire project. All weighted scores will be added together for the total project score.

  (6) If the applicant is in full compliance at previously assisted grant project sites and is progressing on schedule with all active grant projects in accordance with the provisions of this subchapter, the application will be scored and presented for award consideration. If the applicant does not meet the requirements of this paragraph, the application will not be scored or considered further.

  (7) A project proposal meeting the requirements of paragraph (6) of this subsection shall be evaluated according to the extent that:

    (A) the population of the applicant is 2,500 or less (based on the most recent federal census data). Three points will be awarded if the community population is 2,500 or less.

    (B) the project will improve the geographic distribution of park and recreation lands and facilities in the project's service area or within the applicant's jurisdiction, up to a maximum of 10 points.

      (i) the project provides the first public park in the applicant's jurisdiction or intended service area: 10 points; or

      (ii) the project provides significantly new and different park and recreation opportunities (other than school facilities) at the project site. One point per facility identified by documented public input process to be a need: up to 3 points.

    (C) the project maximizes the use of development funds for direct outdoor recreation and conservation opportunities, up to a maximum of 10 points, as determined by dividing the direct recreational and conservation costs by the total construction costs and multiplying the result by 10.

    (D) the project improves park and recreation opportunities for an underserved population, up to a maximum of 12 points.

      (i) the project improves opportunities for low-income citizens (based on economic and demographic data for the service area from the most recent federal census data). Points will be calculated by multiplying the percentage of population qualifying as low income by five. Maximum of five points.

      (ii) the project improves opportunities for minority citizens (based on economic and demographic data for the service area from the most recent federal census data). Points will be calculated by multiplying the percentage of population qualifying as minority by five. Maximum of five points.

      (iii) the project provides park and recreation opportunities for physically/mentally challenged citizens, which exceed the federal and state required accessibility standards. 2 points.

    (E) the project involves local resources or documented cooperation between the applicant and other public or private entities to provide park and recreation opportunities at the project site(s). Maximum of 10 points.

      (i) project includes documented contributions via the applicant or outside resources above the 50% required match. Up to five points will be awarded based on the following criteria: (Additional Contribution Amount / Required Match) x 5.

      (ii) the project involves the contribution of resources from sources other than the sponsor, including publicly owned non-parkland, which serves as all or part of the sponsor's matching share of funds. Up to five points may be awarded on a percentage basis, as determined by dividing the total outside contribution value by the total match and multiplying the result by five.

    (F) the project provides for the renovation of an existing obsolete facility or facilities, as determined by dividing the renovation cost by the total construction cost and multiplying the result by ten. Maximum of ten points.

    (G) the project promotes sustainable park design and development. Points for this category will be awarded based on how the overall project embraces sustainable techniques in the design and construction of the park, including but not limited to the diversity, innovative nature and/or cost of the project elements, up to a maximum of 5 points.

    (H) project supports the department's Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan (Plan). Applicant must address how the project meets the goals of the Plan in the proposal narrative, up to a maximum of 2 points.

    (I) applicant is in compliance with previously funded projects. If applicant is not in compliance with existing grant obligations, 5 points will be deducted from the project score.

    (J) a complete application was received by the application deadline - 5 points will be awarded to the project score.


Source Note: The provisions of this §61.136 adopted to be effective June 4, 2002, 27 TexReg 4711; amended to be effective May 1, 2005, 30 TexReg 2556; amended to be effective July 3, 2008, 33 TexReg 5012; amended to be effective February 2, 2009, 34 TexReg 666; amended to be effective July 15, 2014, 39 TexReg 5407

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