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TPWD News Release — Sept. 10, 2007

TPWD To Hold Hearings for Local Grants Program

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Recreation Grants Program has scheduled a round of public hearings to present information about and solicit input on the local park grant program.

The program includes Outdoor Grants, Indoor Grants, Small Community Grants, Regional Grants, Community Grants, Regional Grants, Community Outdoor Outreach Program Grants, Recreational Trails Grants and Boating Access Grants.

“We’re going to talk about existing programs, deadlines and what the programs do,” said Tim Hogsett, TPWD’s recreation grants director. “We also want to know whether people like the current deadlines and amounts they can apply for, and in particular the scoring systems — the criteria we use to evaluate projects and make recommendations to the TPW Commission.”

Grants are generally awarded twice a year, typically on a matching basis, and different grant programs are funded by state and federal sporting goods and gasoline taxes. In August 2006, TPW awarded more than $4 million in grant funding for local parks across the state.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department administers the Recreation and Parks Account program and uses a priority scoring system to determine which projects are eligible to receive matching grant funds for recreational projects. For more information on local park grants, call the Recreation Grants division of Texas Parks and Wildlife at (512) 912-7124 or e-mail rec.grants@tpwd.texas.gov.

Local governments such as cities, counties, municipal utility districts and water districts depend on these grants to develop public outdoor recreation facilities for playgrounds, sports, trails, hunting, fishing, aquatic activities, camping and beautification.

Local governments such as cities, counties, municipal utility districts and water districts depend on these grants to develop public outdoor recreation facilities for playgrounds, sports, trails, hunting, fishing, aquatic activities, camping and beautification.

Hearings are scheduled for 9:00 am–noon at these locations:

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