The Platte County Commission developed the Outreach Grant Program to promote the development of local parks and recreation facilities and programs and to enhance the quality of life for all residents. The program strengthens partnerships between the County, local governments, and non-profit organizations to strategically meet our common goals.
Applicants must be a local government, school district or other public subdivision of the state of Missouri. In addition, IRS-designated non-profit organizations are also eligible to apply. Groups are encouraged to partner with other organizations or the private sector, to provide matching resources for the proposed project.
Approximately $200,000 is available each year for disbursement through this program. Expanding the Outreach Grant Program was one of the first priorities of the county’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The funds are available as a direct result of a half-cent sales tax that was approved by Platte County voters in August 2000 and renewed by the voters in 2009.
Groups who are awarded grants can use the funds for a number of purposes related to parks and recreation. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the development or improvement of recreational facilities such as playgrounds, ball fields and trails. In addition, plans to establish recreational programs are also eligible for grant awards.
Applications may be submitted starting in December of each year and due the following January at the end of the month. For more information, contact Platte County Parks & Recreation at (816) 858-3419.