Outdoor Recreation Grants Available

Applications are now being accepted for grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Public outdoor recreation projects sponsored by city, county, township and tribal governments are eligible to receive the grant money. The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides up to 50 percent reimbursement for approved outdoor recreation projects. Grants will be awarded for development or renovation of public outdoor recreation facilities or the acquisition of park land. The grants will be awarded to projects seeking at least $10,000. The application deadline is Nov. 8, 2019. LWCF funds are federal dollars that are apportioned to states by Congress to fund public outdoor recreation projects. Application packets are available on the Game, Fish and Parks website.

Board Positions Open

SDPRA is looking for enthusiastic individuals to serve on the executive board as President Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, and Member-at-Large.

Board members meet 4-5 times each year, with one meeting taking place at the annual conference each fall. Face-to-face meetings work best, but conference call options also exist for those with difficulty traveling each time. Your small commitment can help shape the association, as well as the future of parks and recreation in our state.

Elected positions will be selected by membership vote during the annual conference. We’re also seeking a representative for the student branch. This is an appointed position and serves at the request of the president.

To express an interest in any of these positions, please contact President Brandon Brake before the annual conference.

Nominate someone today for an SDPRA award!

We all know folks that improve our quality of life through their contributions to parks and recreation. Now is the time to shout it from the rooftops. Well, you don’t have to do that, just fill out a quick online form telling us why they’re awesome – we’ll take care of the rest. Nominations are required by Sept. 15. Awards will take place during the annual conference in October.


Student Scholarships Offered

SDPRA is seeking applicants for two $2,000 student scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year. The scholarship program promotes and supports excellence in the field of park and recreation by providing financial assistance for both undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in a South Dakota college and university with parks and recreation emphasis. The application deadline is Aug. 31. Learn more and apply

Scholarship for Parks and Rec Professionals

Apply now for the Christopher K. Jarvi Scholarship to Advance Partnerships scholarship, which was created to help dedicated professionals explore ways to integrate more partnerships into their work to benefit and bring value to parks, public lands and the communities that host them.

Applicants can be from any field of outdoor recreation and can request funding for conferences, single or multiple webinar series, and/or periodicals or training manuals, etc. Recipients will focus on expanding one’s knowledge and capabilities for expanding partnerships that will enhance outdoor recreation agencies. Presented by the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals. Learn more