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Community Outreach / Grant Programs

Oakland County Parks and Recreation supports local recreation programs, trail/park improvement projects and invasive species strategies throughout Oakland County. We work together with local communities to protect natural habitats and bring quality recreation activities to all residents.

OCPR provides this support in numerous ways. A millage request approved by voters in November 2020 provides funds for county-wide invasive species projects that benefit entire communities as well as grants to fund non-motorized trail and park improvement projects. Cities, villages and townships are encouraged to apply for these grants.

In October 2022, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners approved $15 million for Oakland County Parks and Recreation from pandemic relief funds the county received as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Combined with a $5.2 million match from Oakland County Parks and Recreation, this provided the parks system with substantial funds to revitalize and enhance parks located in or servicing residents of communities most impacted by the pandemic, leading to creation of the Healthy Communities Park and Outdoor Recreation Investment Plan.

In addition, the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission has funded the Recreation Assistance Partnership Program (RAPP) since 1982. RAPP provides community grants for recreation opportunities and experiences, including outreach programs, nature education and bus transportation. Our inflatable bouncers, climbing tower and games can be enjoyed at many area parks and community festivals that OCPR collaborates with to host. Applications open to community leaders each year in mid-February.

Thanks to support from voters and the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission, OCPR has expanded its Community Outreach offerings to include Public Outreach Programs (POP) Grants. The new POP Grants program provides programs, services and new initiatives for Oakland County communities and organizations to create new experiences or enhance existing programs.

The POP Grants will run throughout the entire year, with some limitations determined by seasonal weather, staffing and other considerations.

Use the links on the left to learn more about these grants and programs, view annual deadlines and access applications.