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54 U.S. Code § 200502 - Federal assistance

(a) Eligibility Determined by Secretary.—
Eligibility of general purpose local governments for assistance under this chapter shall be based on need as determined by the Secretary. The Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register a list of local governments eligible to participate in this program, to be accompanied by a discussion of criteria used in determining eligibility. Criteria shall be based on factors that the Secretary determines are related to deteriorated recreational facilities or systems and physical and economic distress.
(b) Additional Eligible General Purpose Local Governments.—
In addition to eligible local governments established in accordance with subsection (a), the Secretary may establish eligibility, in accord with the findings and purpose of the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Act of 1978 (Public Law 95–625, 92 Stat. 3538), of other general purpose local governments in metropolitan statistical areas as defined by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
(c) Priority Criteria for Project Selection and Approval.—
(1) In general.—The Secretary shall establish priority criteria for project selection and approval that consider such factors as—
condition of existing recreation areas and facilities;
demonstrated deficiencies in access to neighborhood recreation opportunities, particularly for minority and low- and moderate-income residents;
public participation in determining rehabilitation or development needs;
the extent to which a project supports or complements target activities undertaken as part of a local government’s overall community development and urban revitalization program;
(F) the extent to which a proposed project would provide—
employment opportunities for minorities, youth, and low- and moderate-income residents in the project neighborhood;
for participation of neighborhood, nonprofit, or tenant organizations in the proposed rehabilitation activity or in subsequent maintenance, staffing, or supervision of recreation areas and facilities; or
both; and
the amount of State and private support for a project as evidenced by commitments of non-Federal resources to project construction or operation.
(2) At-risk youth recreation grants.—For at-risk youth recreation grants, the Secretary shall give a priority to each of the following criteria:
Programs that are targeted to youth who are at the greatest risk of becoming involved in violence and crime.
Programs that teach important values and life skills, including teamwork, respect, leadership, and self-esteem.
Programs that offer tutoring, remedial education, mentoring, and counseling in addition to recreation opportunities.
Programs that offer services during late night or other nonschool hours.
Programs that demonstrate collaboration between local park and recreation, juvenile justice, law enforcement, and youth social service agencies and nongovernmental entities, including the private sector and community and nonprofit organizations.
Programs that leverage public or private recreation investments in the form of services, materials, or cash.
Programs that show the greatest potential of being continued with non-Federal funds or that can serve as models for other communities.
(d) Limitation of Funds.—
Grants to discretionary applicants under subsection (b) may not be more than 15 percent of the total amount of funds appropriated under this chapter for rehabilitation grants, innovation grants, and recovery action program grants.

Historical and Revision Notes



Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)


16 U.S.C. 2504.

Pub. L. 95–625, title X, § 1005, Nov. 10, 1978, 92 Stat. 3540; Pub. L. 103–322, title III, § 31503, Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 1889.

In subsection (a), the words “Within one hundred and twenty days after November 10, 1978” are omitted as obsolete.

In subsection (b), the word “standard” is omitted as obsolete. The words “the Director of the Office of Management and Budget” are substituted for “census”. See 31 U.S.C. 1104(d), Executive Order No. 10253 (31 U.S.C. 1104 note), and 44 U.S.C. 3504(e)(3).

Editorial Notes
References in Text

The Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Act of 1978 (Public Law 95–625, 92 Stat. 3538), referred to in subsec. (b), is title X of Pub. L. 95–625, Nov. 10, 1978, 92 Stat. 3538, which was classified generally to chapter 45 (§ 2501 et seq.) of Title 16, Conservation. The Act was substantially repealed and restated as this chapter by Pub. L. 113–287, §§ 3, 7, Dec. 19, 2014, 128 Stat. 3180, 3272. The findings and purposes of the Act are contained in sections 1002 and 1003 of the Act. Section 1002 was classified to section 2501 of Title 16 and was omitted from the Code. Section 1003 is set out as a note under section 200501 of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Tables. For disposition of former sections of Title 16, see Disposition Table preceding section 100101 of this title.