September 30, 2014
Park Districts in Park River and Drayton in securing funds from the latest funding round of the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF) for the construction of RV Parks.
- Park River Sports Complex is a 40-acre project that will begin with the construction of a 20-site RV park. The site is located on the eastern edge of Park River with access from Highway 17. The OHF application included a funding request to also support the construction of a new baseball diamond complex, which was not funded at this time. The RV park portion of the project was awarded $230,000 from OHF. Kyle Halverson, Park District President, presented to the OHF Advisory Board on September 5 in Bismarck.
- Drayton RV Park is a 20-acre project that will include the construction of a 70-site recreational use campground. The site for this new campground is on the north edge of the City near the I-29 exit. American Crystal Sugar Company has donated $110,000 for the development and expansion of the new campground. The campground received $125,000 from OHF with a total project cost of $453,000. Ross Lambert, Park Direct Vice President, presented to the OHF Advisory Board on September 5 in Bismarck.
The Park Districts hired the RRRC staff to provide grantwriting and presentation materials to both Park Districts. RRRC staff also accompanied the applicants to the OHF meeting.
The OHF was created during the 2013 Legislative Session with an estimated $35 million for the 2013-2015 biennium to fund projects under the following four directives:
- Directive A – Provide access to private and public lands for sportsmen, including projects that create fish and wildlife habitat and provide access for sportsmen;
- Directive B – Improve, maintain, and restore water quality, soil conditions, plant diversity, animal systems, and to support other practices of stewardship to enhance farming and ranching;
- Directive C – Develop, enhance, conserve, and restore wildlife and fish habitat on private and public lands; and
- Directive D – Conserve natural areas for recreation through the establishment and development of parks and other recreation areas.
The next OHF application deadline is November 1. Applicants must be a State Agency, Political Subdivision, Tribal Entity or a Tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation.
If you have a project that you believe fits one of these directives and would like assistance in writing the grant, contact Jolene at 701.352.3550 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.