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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Hometown Indiana Grant Program Hometown Indiana Grant Program

There are no funds available for 2003 and beyond.

What is the Hometown Indiana grant program?
The Hometown Indiana Grant Program Act was established in 1988 by the Indiana General Assembly and became effective on July 1 of that year. The program is a state matching assistance program that provides grants for 50% of the costs for the acquisition and/or development of recreation sites and facilities, historic preservation and urban forestry.

Where are funds from?
Appropriations to finance the Hometown Indiana Grant Program are determined every two years by the General Assembly. The biennial allotment is divided among the Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Outdoor Recreation, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, and the Division of Forestry who respectively administer parks and recreation, historic preservation and forestry grants.

How is funding received?
Since Hometown Indiana is a reimbursing program, the project sponsor does not receive the grant funds at the time an application is approved. The sponsor must have the local matching 50% of the project cost available prior to application, and they are then reimbursed 50% of the actual cost of the project.

What are local sources of funding?
State funds must be matched with at least 50% of the total project cost from the local sponsor. The local match may consist of budget appropriations; bond issues; loans; private donations of equipment, materials, land and cash; and force account contributions of equipment and labor.

Grant funding amounts.
The Hometown Indiana grant applicants may request amounts ranging from a minimum of $10,000 up to a maximum of $200,000. Application deadlines for the park and recreation category of Hometown Indiana are still to be determined. Applications will be available upon request from the Division of Outdoor Recreation once the grant round has been established.

Who is eligible?
To be eligible for the park and recreation category of the Hometown Indiana grant program you must be a municipal corporation as defined by Indiana Code, and have an up-to-date five year park and recreation master plan, or a comprehensive plan which includes parks and recreation development. The comprehensive plan must meet the same criteria as a park and recreation master plan. Either document must be approved and on file at the Division of Outdoor Recreation prior to approval of the Hometown Indiana grant application.

Who administers the program?
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources administers the three elements of the Hometown Indiana grant program through its Division of Outdoor Recreation, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, and the Division of Forestry.

What types of projects may be funded?
Grant applications for the park and recreation category may consist of land acquisition and/or facility construction or renovation. Both indoor and outdoor recreation facilities are eligible for the Hometown Indiana program funding assistance. Eligible types of development include:

  • Natural areas
  • Interpretive facilities
  • Linear greenways and trails
  • Sports and playfields
  • Recreation centers
  • Nature centers
  • Camping and support facilities

All facilities should be universally designed for persons with disabilities and the Park board’s facilities, programs and activities must be open to the public without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national, origin, age or handicap.

How do I apply?
The HI manual serves as the guidelines and application. Please use this document to complete your application. The appendix has all the forms needed to apply. If you want to know more about the Hometown grant or to receive the application/guidelines, contact…

Bob Bronson
State & Community Outdoor Recreation Planning Section
Division of Outdoor Recreation
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
402 West Washington Street, Room 271
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2782
(317) 232-4070
Fax: (317) 233-4648
Email: bbronson@dnr.IN.gov

If you want to know more about Division of Historic Preservation or the Division of Forestry Hometown Indiana grants, contact…

Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology
402 W. Washington St., Room 274
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739
(Phone) (317) 232-1646
(Fax) (317) 232-0693

Division of Forestry
402 W. Washington St., Room 296
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2639
(Phone) (317) 915-9390 or (317) 232-4105
(Fax) (317) 233-3863

The Division of Outdoor Recreation has guidelines for preparing 5-year park and recreation master plans.