The Project Funding Assistance Program has been in place since 1999 when the citizens approved a $5.75 million bond proposition for Parks and Open Space. Those funds were used to create Collin County's
Parks and Open Space Strategic Plan and assisted with the advancement of 33 projects for twenty-five different entities over a 3-year period. In 2003, the citizens approved an $11 million bond proposition that allowed us to expand an already successful program. The 2003 funds supported the development of 45 projects for twenty-nine different entities over a 5-year period.
In November 2007, the citizens of Collin County approved a $17 million bond proposition for Parks and Open Space. Over the next six years (2009-2016) Collin County will make these funds accessible to cities and non-profit organizations within the County. These funds will be obtainable through an application process to assist with the acquisition of park land, trail construction and park/open space improvements.
The Collin County Parks Foundation Advisory Board administers the Project Funding Assistance Program. This is a
re-imbursement program. Applicants must have at minimum dollar for dollar in matching funds, comprised of direct cash or in-kind services, for the project being proposed.
Eligible applicants must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, nonpolitical groups, or any unit of local government including municipalities, school districts, or county located in Collin County, Texas. Faith-based organizations are eligible to apply as long as inherently religious activities, such as worship and religious instruction are not conducted.
Proposed project goals must be similar to and support or advance the mission published in the
Collin County Parks and Open Space Strategic Plan (October 2001). The
executive summary of this plan is made available on the Collin County website or you may request a complete copy by emailing
Information regarding the Project Funding Assistance Program is presented in the
General Guidelines and Instructions. The
Funding Application* is now a fillable form.
An original and 12 copies of your application packet should be submitted to Collin County Special Projects, 4690 Community Avenue, Suite 200, McKinney, Texas 75071. For expediency please staple upper left corner on ALL packets of information submitted.
The 2007 Parks and Open Space bond funds have all been allocated and/or expended. We are no longer accepting application for this program. To stay up-to-date for future funding availability send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your entity, name, and address to be placed on a mailing list.
General questions can be addressed by phoning (972) 548-3744.
*Note: If you have trouble opening or using the Funding Application document, please check that your Microsoft Word macro security is not set too high. To change this setting within Microsoft Word, go to the "Tools" menu and then select "Options". Then click on the "Security" tab and click on the "Macro Security" button. On the next window that appears, select the "Security Level" tab, change the level to "Medium" or lower, and then click the "OK" button.