The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) periodically posts information about grant and fundraising opportunities that are available for park and recreation agencies.


Current Grant Opportunities

Healthy Aging in Parks

NRPA, with the support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is now accepting applications for Instructor Training Grants for Physical Activity Programs. This grant allows local parks and recreation agencies and their community partners to train staff to implement the evidence-based physical activity programs, Walk With Ease, Active Living Every Day and Fit & Strong! A total of 275 Instructor Training grants will be awarded.

The deadline for this grant application is Monday, November 6th.

Learn More About This Grant Opportunity



Baseball and Softball Field Refurbishment Grants

Scotts and Major League Baseball launched a national grant program to select youth fields for renovation. The Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program will provide grants of products and services, including infield sod, that each have a collective value of up to $50,000 to five organizations with ballfields in need of renovation. To be considered, applying organizations across the U.S. must provide programming to youth in underserved areas. In addition to the grant, Scotts will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony, organize a youth baseball clinic with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and donate new equipment to the local youth leagues.

The deadline for this grant application is November 15, 2017.

Learn More and Apply  


Fundraising Resources

NRPA provides online learning resources. Browse the online learning catalog. 

Independent Fundraising Resources

When looking for funding and grants, there are many resources available on the Internet. Below are just a few suggestions on where to start your research.

  1. Foundation Center: Provides both training and research information on corporate and foundation grant programs. The grants database is a collection of thousands of grants.
  2. Guidestar: An excellent source of IRS 990 forms for foundations and other non-profit organizations.
  3. Chronicle of Philanthropy: The Chronicle is a newspaper for non-profit news publishing, fundraising trends, resources, and recent grants.
  4. Non-profit Times: Non-profit management newspaper.
  5. Hoovers: Profiles millions of U.S. companies. It is a great source for employee contact information.
  6. Fortune Magazine: A resource for identifying companies by state and industry.
  7. Leadership Directories
  8. Google, Yahoo Finance, and other general search engines.
  9. Newspapers and magazines like the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, New York Times.

If you are interested in learning more about NRPA's fundraising resources please contact Rachel Banner at 703.858.2159.

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