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

Current NRPA Grant Opportunities

There are no grant opportunities at this time.

Other Grant Opportunities

Voices for Healthy Kids OST Policy Lever

This funding is specifically limited to proposals in the areas of school health (physical activity/physical education, junk food marketing, wellness, ESSA, school food, and water), early care and education, and out-of-school time policy levers. The deadline for submission is December 8, 2017 at 5 p.m. PST. Visit the grant portal to apply today.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Invites Applications From Youth Baseball Programs

Grants will be awarded to underwrite a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a collaborative effort, or secure facilities or equipment necessary for a youth baseball or softball program. Deadline to apply is January 1.

Recreational Trails Program Funding Opportunities

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) posted two grant opportunities related to the Recreational Trails Program. The application deadline for Youth Service and Conservation Corps Workforce Development is January 8. The application deadline for National Trails System Information, Corridor Protection, and Training is January 9.

America's Promise Healthy Schools Fund

The goal of the grant is to activate and align existing and new stakeholders at both the local and national levels to build demand for healthy schools. America's Promise will award three to five grants of up to $150,000 each per year for two years to collaborative efforts that display alignment with this vision and a proven ability to accelerate positive change for young people in schools and their communities. Applicants should be public, private and non-profit organizations with an explicit mission to serve children, youth and communities. For more information and additional support with the grant process, please contact NRPA Program Manager Allison Colman. Application deadline is January 22. 

Scholarships Available for National Child Nutrition Conference

The National Child Nutrition Foundation is offering more than $20,000 in scholarships for the CACFP community to attend the annual conference, held in San Antonio April 19-21. Fifteen scholarship recipients will receive funds to cover registration and hotel fees and travel expenses. The deadline for the scholarship application is Wednesday, January 24. Apply today!

LISC/ESPN Pilot Home Court Program Grant

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation has issued a Request for Proposals for its LISC/ESPN Pilot Home Court Program. This collaboration between ESPN and LISC, the program provides nonprofit neighborhood-based organizations, middle schools, and high schools with financing and technical assistance for use in improving the quality, safety, and accessibility of local basketball courts in selected markets. Application deadline is January 31. Apply here.

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 Cassie Pais at 703.858.2151.

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