Grant and Fundraising Resources

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

Free Recycling Bins For Parks, Athletic Fields, Waterfront Parks

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) is pleased to announce the 2016 Park Recycling Infrastructure Grant program in partnership with Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Local governments, non-profit organizations and other community groups are eligible to receive recycling bins to collect cans and bottles. For those communities selected to receive a grant, KAB will arrange to have the bins delivered directly to their facility. The grants are intended to help communities increase access to recycling in a range of "on-the-go" settings, including:  

  • Neighborhood parks
  • Public waterfronts or beaches
  • Urban parks
  • Public athletic fields
  • Regional parks and nature trails
  • Outdoor public recreational facilities  

Grants are awarded competitively based on the potential to collect a large quantity of recyclables and expand public access to recycling opportunities among other criteria. For complete details and to submit an online application, visit

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 10.


Fundraising Resources

Fundraising Strategies Online Class

NRPA provides online learning resources, including an online class for fundraising.

This course teaches fundamental best practices and principles of effective and strategic fundraising for park and recreation agencies. CEUs: 0.3

Member: $50 | Non-Member: $65

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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