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

Meet Me at the Park

Through Meet Me at the Park, NRPA in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company understand the need to improve access to outdoor play. Thanks to a grant from Disney, NRPA is excited to continue the Meet Me at the Park program in 2018 and provide additional communities with increased access to inclusive play spaces in local parks for children and families. The application deadline is March 1.

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10-Minute Walk Technical Assistance

With support from The JPB Foundation and an Anonymous Funder, NRPA will be offering grants and technical assistance to support planning efforts that help cities increase access to high quality parks within a 10-minute walk. The application deadline is March 9.

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Healthy Out-of-School Time Grant

This year, get kids in your community eating healthy, moving more and learning about healthy living with NRPA’s 2018 Healthy Out-of-School Time Grant! With support from the Walmart Foundation, NRPA is excited to offer grants for the fourth year in a row to support access to healthy foods through the federal nutrition programs at park and recreation sites. Grants also support the implementation of healthy eating and physical activity standards during out-of-school time through NRPA’s Commit to Health initiative. The application deadline is March 16.

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Other Grant Opportunities

Park Recycling Infrastructure Grant

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Keep America Beautiful (KAB) are offering new recycling bins to local, regional, and state parks to support local community efforts to expand recycling. Awards will also include technical support to reinforce recycling behavior in park settings. All applicants, including those not funded, will have the opportunity to purchase additional recycling bins at a discounted price. Applications are due February 23. Learn more and apply

Safe Routes to Parks Grant Funds Available

The JPB Foundation has provided a grant to the National Partnership to fund the Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program designed to increase safe and equitable access to parks. The program will provide grant funds to local communities, in addition to training, coaching and technical assistance to support the development of action plans to improve safe and equitable park access in a total of 20 diverse communities across the nation over the next two years. Nationally available resources will also be developed to advance the work and virtually support other communities seeking to implement the Safe Routes to Parks framework locally. Ten communities will be selected to begin work this spring. Applications are due Feb. 23. Learn more and apply.   

SAMHSA Treatment for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for the Treatment for Individuals Experiencing Homeless funding opportunity. This program supports the development and/or expansion of the local implementation of an infrastructure that integrates behavioral health treatment and recovery support services for individuals, youth, and families with a serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, or co-occurring disorder such as a substance use disorder. All public and private nonprofit organizations including governmental units are eligible to apply. Applications are due March 9. Learn more and apply.

Butterfly Conservation Mini-Grants

The Association for Butterflies (AFB) is currently accepting applications for the Butterfly Mini-Grant program. Parks, communities, nonprofits, and other groups are encouraged to apply for matching grants for conservation-minded projects that benefit butterflies and/or their habitat. Examples of eligible projects including planting a Monarch Waystation, pollinator friendly gardens, butterfly education areas, and native plant areas. Applications are due March 30. Learn more and apply.

Pool Safely Grant Program (PSGP)

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is currently accepting applications for the Pool Safely Grant Program. State and local governments can apply for up to $250,000 for a two-year period to help implement enforcement and education programs with the goal of preventing drownings and drain entrapment in pools and spas. Applications are due April 2. Learn more and apply.

Tony Hawk Foundation – Skatepark Grants

The Tony Hawk Foundation is accepting applications to build high quality, public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States. Nonprofit organizations and state and local agencies may apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000. Application deadline is June 11. Learn more and apply.

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. Crowdfunding Toolkit
  5. Non-profit Times: Non-profit management newspaper.
  6. Hoovers: Profiles millions of U.S. companies. It is a great source for employee contact information.
  7. Fortune Magazine: A resource for identifying companies by state and industry.
  8. Leadership Directories
  9. Google, Yahoo Finance, and other general search engines.
  10. 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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