DFC Grants

Grant Opportunity to Fund Community Coalitions Preventing Substance Use Among Youth

By Cassie Pais and Kate Clabaugh | Posted on February 28, 2018

Our Commit to Health campaign continues to expand well beyond programming related to nutrition and physical activity.

Read more

us capitol 410

FY19 Presidential Budget Request: Deep Cuts to Park and Rec Priorities

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on February 13, 2018

The White House released its FY19 budget request yesterday, kicking off debate for the next budget cycle.

Read more

arthritis blog

NRPA Asks Congress to Invest in Arthritis

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on February 7, 2018

NRPA asks Congress to fund the CDC Arthritis Program at $16 million to continue its critical work to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis nationwide.

Read more

CTHWalmart 410

Make 2018 the Year of Healthy Out-of-School Time!

By Allison Colman | Posted on February 1, 2018

Since 2014, over 300,000 children have gained access to healthier meals and snacks, additional opportunities to be physically active, evidence-based nutrition education and outdoor play through NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign.

Read more

blog nps poll 410

New National Poll Finds Widespread Opposition to NPS Fee Increases

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on December 22, 2017

Results of a new poll found that 68 percent of respondents were opposed to the raise in fees.

Read More

blog eoy budget holidays 410

Congress is Heading Home for the Holidays

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on December 21, 2017

After an eventful December, Congress is heading home for the holidays with plenty of work left to be done in D.C. after the New Year.

Read More

blog hud park champ 410

Clarksville Bounces Back with Park Champion Event at CDBG-funded Valleybrook Park

By Jayni Rasmussen | Posted on December 6, 2017

Valleybrook Park received a huge revitalization, including new playgrounds, restrooms, a pavilion and more, thanks to a $477,000 federal CDBG Disaster Resilience grant.

Read More

blog national parks 410

Proposal to Double or Triple Daily Entrance Fees at National Parks — A Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on November 17, 2017

The Department of Interior recently issued notice they will significantly raise daily entrance fees for 17 iconic national parks and has requested public comment.

Read More

blog congress budget 410

Hey Congress, If the Budget Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

By Public Policy Team | Posted on November 2, 2017

Congress has passed the FY2018 budget framework, but spending levels for individual programs have not been finalized.

Read More

blog older adults 410

Is Healthy Aging a Major Priority for Your Agency?

By Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on October 27, 2017

Why should we place a priority on serving older adults? Several reasons!

Read More

blog sept afterschool 410

Afterschool Funding Saved

By Allison Colman and Kate Sims | Posted on September 21, 2017

Thanks to great efforts on Capitol Hill and local advocacy efforts from out-of-school time (OST) providers like yourself all summer long, congress voted just last week to restore the funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Center program.

Read more

blog gary sept

Greening Gary, IN from the Ground Up through Community Engagement

By Angela Larsen | Posted on September 15, 2017

The Alliance for the Great Lakes worked with community members in Gary to create meaningful Green Infrastructure projects that matter to them.

Read More

blog podcast 002 pokemon go

Hot Topics: Pokémon Go is Back in the News, Recreation Fees and Cool Streets — Episode 002

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on August 7, 2017

Today’s episode covers three trending topics that have been in the news lately — Pokémon Go and augmented reality games in parks, recreation fees for public land use and cool streets.

Listen to the Podcast

blog july enviro GI 410

Building Relationships to Foster Engagement in the Environment

By Rosie Santos | Posted on July 28, 2017

The NRPA Great Urban Parks Campaign Community Engagement grant program offered us an opportunity to pilot a work study program to arm young people with the necessary knowledge and skills to address real issues in our community.

Read More

AOA photo contest JUNE 410

Federal Funding Sustained for Arthritis Program

By Kate Sims and Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on July 26, 2017

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Funding Bill for FY18, which includes $11 million for the CDC’s Arthritis Program.

Read More

blog senate healthcare pphf

Senate Healthcare Repeal Bill Released: Park and Rec Priorities Fare Worse than in House Bill

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on June 22, 2017

Today the Senate released its healthcare repeal bill, the details of which are deeply troubling for park and recreation priorities.

Read More

May Blog Green Infrastructure_SW Grant 410 2

Healthy Greenspaces, Clean Water, Community Pride

By Jennifer Cox | Posted on May 31, 2017

Green stormwater infrastructure offers a hopeful solution to both environmental and social challenges when implemented in a thoughtful and meaningful way.

Read More

May blog fy18 budget

FY18 Budget Request: The Fine Print Is Out and It’s Not Good for Parks and Rec

By David Tyahla | Posted on May 30, 2017

The full details of President Trump’s budget request for FY18 were released last week, which, if enacted, would mark a devastating divestment in programs critical to parks and recreation across the nation.

Read More