What’s the Deal With Matching Funds?

By Elyse Gentile | Posted on August 22, 2023

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When applying for federal grants or loans, applicants often will come across a section titled, “cost sharing or matching requirements.” This part of the grant outlines whether the applicant will be expected to provide a specific portion of funds for the project.

While this may seem simple, there are different levels to which applicants may be expected to provide funds or may be eligible to receive a waiver of the requirement. In addition to each federal funding opportunity being unique in its requirements, each federal department is unique in how it establishes waivers and determines eligibility! 

To help park and recreation professionals navigate these murky waters, NRPA is proud to provide the Fund Matching 101 resource! This guide will help professionals understand what fund matching is, the difference between cash matching and in-kind matching, and how to identify and find the key information regarding matching funds for each grant. 

To access and explore this resource, click the button below:

Fund Matching 101

For more resources and funding opportunities, check out NRPA’s Grant and Fundraising Resources webpage! 

Elyse Gentile (she/her) is the Executive Branch Specialist at NRPA