Fundraising Resources

Current Grant Opportunities

Grants Available for Community Garden - Apply Today!

Through our partnership with Darden Foundation, NRPA is pleased to offer grants for community gardens through the Grow Your Park program. The primary goal of this program is to benefit low-income families through the donation of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Grow Your Park grants are $10,000. Grant funds may be used to build or expand community and/or mobile demonstration gardens (aka truck farms).


Applicants must:

  • Be either a local park and recreation agency (e.g., local government department); or 
  • Be an IRS recognized 501(c) non-profit organization established with the purpose of providing resources to a specific park or park and recreation agency 

Applications are due by midnight Monday, March 31, 2014.

2014 Grow Your Park Grant Application

Fundraising Strategies

This course teaches fundamental best practices and principles of effective and strategic fundraising for park and recreation agencies. The focus is on the process of successful solicitation from private sources of funds, particularly foundations and corporations, and is appropriate for professionals tasked with revenue development and creative partnerships.
CEUs: 0.2 Member: $40 Non-Member: $50

NRPA provides online learning resources, including an online class for fundraising. To access this class, please go to, login (free) and then look up fundraising.

Independent Fundraising Resources

When looking for funding and grants, there are many resources for free and for fee on the Internet. Below are just a few suggestions on where to start your research.

  1. Foundation Center
    The Foundation Center provides both training and research information on corporate and foundation grant programs. Some services are free, but most are for a training fee or fee for database use. The Center also has offices in Atlanta, Cleveland, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC. The foundation database houses a collection of data of over 74,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grant-making public charities. The grants database is a collection of more than 250,000 grants.

  2. Guidestar
    An excellent source of IRS 990 forms for both private and corporate 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
    Hoovers profiles more than 12 million 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.

Interested in learning more about NRPA fundraising resources? Contact Shelley O'Brien at 703.858.2156.