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

Great Urban Parks Campaign Grant

The purpose of this grant opportunity is to demonstrate the effectiveness of green infrastructure to positively affect environmental change in underserved low-income communities and communities of color, and thereby increase community engagement, connection to nature, and physical activity by community residents. This RFA will fund green infrastructure projects in parks that achieve each of the following key objectives:

  1. Increased public access to recreational opportunities and access to nature via parks in underserved low-income communities and communities of color
  2. Improved environmental quality and increased hazard mitigation by reducing flooding, improving the site’s ability to hold and retain stormwater, improving water quality, improving wildlife habitat, and increasing biodiversity
  3. A community engaged in improving environmental quality through green infrastructure solutions to stormwater management

It is anticipated that this RFA will fund grants between $350,000 and $575,000. The maximum grant amount that will be awarded to a single applicant is $575,000. Matching funds are not required. However, it is expected that this grant will supplement substantial secured funding necessary to complete the proposed project. 

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 29th.

Learn more about the Great Urban Parks Campaign Grant.


LWCF Competitive Grant Program

The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP) is a $15 million national competitive grant program that targets underserved communities (population: 50,000 or more) with an emphasis on innovation and partnerships which leverage funding in support of expanding or enhancing outdoor recreation. The ORLP is offered by the National Park Service and is a stand-alone initiative, funded through the LWCF State and Local Assistance Program. This year’s program is now open.

The deadline to apply is Friday, May 20th.

The 2016 ORLP funding announcement is available at Search Grant Opportunity: P16AS00065


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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