The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) periodically posts information about grant and fundraising opportunities that are available for park and recreation agencies and affiliated friends groups and 501(c)(3) nonprofits.
Current NRPA Grant Opportunities
Instructor Training Grants for Physical Activity Programs
NRPA, with the support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is now accepting applications for Instructor Training Grants for Physical Activity Programs. Applications are due by November 26.
Learn more and apply
Green Stormwater Infrastructure Training Opportunity
NRPA is offering training scholarships for park and recreational professionals to participate in a National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP), which certifies professionals to properly build, inspect and maintain green stormwater infrastructure practices. The training is being held in Atlanta, GA on May 11-14, 2020 and interested professionals are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by December 13.
Learn more and apply
Other Grant Opportunities
United Fresh Start Foundation Community Innovation Grants Program
The Community Innovation Grants program is supporting visionary initiatives and research to increase children's access, selection, and consumption of fresh produce while they are outside of school. This year, a total of $50,000 is available to support at least give grants. Nonprofit organizations, park and recreation agencies, schools, and other local entities are eligible to apply. Special consideration will be given to projects that work to address barriers to fresh produce access, selection, and consumption in retail and food service environments. Applications are due December 1. Learn more and apply.
Core Grants Food and Farm Communications Fund
The Core Grants Program is the central offering of the Food and Farm Communications Fund, awarding targeted communications support to community-based nonprofit organizations and grassroots networks working to advance systemic and cultural change across our food and farm systems. The Fund recognizes that the voices and expertise of those who have been historically marginalized by powerful actors in the food system, are often not heard, yet critical to the change we seek. We prioritize grassroots work led by people of color, indigenous communities, farmers, farmworkers, fishermen, and food workers. Letters of Intent are due December 9. Learn more and apply.
Asphalt Art Initiative Grant Program
The Asphalt Art Initiative grant program from Bloomberg Philanthropies is designed to fund visual art interventions on roadways, pedestrian spaces, and public infrastructure in U.S. cities with populations of 30,000-500,000 with the goal of improving street and pedestrian safety, revitalizing and beautifying underutilized public space, and promoting collaboration and civic engagement in local communities. Applications are due December 12. Learn more and apply.
Accelerating Disability Inclusion: Community-Based Micro-grants
Are you interested in addressing gaps in inclusion and accessibility in your community? Proposals are now being accepted for a community-based micro-grant program that promotes accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities in health promotion and wellness activities. This program will award grants up to $5,000 for projects that support disability inclusion strategies that make healthier choices the easier choices for all people in areas where they may live, learn, work, play, pray, and receive care. Applications are due December 16. Learn more and apply.
Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities Program
The Safe Routes Partnership invites communities and organizations working to improve safe, equitable access to local parks to apply for the 2020 Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program. The program provides tailored technical assistance for seven communities to develop Safe Routes to Parks action plans and awards $12,500 to each community to begin implementation of those plans. Applications are due December 16. Learn more and apply here.
2020 Leadership to Community Resilience Program
National League of Cities member cities are eligible to participate in the 2020 Leadership to Community Resilience (LCR) program. The goal of this program is to improve the capacity of local governments as they identify and achieve their climate resilience and disaster preparedness benchmarks. Selected cities may receive a $10,000 grant to build local resilience capacity, technical assistance from NLC staff, participation in an in-person convening, and a visit from NLC staff. Applications are due by December 20. Learn more and apply.
Home Depot Foundation: Community Impact Grants
The Home Depot Foundation is accepting applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and public agencies that use the power of volunteers to improve the community. The Foundation awards grants of up to $5,000 in the form of gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Projects should serve veterans within local communities and/or diverse and underserved communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until December 31. Learn more and apply.
GameTime Playground Grants
GameTime is helping communities bring play to more children and families by setting aside significant playground grant funds toward the purchase of new play systems. For a limited time, GameTime is offering up to 100 percent matching funds on eligible play systems. Grant funds are awarded based on need. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more and apply.
Waste Management Charitable Giving
Waste Management offers charitable gifts to promote civic pride, economic development and revitalization. Waste Management primarily supports environmental initiatives, including promoting parklands and green spaces for people to enjoy and play, and environmental education initiatives targeted at middle and high school students. Eligible entities include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and public organizations. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Learn more and apply.
Lisa Libraries Grant Program
Nonprofit organizations that serve low-income or underserved areas are eligible to apply for in-kind donations from The Lisa Libraries. Lisa Libraries provides donations of free books for community facilities to host their own small libraries or operate programs were children can take the book home. While book donations are free, The Lisa Libraries requests that recipients cover the shipping and handling costs, which are based on the destination and quantity of books. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Learn more and apply.
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation Grant Program
Municipal entities, local nonprofits, and public schools are eligible to apply to support the planting of fruitful trees and plants to alleviate hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improving the surrounding environment. Trees can be planted at community gardens, city and state parks, low-income neighborhoods, Native American reservations, schools, and other locations where they will serve the greater community. The Foundation provides high-quality tress and shrubs, equipment, on-site orchard design expertise and oversight, horticultural workshops, and aftercare training and manuals. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Learn more and apply.
Surplus Real Property and Personal Property Donation Programs
The Surplus Federal Property Donation Programs help state and local public organizations acquire surplus federal real estate property and personal property that is no longer needed by the federal government. The Real Property Program allows property to be transferred to local agencies and institutions at discounts up to 100 percent of fair market value for public parks, public recreational areas, historic monuments, public health or educational uses, wildlife conservation, and other related purposes. The Personal Property Program allows most local public agencies, nonprofit educational and public health agencies, and nonprofit programs for the elderly to receive tangible items ranging from common products, such as office equipment and furniture, to specialized apparatuses, including heavy machinery. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis based on the availability of property. Learn more and apply.
Common Counsel Foundation: Still We Rise Fund
The Still We Rise Fund is designed to support community-based efforts to defend residents and families, build resiliency, and develop new strategies and alliances to support the rights of vulnerable communities, including immigrant, Black, Arab and Muslim, Native-American, women, working-class, and LGBTQ communities. Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofits and other community entities with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. The typical award size is $5,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and distributed monthly. Learn more and apply.
Baseball Tomorrow Fund/Major League Baseball Field Maintenance Education Program
This program provides the opportunity for MLB groundskeepers to share tips and techniques with other professional sports turf managers, coaches, parents and volunteers who are involved in the maintenance of youth baseball and softball fields. In conjunction with the clinics, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund awards a $10,000 grant to a local organization selected by the participating Club. The grant funds are used for the purchase of field maintenance supplies, equipment or services. Learn more and apply.
CAN’d Aid Crush It Crusade Grants
The CAN’d Aid Foundation is accepting applications from communities, local organizations, and local government entities to help support recycling programs. The Foundation awards small grants to fund program expenses including signage and education, and also provides in-kind recycling tents and bins and training on sustainable waste management. The typical award amount is $5,000. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Learn more and apply.
Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program – Rural Communities
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides grants, low-interest direct loans, and/or combinations of the two to develop essential community facilities in rural areas, including public facilities, community support services, and local food systems such as community gardens and food hubs. Public entities, nonprofit organizations, and tribal entities in rural communities are eligible to apply. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply.
Keep America Beautiful's Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund
Keep America Beautiful's Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund benefits Keep America Beautiful Affiliates that serve communities directly affected by natural and environmental disasters. The fund provides immediate and long-term support for initial and ongoing cleanup efforts and helps rebuild vital public spaces: parks, greenways, community gateways, Main Street/downtown areas, open spaces and more. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply.
United States Golf Association (USGA) Alliance Grant Program
With funding from the USGA, the National Alliance for Accessible Golf is providing financial assistance and resources to make golf more accessible to people with disabilities. The funding agency is especially interested in projects that focus on inclusion of people with disabilities in programs that involve those without disabilities with the ultimate goal of enhancing their inclusion into the fabric of their community. Applications will be accepted from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and government entities. Grants generally range between $4000 and $15,000. The maximum award rarely exceeds $20,000. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply.
United States Tennis Association (USTA) Facility Assistance Program
The USTA offers technical and financial support to improve tennis facilities across the country. In addition, selected communities will be appointed project consultants from the USTA National staff who will deliver personalized support and service. Applications for assistance are accepted on a rolling basis. 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.
- Foundation Center: Provides both training and research information on corporate and foundation grant programs. The grants database is a collection of thousands of grants.
- Guidestar: An excellent source of IRS 990 forms for foundations and other nonprofit organizations.
- Chronicle of Philanthropy: The Chronicle is a newspaper for nonprofit news publishing, fundraising trends, resources, and recent grants.
- Crowdfunding Toolkit
- Nonprofit Times: Nonprofit management newspaper.
- Hoovers: Profiles millions of U.S. companies. It is a great source for employee contact information.
- Fortune Magazine: A resource for identifying companies by state and industry.
- Leadership Directories
- Google, Yahoo Finance, and other general search engines.
- 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.