The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) periodically posts information about grant and fundraising opportunities that are available for park and recreation agencies. 

Current NRPA Grant Opportunities

There are no grant opportunities at this time.


Other Grant Opportunities

2018 Keep America Beautiful/Lowe's Community Partners Grant Program

The 2018 Keep America Beautiful/Lowe's Community Partners Grant Program engages local volunteers to take action to benefit communities across the country with projects ranging from restoring neighborhood parks and planting community gardens to leading disaster restoration initiatives and large-scale cleanups. This partnership will award grants to affiliates for high impact and critical need community improvement projects. Application deadline is May 29. Learn more and apply.

SAMHSA Mental Health Awareness Training Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is now accepting applications for the 2018 Mental Health Awareness Training Grant Program (MHAT). The purpose of this program is to train individuals to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, establish community linkages, and educate individuals about community resources. Public and private nonprofit entities including local governmental units and community-based organizations are eligible to apply for grants of up to $125,000 per year for up to 3 years. Application deadline is June 8. Learn more and apply

Tony Hawk Foundation – Skatepark Grants

The Tony Hawk Foundation is accepting applications to build high quality, public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States. Nonprofit organizations and state and local agencies may apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000. Application deadline is June 11. Learn more and apply.

Hefty EnergyBag Grant Program

The Hefty EnergyBag program is a groundbreaking initiative, led by Dow and Reynolds Consumer Products, that collects previously non-recycled plastics at curbside and converts them into valuable energy resources. The program is a significant step towards achieving positive long-term environmental and economic advantages, including alternative energy resources and fewer tons of plastics ending up in landfills. Application deadline is June 15. Learn more and apply.

Target Youth Soccer Grants

The Target youth soccer grants program provides support for player registration fees, player and field equipment, and training and professional development for volunteer coaches. Any eligible school, government agency, nonprofit organization or nonprofit regional/local soccer organization within the U.S., serving youth 5 to 18 years old, can apply. A preference will be given to programs serving in-need communities. Application deadline is June 30. Learn more and apply.

Bark For Your Park Grants

PetSafe is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Bark for Your Park grant program to build or enhance off-leash dog parks. Nonprofits and local governments that own, manage, and/or operate park facilities are eligible to apply for grants of up to $25,000. Application deadline is June 30. Learn more and apply

RWJF Sports Award 2018: Inspiring Healthier Communities Through Sport 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Sports Award rewards sports teams, athletes, and community-based organizations that use sports to catalyze and sustain changes to make communities healthier places to live, learn, work, and play. Public entities and charitable organizations that are influential leaders and models for improving community health through sports are eligible to apply for awards of up to $10,000. Application deadline is July 2. Learn more and apply.

Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program

The 2018 Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program is now offering grants to help create and improve state and locally-owned park and outdoor recreation areas. Applications will be accepted until September 14. Learn more and apply.

Feed A Bee Improved Pollinator Grants

The Bayer North America Bee Care Program is accepting proposals on a rolling basis for the Feed a Bee Grant Program. This program funds foraging planting and restoration initiatives that will promote pollinator health and help provide a tangible, sustainable solution to the current lack of forage. This program will also support education initiatives that encourage others to establish pollinator forage. Government agencies, gardening groups, nonprofits, and other organizations are eligible to apply for grants of $1,000; $2,500; or $5,000. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 15. 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.

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.

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 nonprofit organizations.
  3. Chronicle of Philanthropy: The Chronicle is a newspaper for nonprofit news publishing, fundraising trends, resources, and recent grants.
  4. Crowdfunding Toolkit
  5. Nonprofit Times: Nonprofit management newspaper.
  6. Hoovers: Profiles millions of U.S. companies. It is a great source for employee contact information.
  7. Fortune Magazine: A resource for identifying companies by state and industry.
  8. Leadership Directories
  9. Google, Yahoo Finance, and other general search engines.
  10. 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.

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