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

Great Urban Parks Campaign Grant Opportunity

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is supporting the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure projects in parks to positively affect environmental and social change in underserved communities, and to empower residents to be actively engaged in projects that address community needs and meet local stormwater management goals. This grant opportunity will fund innovative strategies that improve environmental quality, increase access to high quality park and recreation spaces, and meaningfully engage community members. The application deadline is August 3.

Learn more and apply

 

Other Grant Opportunities

Partners for Places General Grants Round

Partners for Places has launched Round 13 of the General Grants Program. This matching program will support projects that local government sustainability leaders or water managers, and local, place-based funder(s) consider important to advancing sustainability goals for their communities. Approximately 8-10 matching grants will be made ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 for a one-year period; applications for a two-year project period will also be considered in the range of $50,000 to $150,000. Applications are due by July 31. 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.

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 are generally limited to $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.

  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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