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

Meet Me at the Park

Through Meet Me at the Park, NRPA in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company understand the need to improve access to outdoor play. Thanks to a grant from Disney, NRPA is excited to continue the Meet Me at the Park program in 2018 and provide additional communities with increased access to inclusive play spaces in local parks for children and families. The application deadline is March 1.

Click Here to Learn More And Apply Today!

Healthy Out-of-School Time Grant

This year, get kids in your community eating healthy, moving more and learning about healthy living with NRPA’s 2018 Healthy Out-of-School Time Grant! With support from the Walmart Foundation, NRPA is excited to offer grants for the fourth year in a row to support access to healthy foods through the federal nutrition programs at park and recreation sites. Grants also support the implementation of healthy eating and physical activity standards during out-of-school time through NRPA’s Commit to Health initiative. The application deadline is March 16.

Click Here to Learn More And Apply Today!

Coming Soon: 10-Minute Walk Technical Assistance

With support from The JPB Foundation and an Anonymous Funder, NRPA will be offering grants and technical assistance to support planning efforts that help cities increase access to high quality parks within a 10-minute walk. The application opens on January 29.

Other Grant Opportunities

Scholarships Available for National Child Nutrition Conference

The National Child Nutrition Foundation is offering more than $20,000 in scholarships for the CACFP community to attend the annual conference, held in San Antonio April 19-21. Fifteen scholarship recipients will receive funds to cover registration and hotel fees and travel expenses. The deadline for the scholarship application is January 24. Apply today!

Aim High Grants Support Out-of-School Time Programs Serving Disadvantaged Middle School Youth

The New York Life Foundation is seeking applicants for its Aim High grants to support afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving middle schoolers. Aim High will provide $2.25M over three years to middle school afterschool, summer or expanded learning programs serving disadvantaged youth. A total of 26 grant awards will be made nationwide. Applications are due January 26. Apply Here.

LISC/ESPN Pilot Home Court Program Grant

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation has issued a Request for Proposals for its LISC/ESPN Pilot Home Court Program. This collaboration between ESPN and LISC, the program provides nonprofit neighborhood-based organizations, middle schools, and high schools with financing and technical assistance for use in improving the quality, safety, and accessibility of local basketball courts in selected markets. Application deadline is January 31. Apply here.

Request for Applications: Technical Assistance to Connect Children to Nature

The National League of Cities and Children & Nature Network are pleased to announce an RFA for city governments interested in technical assistance, with pass-through funds, to connect children to nature more equitably. Applications are due January 31. Learn More.

Marathon Kids Out-of-School Time Grant Available

Marathon Kids’ evidence-based program uses the fun social environment of a running club to increase current physical activity levels while empowering participants to adopt lifelong healthy behaviors. All out-of-school time (including summer) programs in the United States are eligible to apply for the Marathon Kids Out-of-School Time Grant. Applications are due February 9. Learn More.

Butterfly Conservation Mini-Grants

The Association for Butterflies (AFB) is currently accepting applications for the Butterfly Mini-Grant program. Parks, communities, nonprofits, and other groups are encouraged to apply for matching grants for conservation-minded projects that benefit butterflies and/or their habitat. Examples of eligible projects including planting a Monarch Waystation, pollinator friendly gardens, butterfly education areas, and native plant areas. Applications are due March 30, 2018. Apply here

Pool Safely Grant Program (PSGP)

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is currently accepting applications for the Pool Safely Grant Program. State and local governments can apply for up to $250,000 for a two-year period to help implement enforcement and education programs with the goal of preventing drownings and drain entrapment in pools and spas. Applications are due April 2. Apply here

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. Apply here.

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 Cassie Pais at 703.858.2151.

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