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

There are no grant opportunities at this time.

Other Grant Opportunities

Better Bike Share Partnership (BBSP): Living Lab Program

In 2020, BBSP is launching the Living Lab Program to support, showcase, and learn lessons from three to five cities that are addressing a key barrier to access to and use of shared microbility in low-income and communities of color. Living Labs will build on the work of Philadelphia – the first BBSP Living Lab City – and many others by piloting, expanding, replicating, or scaling strategies and tactics related to a specific issue or barrier. Selected cities will receive $100,000-$250,000 over three years, technical support, and scholarships and travel stipends, as well as the opportunity to share best practices and lessons learned with others in the field. Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and city and county government offices. Letters of interest are due January 24. Learn more and apply.

Aim High: Supporting OST Time Programs Serving Middle School Youth

The Afterschool Alliance's Aim High program is designed to support and bolster the ability of afterschool and summer learning programs to help their middle school students make a successful transition from 8th to 9th grade. Eligible applicants are 501c3 nonprofit organizations that serve a high percentage of low-income middle school students. Awards are available at amounts ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 per year. Funds may be used for technical assistance, capacity building, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion. Applications are due January 24. Learn more and apply.

Vector Control Technical Assistance from NACCHO

NACCHO is accepting applications for the Vector Control Collaborative technical assistance program. Participants in this program will be matched with a mentor who will visit them to provide on-site technical assistance in mosquito and/or tick surveillance and control. Selected programs will also be awarded funds to visit and shadow their mentor's site. Eligibility for this cycle is limited to local health departments and other local government departments in select states. Applications are due January 31. Learn more and apply. 

Partners for Places Grant Program

The Funders' Network, in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, is pleased to announce the opening of Round 16 of the Partners for Places grant program. This matching grant program is aimed at improving communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based foundations. Partners for Places accepts proposals for the creation of a community-focused sustainability, climate action, adaptation/resilience, equity, water, or comprehensive plan that specifically addresses sustainability, or for urban sustainability and/or green stormwater infrastructure. Investments range between $25,000 and $75,000 for one-year projects, or between $50,000 and $100,000 for two-year projects, with a one-to-one match required by one or more local foundations. Applications are due January 31. Learn more and apply.

Scotts Field Refurbishment Program

Scotts and Major League Baseball are selecting youth fields for renovation! In 2020, the Scotts Field Refurbishment Program will provide grants of products and services, with a value up to $50,000, to four youth-serving organizations that are in need of renovations to existing ballfields. All nonprofit organizations are welcome to apply. Projects will take place in the spring of 2020. Applications are due January 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.

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 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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