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

Adaptive Sports Grant (ASG) Programs for Disabled Veterans and Disabled Members of the Armed Forces

The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently accepting applications for the ASG Program to fund the planning, development, management, and implementation of programs to provide adaptive sports activities for disabled members of the Armed Forces. Applicants must have experience working with Veterans with disabilities for at least two continuous years prior to submitting an application. Applications are due on May 2. Learn more and apply.

AARP Community Challenge

The AARP Community Challenge funds projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for all residents through permanent physical improvements in the community, temporary demonstrations that lead to long-term change, and new, innovative programming or services. Application deadline is May 16. 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.

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.

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. Crowdfunding Toolkit
  5. Non-profit Times: Non-profit 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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