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 Opportunities

There are no current NRPA grant opportunities.

 

 

Other Grant Opportunities

AmeriCorps Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF)

AmeriCorps VGF grants will support efforts that expand the capacity of volunteer connector organizations to recruit, manage, support and retain individuals to serve in high quality volunteer assignments. Three-year grant awards of minimum $100,000 will be issued by February 2023. Applicants are required to match funds equal to a percentage of their total pogram budget through cash and/or in-kind contributions. Applications are due September 13, 2022 by 5 p.m. EDT. Learn more and apply

 

Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry 2023 Champions

Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign seeks 10 champions who will help further the campaign's work to expand access to summer and afterschool meals. The Out-of-School Time Meals Champions 2023 Cohort will work with No Kid Hungry for one year to share promising practices, engage in a co-learning space, and provide peer-to-peer mentorship to new meal sponsors. Applicants must have experience running both the Summer Food Service Program (or the NSLP Seamless Summer Option) and the CACFP AT-Risk Afterschool Meals Program. Each selected Champion will receive a $2,500 stipend, and their organization will receive a $2,000 award. Applications close October 7, 2022, and interviews will take place beginning October 24, 2022. Learn more and apply.

 

Save the Children's Rural Child Hunger Research and Innovation Lab

Save the Children's Rural Child Hunger Research and Innovation Lab program seeks to fund innovative ideas to address child food insecurity from community organizations serving rural families with children. Awards will include up to $100,000 in funding, an incubation workshop to bring ideas to life, ongoing support from a team specialized in rural child hunger, and a community of peers addressing similar challenges. Expressions of interest are due October 14, 2022, and full applications are due November 11, 2022. Learn more and apply

Quadratec Cares Energize the Environment Grant Program

Quadratec is offering two $3,500 grants annually to applicants pursuing a program or initiative designed to benefit our environment. Examples include trail building or restoration projects, park beautification events, litter prevention initiatives, sustainable land management activities, community environmental educational projects, and youth educational engagement events. Applications for the spring grant cycle close October 30, 2022 at 11:59pm ET. Learn more and apply.

 

AmeriCorps 2023 American Rescue Plan Planning Grants

AmeriCorps planning grants provide support to a recipients to develop an AmeriCorps program that will engage AmeriCorps members in implementing evidence-based interventions to solve community problems. 2023 priorities include evidence-based programs; educational opportunity and economic mobility in communities facing persistent unemployment; social cohesion and civic engagement; quality of life services for veterans and military families; environmental stewardship and climate change; and services for rural communities. Grant recipients will be awarded up to $240,000 for a 12-month planning period. Applicants are encouraged to compete for an AmeriCorps program grant in the following grant cycle. Applications close November 14, 2022 at 5 pm ET. Learn more and apply. 

 

AmeriCorps 2023 State and National Grants

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorrps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions and/or practices to strengthen communities. Organizations operating within a single state must apply through the Governor-appointed State or Territory Commission, which administers its own selection process and submits the applications it selects to compete for funding directly to AmeriCorps. Final award amounts will vary as determined by the scope of the project. Final applications are due January 4, 2023 by 5 pm ET. Learn more and apply

 

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative

The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative accepts applications quarterly from nonprofit or tax exempt groups (clubs and associations), public riding areas (local, state and federal), outdoor enthusiast associations and land conservation organizations, and communities with an interest in protecting, improving, expanding and/or maintaining access for safe, responsible and sustainable use by motorized off-road vehicles. The Initiative has contributed more than $3.5 million in funding and equipment across more than 300 projects during the past 10 years to assist outdoor recreationists working to protect and improve access to public land and educate the public on its safe, sustainable recreational use. Applications are accepted quarterly. 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. The Lisa Libraries provides donations of free books for community facilities to host their own small libraries or to operate programs where 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 improve 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 trees 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.

 

MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation

This program was created to increase participation in and expand access to youth baseball and softball. The program prioritizes bold, innovative, and creative ideas that increase opportunities for youth, particularly those who are minorities, girls, and/or located in underresourced communities. Funds may be used to support capital projects (e.g., field renovations), baseball/softball programs, and education initiatives. Applications are 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 are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply.

 

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town Grants

Our Town is the NEA's creative placemaking grants program that supports activities that integrate arts, culture, and design into local efforts that strengthen communities and advance local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes in communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity. Grants range from $25,000 to $150,000 with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount. Initial applications must be submitted to grants.gov by August 4, 2022 at 11:59pm EST. Final application are due August 16, 2022 by 11:59pm EST. Learn more and apply.

 

United States Tennis Association (USTA) Facility Services Program

The USTA offers business development, advocacy, technical and financial support to improve or construct tennis facilities across the country. In addition, each applicant will be appointed a project consultant from the USTA national staff who will deliver personalized support and service. Service applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply.

 

The Skatepark Project Grants

The Skatepark Project is dedicated to promoting the construction of new, quality skateparks located in underserved communities throughout the United States. The Skatepark Project primarily supports projects that can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment, particularly in the form of planning and/or fundraising by local skateboarders and other community groups. Priority is given to projects that are designed to increase equity in underserved areas, are built from concrete by experienced skatepark contractors and include local skaters in the planning, fundraising and design process. Grants of $1,000 to $300,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations and state or local agencies, including public school systems and public projects. The Skatepark Project accepts Letters of Inquiry year-round and has quarterly award cycles. Learn more and apply.

 

Fundraising and Marketing 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. Candid (Formerly Foundation Center and Guidestar): Provides training and research information on corporate and foundation grant programs as well as access to IRS 990 forms for foundations and other nonprofit organizations. The grants database is a collection of thousands of grants.
  2. Yearly offers a free tool to create engaging, digital annual reports, donor reports and event recaps to impress your stakeholders. Yearly is a fun and easy way to design unlimited reports and integrate your stories, videos, social media posts, polls and more. Yearly is currently offering their basic level of service to agencies for free.
  3. Chronicle of Philanthropy: The Chronicle is a newspaper for nonprofit news publishing, fundraising trends, resources, and recent grants.
  4. NRPA 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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