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

America Walks Community Change Program

America Walks is making awards of $1,500 in community stipends for projects related to creating healthy, active, and engaged places to live, work, and play. Projects must increase physical activity and active transportation in a specific community, work to engage people and organizations new to the efforts of walking and walkability, and demonstrate a culture of inclusive health. Projects will create healthy, active, and engaged communities that support walking as transportation, health, and recreation. Various advocates, organizations, and agencies are eligible to apply for projects to create change at the community level. Applications are due by November 8 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Learn more and apply.

Honeybee Conservancy Sponsor-A-Hive Program

The Honeybee Conservancy is currently accepting applications for the Sponsor-A-Hive Program to provide bees and equipment to help people safely set up, maintain, and observe on-site bee sanctuaries in the community. Schools, universities, tribal education agencies, environmental centers, food banks, community gardens, and other types of nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for in-kind resources to establish a bee hive program. Recipients will receive honey bees, mason bees and/or leafcutter bees, their homes, bee keeping equipment, information on how to care for the bees, and an educator kit. Applications are due November 11. Learn more and apply.

United Fresh Start Foundation Community Innovation Grants Program

The Community Innovation Grants program is supporting visionary initiatives and research to increase children's access, selection, and consumption of fresh produce while they are outside of school. This year, a total of $50,000 is available to support at least give grants. Nonprofit organizations, park and recreation agencies, schools, and other local entities are eligible to apply. Special consideration will be given to projects that work to address barriers to fresh produce access, selection, and consumption in retail and food service environments. Applications are due December 1. Learn more and apply.

Home Depot Foundation: Community Impact Grants

The Home Depot Foundation is accepting applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and public agencies that use the power of volunteers to improve the community. The Foundation awards grants of up to $5,000 in the form of gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Projects should serve veterans within local communities and/or diverse and underserved communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until December 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.

Surplus Real Property and Personal Property Donation Programs

The Surplus Federal Property Donation Programs help state and local public organizations acquire surplus federal real estate property and personal property that is no longer needed by the federal government. The Real Property Program  allows property to be transferred to local agencies and institutions at discounts up to 100 percent of fair market value for public parks, public recreational areas, historic monuments, public health or educational uses, wildlife conservation, and other related purposes. The Personal Property Program allows most local public agencies, nonprofit educational and public health agencies, and nonprofit programs for the elderly to receive tangible items ranging from common products, such as office equipment and furniture, to specialized apparatuses, including heavy machinery. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis based on the availability of property. Learn more and apply

Common Counsel Foundation: Still We Rise Fund

The Still We Rise Fund is designed to support community-based efforts to defend residents and families, build resiliency, and develop new strategies and alliances to support the rights of vulnerable communities, including immigrant, Black, Arab and Muslim, Native-American, women, working-class, and LGBTQ communities. Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofits and other community entities with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. The typical award size is $5,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and distributed monthly. 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 generally range between $4000 and $15,000. The maximum award rarely exceeds $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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