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.
NRPA and The Walt Disney Company have come together to improve access to outdoor play through the Meet Me at the Park Play Spaces Grant Program. Thanks to a $1 million donation from Disney, grant funding is available to provide additional communities with increased access to inclusive play spaces in local parks for children and families. As part of this program, park and recreation agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories are invited to share their best ideas on increasing access to inclusive play spaces for children and families in underserved communities. Agencies with the most innovative, scalable and impactful project ideas will receive grants to build their projects.
Other Grant Opportunities
Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTW) Grants
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund will make awards to nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and other tax-exempt organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and/or softball programs and facilities. Funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. The average award amount is $40,000. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Application deadlines are April 1, and July 1. Learn more and apply.
The BUILD Health Challenge
BUILD is looking to support up to 17 innovative collaboratives across the US that include a community-based organization, hospital or health system, and public health department working together in dynamic ways to address upstream challenges and drive sustainable improvements in community health. Applications are due April 5. Learn more and apply.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Funding
The Centers for Disease Control is seeking to fund government agencies to advance development of effective public health emergency management and response programs. This funding opportunity aims to strengthen and enhance the capabilities of state, local, and territorial public health systems to respond effectively (mitigate the loss of life and reduce the threats to the community’s health and safety) to evolving threats and other emergencies within the United States and territories and freely associated states. Awards will be between $350,000 - $10,000,000. Applications are due May 3. Learn more and apply.
Safe Places to Play Grants
The U.S. Soccer Foundation has announced upcoming grant cycles for the Safe Places to Play Grant program to support soccer field-building initiatives nationwide. Funds are available for field space that will be used for a soccer a majority of the time. Funds may support irrigation, lighting, AstroTurf, and modular athletic flooring material costs. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, city governments, schools, churches, and other nonprofit entities. The 2019 Letter of Interest (LOI) deadlines are May 24 and September 27. Learn more and apply.
Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grants
The Tony Hawk Foundation is accepting applications through the Skatepark Grant program to promote high-quality, public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 are available to support the design, development, and construction of quality new skateparks on public property that will be available for free. Eligible applicants are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and state and local agencies, including public school systems and public projects. Application deadline is June 13. Learn more and apply.
Looking Out Foundation Grants
The Looking Out Foundation seeks to amplify the impact of music by empowering those without a voice and generate awareness about issues and injustices in our communities. The Foundation provides grants averaging $1,000 to $5,000 to support disadvantaged youth, public health, women, the environment, the arts, the hungry, and the homeless. Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Applications are due August 1. Learn more and apply.
Polaris T.R.A.I.L.S. Grants
The Polaris Industries T.R.A.I.L.S. (Trail Development; Responsible Riding; Access; Initiatives; Lobbying; Safety) Grant Program is accepting applications to promote safe and responsible riding and preserve access. Funds can be used for trail development and maintenance projects, safety and education initiatives, lobbying, and other projects to increase and maintain land access. Grants of up to $10,000 will be made for government and nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(7) status. Applications are due September 1; award notifications will be made within 30 days after the end of the month of review. 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 are generally limited to $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.
- Foundation Center: Provides both training and research information on corporate and foundation grant programs. The grants database is a collection of thousands of grants.
- Guidestar: An excellent source of IRS 990 forms for foundations and other nonprofit organizations.
- Chronicle of Philanthropy: The Chronicle is a newspaper for nonprofit news publishing, fundraising trends, resources, and recent grants.
- Crowdfunding Toolkit
- Nonprofit Times: Nonprofit management newspaper.
- Hoovers: Profiles millions of U.S. companies. It is a great source for employee contact information.
- Fortune Magazine: A resource for identifying companies by state and industry.
- Leadership Directories
- Google, Yahoo Finance, and other general search engines.
- 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.