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

Coming soon ... NRPA will be offering nationwide grants to support innovative, community-wide food access. Stay tuned for more information, coming February 4!

Other Grant Opportunities

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 January 25, 2019; May 24, 2019; and September 27, 2019. Learn more and apply.

International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Trail Accelerator Grants

Creating and catalyzing more trails close to home is critical to IMBA's mission, and its goal is to grow the quantity and quality of mountain bike trail communities in the U.S. Many cities and towns have the interest and political support to develop mountain bike facilities and trail systems, but lack funding and/or knowledge to jump-start efforts. IMBA’s Trail Accelerator Grant is intended to help fill that gap and support visions for model trails in typically underserved states. Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000 in services for either single-site or community-wide trail plans, and must be matched by the recipient. Grantees will also receive professional trail planning and consultation to launch their trail development efforts, which can help leverage additional interest and investment. Applications are due January 30, 2019. Learn more and apply

NFL Foundation Grassroots Grant Program

The NFL Foundation’s Grassroots Program provides funding and technical assistance to nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local community and school football fields. Awards will be made for up to $250,000 to support capital improvement projects. Applicants must have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or be a middle or high school; however, nonprofit organizations can apply to make improvements to fields owned and managed by public sector entities such as cities and park and recreation departments. Strong preference will be given to applicants that involve local partnerships with nonprofit community partners, including park and recreation departments, to promote youth sports safety and community programming on the fields. Applications are due January 31, 2019. Learn more and apply.

Environmental Justice Small Grant Program

The EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grant Program is accepting applications to support community-driven projects that will engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand and address local environmental and public health issues. Eligible lead applicants are nonprofit organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations; however, other entities such as quasi-governmental entities and state and local governments and their entities are eligible to be included as partners in an application and receive technical assistance. Grants will be made for up to $30,000. Applications are due by February 15, 2019. Learn more and apply.

The Colorado Health Foundation Open Funding

The Colorado Health Foundation aims to bring health in reach for all Coloradans in communities across the state. The Foundation now has open funding opportunities for impactful work – including promising programs or projects, innovative ideas and policy advocacy – that aligns with focus areas and cross-cutting efforts. Applications are due by February 15, 2019. Learn more and apply here

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. Deadlines are April 1, 2019, and July 1, 2019. 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©3 nonprofit organizations and state and local agencies, including public school systems and public projects. Application deadline is June 13, 2019. Learn more and apply.  

Federal Surplus Personal Property Donation Program

The Federal Surplus Personal Property Donation Program helps state and local public organizations acquire personal property that is no longer needed by federal agencies. Personal property refers to tangible items ranging from common products, such as office equipment and furniture, to specialized apparatuses, including scientific devices and heavy machinery. Most local public agencies, nonprofit educational and public health agencies, and nonprofit and public programs for the elderly are eligible to receive donations of personal property though this program. To review available property and begin the donation application process, applicants should contact their State Agency for Surplus Property (SASP). Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis based on the availability of property. Learn more and apply.

Surplus Real Property Donation Program

The Surplus Federal Real Property Donation Program helps state and local public organizations acquire surplus federal real estate property that is no longer needed by the federal government. This 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. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis based on the availability of real 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.

  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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