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 current NRPA grant opportunities.
Other Grant Opportunities
The Conservation Alliance Confluence Program
The goal of the Confluence Program is to intentionally connect to historically racially marginalized people for the protection of natural places. The program will award four multi-year grants to groups led by Asian, Black, Brown, Indigenous, Latinx and other People of Color to support efforts to protect land and/or water and elevate the voices and perspectives of the people working to protect that place. Applications are due by October 24, 2021. Learn more and apply.
AmeriCorps State and National Public Health AmeriCorps
In partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AmeriCorps has launched Public Health AmeriCorps to support the recruitment, training and development of a new generation of public health leaders. AmeriCorps members will serve primarily in state, local, Tribal and territorial public health departments or in service to public health departments. The program is anticipated to fund up to 5,000 AmeriCorps positions over the next five years. .Applications are due by November 8, 2021, at 5 p.m. EST. Learn more and apply.
USDA Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response and safety funding to small businesses and nonprofits in certain commodity areas, including farmers markets. Nonprofits and small businesses can apply to cover COVID-related expenses for their farmers markets, including workplace safety measures (i.e. personal protective equipment [PPE]), retrofitting facilities for worker and consumer safety, shifting to online sales platforms, transportation, worker housing, and medical costs. Awards will be made ranging from $1,500 to $20,000. Applications are due by November 22, 2021. 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. Learn more and apply.
People, Parks, and Power (P3)
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF), and Prevention Institute now are accepting letters of intent for the new People, Parks, and Power (P3) Initiative to advance park equity and racial justice in urban settings. Through the P3 Initiative, $7 million in funding is available for community-based organizations and base-building groups working to advance park equity in urban areas across the United States through local policy and systems change. The P3 Initiative seeks to fund a spectrum of eligible public entities and/or nonprofit organizations across the country that are in later or early stages of policy advocacy and systems change efforts to advance park equity. Applicants may request up to $500,000 over 24 months. Letters of intent are due by November 4, 2021. Learn more and apply.
Quadratec Cares "Energize the Environment" Grant Program
Quadratec is accepting applications to support a host of environmental projects across the country. Eligible projects include trail building or restoration projects, park beautification events, litter prevention initiatives, earthy study missions, sustainable land management activities, community environmental education projects, and youth educational engagement events. Any interested individual or organization is eligible to submit a 1000- to 1600-word essay to apply for up to $3,500 per year. Applications are due by October 30, 2021. 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.
Baseball Tomorrow Fund/Major League Baseball Field Maintenance Education Program
This program provides the opportunity for Major League Baseball 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.
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.
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 are accepted on a rolling basis. 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chronicle of Philanthropy: The Chronicle is a newspaper for nonprofit news publishing, fundraising trends, resources, and recent grants.
- NRPA 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.