$25,000 Grants Available for Out-of-School Time Programs – APPLY NOW

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds from the Walmart Foundation to support children's health through park and recreation out-of-school time programs. Grants in 2018 will focus on three main goals:

  1. Increasing the number of healthy meals children receive through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) or the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) during out-of-school times;
  2. Providing evidence-based nutrition literacy to children and families that creates behavior change, including increased consumption of fruits and vegetables; and
  3. Implementing healthy living practices and policies aligned with the evidence-based healthy eating and physical activity standards that increase access to healthier foods and support a healthy environment.

Applications are due at 11:59PM EST on Friday, March 16, 2018 and must be submitted online.

Click here to learn more and access the application.


If you have questions about this grant opportunity, please email outofschoolrfa@nrpa.org.

You can make a difference in your community!  Pledge to Commit to Health at your park and recreation sites and join the national movement to create healthier out-of-school time (OST) programs! 

Providing Meals and Snacks Through the Federal Nutrition Programs


When your park and recreation sites pledge to Commit to Health they agree to:

  • Implement 19 HEPA standards at your park and recreation site over a five-year period.
  • Complete the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Out-of-School time inventory annually.
  • Submit documentation, if requested to verify implementation of HEPA standards.

Register Your Site Today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Through NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign, park and recreation agencies have committed to implementing the Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) standards at their OST sites. The implementation of these standards has led to increased access across the country to healthy foods and new opportunities for physical activity for youth, resulting in an increase of fruit/vegetable consumption and physical activity and education, and a reduction of:

  • Obesity rates
  • Type II diabetes rates
  • Television viewing

The map shows where NRPA Commit to Health sites are around the country, and the different shading of the states represent the percentages of health challenges faced.

Our work continues to have impact and the support of Commit to Health sites and park and recreation agencies across the country is great. 

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