The National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) recently announced the release of available funding and coaching for advancing community-driven, systemic-change strategies for equitable park access that helps bolster the health and climate resilience of communities. The grant program will support projects that focus on and further these priorities through partnerships with local community-based organizations.
To be eligible, projects should address system-wide park access planning, data collection/analysis, policies and capital improvements, while centering equitable as relates to park access within the scope of the broader vision of climate resilience. The main applicant must either be a local government agency that plans, builds and/or operates parks or affiliated 501c(3) non-profit organization, or otherwise submit a letter of support for the project under consideration from the park and recreation agency director. The project must include community leadership and demonstrate a clear path to advancing systems-change that centers equity, diversity, and inclusion.
NRPA will fund 6 to 10 communities and grants will range between $300,000 and $500,000 each, for a total of 2.5 years. The deadline to submit an application is April 23, 2021. Grantees will be selected by May 21, 2021. Learn more here!