As the weather turns warmer for many people across the country, thoughts are turning to updating and maintaining outside areas like community parks. A wide variety of secific grants are available for parks maintenance and creation. There are also several different ways to justify grants for park needs. Below we outline three different categories of grants that can be used to help update, maintain, or create your community park.
- Apply for Grants for Community Betterment
A community and its wellbeing are among the priorities of the Corning Foundation grant program. Revitalized, safe, and updated parks can be a large boon to a community. They can bring in new families thus creating new tax dollars and they can also be a gathering place for events. Past Corning Foundation grants have been made to non-profit organizations, youth organizations, and community groups. The Foundation makes grants totaling more than $5 million in giving annually. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Insider Tip: The Corning Foundation values organizations working together, so any application featuring partners working together on a project will be favored.
2. Look for Funding for Environmental Concerns
This private environment-focused foundation provides community impact grants to organizations across the country. This year’s grant program focuses on increasing access to recycling in parks and green spaces. The Dr. Pepper Snapple Park Recycling Infrastructure Grants program will provide grants in the form of recycling containers that communities can use to establish or expand recycling in park settings such as neighborhood and urban parks, athletic fields, nature trails and public beaches. In addition to offering recycling bins, the grant program will also make additional funds available to grant recipients who commit to conducting a set of litter indexes in conjunction with the grant. Deadline for application is June 10.
3. Use a Playground to Help Curb Childhood Obesity
Community playgrounds are a wonderful way to keep kids active, and active kids are healthy kids. So when you are looking for playground grants, keep an eye out for funding organizations that aim to curb childhood obesity. One example is the Children’s Obesity Fund, which hopes to improve children’s health one grant at a time. Any non-profit organization is eligible to apply. Typical grant amounts vary depending on the project scope, and grant applications are accepted at any time. This organization normally funds non-profit organizations yet they state on their website that any organization working toward children’s health may be funded.
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