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Grants for Recreation

Wed, Oct 4, 2017 @ 15:10 PM / by Michelle Hansen

34610589630_67d3b10906_m.jpgRecreation is one of the most frequent funding requests we receive. Below are a few recreation grants that will fit a wide variety of needs.

Healthy Aging in Parks

The National Recreation and Park Association along with the Centers for Disease Control are offering Instructor Training Grants for Physical Activity Programs. These grants can be used to train instructors in specific programs that help people with chronic conditions and senior citizens remain active. Eligible applicants include municipality entities like parks and recreation departments or park districts. A total of 275 grants will be awarded this year. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 6.

Shade Structure Program

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) offers a shade structure program that can be used in a variety of ways for recreation needs. This program awards grants of up to $8,000 to non-profit organizations or public schools. Eligible non-profits must provide services to children 18 years of age or younger. The money can be used for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces. In addition to the grant, the AAD also provides a permanent sign for display near the shade structure. The deadline for application is Nov. 17.

Finish Line

The sports retailer offers three grant programs to organizations that provide opportunities for kids to participate in community-based athletic programs and camps that emphasize a healthy lifestyle. Programs that offer these activities to special needs and disadvantaged children will get a special priority. Programs must also be operating near a Finish Line store. A programmatic grant is worth up to $5,000. This fund is for programs that give children the opportunity to participate in athletic programs and camps. Legacy grants range from $10,000-$75,000. These grants help new facility construction or improvements to existing infrastructure. The final category is the founder’s grant, totaled between $5,000-$25,000. This grant is to assist organizations facing an emergency like natural disasters. Applications are accepted four times a year with most upcoming deadline being Dec. 31.

Good Sports

Recreational teams and organizations that need equipment, apparel, and footwear can seek a grant from the Good Sports company. Grant recipients receive access to the company’s catalog of equipment, footwear, and apparel. Eligible organizations must be located in the United States that serve economically disadvantaged youth between the ages of 3-18. The organization also must operate an organized sport, recreational activity, or fitness program that offers consistent and structured opportunity for play to large groups of children. Applications are accepted year round.

An abundance of grants are available for recreational needs. The ones in this blog are just a few of the opportunities available. We can help you find more opportunities with a specialized Grant Opportunity Search. Contact to see how we can help find the grant you need.


Photo Credit: Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington

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