Finding grant funding for recreation centers can be a challenge that often depends on the stage of your project. For instance, if you are starting from scratch, securing funding for land or a physical building may take precedence. If you have already completed those initial steps, then you may need grants for program development, equipment, or even personnel. Whether you are starting at the beginning or looking for specific program funding, below are some grants for recreation centers.
This foundation is dedicated to enhancing the role of recreation in the lives of youth. To that end, The National Recreation Foundation awards two types of grants: trustee grants and special grants. Trustee grants are limited to $30,000 and must be presented to the foundation’s Board of Directors by a National Recreation Foundation trustee. The foundation also accepts trustee-endorsed special grant proposals from other organizations. These grants do not exceed $100,000. For both grant types, eligible entities must have 501(c)(3) status or be governmental organizations. The foundation favors proposals with matching funds, partnerships, and projects that assist at-risk youth. Since all grant requests must go through a trustee, the first step in application is developing a relationship with a trustee. There is both an email address and phone number on the website linked above.
There are a bevy of federal grants available for the big-money projects associated with recreation centers. These grants usually have larger maximum award ceilings and support land acquisition and facility building or improvement.
- Community Facilities Grant Program: The United States Department of Agriculture’s Community Facilities Grant Program awards funding to repair facilities used for community purposes, public safety, and health care. Municipalities with fewer than 20,000 residents are eligible for this grant. Communities with fewer than 5,000 residents or with median incomes below 60% of the state’s median income receive highest priority.
- Community Entitlement Grants Program: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development supports the Community Entitlement Grants Program, which awards grants to municipalities with over 50,000 residents and counties with more than 200,000 residents. The purpose of the program is to support community projects that improve the economic development and living conditions of residents. Projects may include land acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of facilities, and more.
- Outdoor Recreational Grant Program: If your recreation center has an outside component, this grant could work for your project. The National Park Service’s Outdoor Recreational Grant Program awards park districts and local government agencies grants to acquire, plan, and develop land for public recreational purposes.
This beverage company is dedicated to improving the communities where they do business. They support initiatives that strengthen and enrich communities. One of those focuses is community well-being. Specifically, in 2007, the foundation expanded its reach to fitness and nutrition efforts in the United States. In 2016, the company supported several community grant initiatives including two that were focused specifically on recreation. Only online applications are accepted. There is no maximum or minimum grant amount. Applications are accepted year-round.
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