Today, more than 80 percent of families live in urban areas and lack easy access to outdoor spaces. In response, President Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative will soon help address the situation. Starting in September for the 2015-2016 school year, all fourth graders will be given a pass that will allow them and their families free entry into every National Park for an entire year. There is no application necessary. Annual family passes normally cost $80.
According to a study from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 77% of children aged 9–13 years reported participating in free-time physical activity during a one-week period. Children are seeking recreation activities in their communities, and thus the requests for parks and recreation grants from municipalities and schools have been on the increase. In order for your organization to find the funds it needs, it is necessary to think broadly to justify a grant proposal. For example, in addition to the grant opportunities that directly address parks and recreation, look for grants that aim to curb childhood obesity, economic development grants, or community growth grants. By thinking outside the merry-go-round, your organization will increase its chances of receiving grant funds.