Equitable Park Funding Hub
The Equitable Park Funding Hub provides easy access to information on a variety of funding sources relevant for parks and recreation in low-income communities and communities of color, and highlights the partnerships required for successful funding.
Parks, trails, and nature support public health, workforce development, local economies, the environment, and community cohesion. And yet historic disinvestment has left many communities with the greatest need with the least access to quality parks and recreation opportunities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation worse and has shined a spotlight on park inequities. Now more than ever, high-quality parks and public spaces in disadvantaged communities require creative and wide-ranging partnerships to unlock local, state, federal, and private funding sources.
As many state and federal funding sources in the Hub are competitive, require match dollars, and often cannot cover maintenance or programming, stable local public funding is essential for a successful and equitable park system. Local funding enables communities to ensure investments promote equitable impacts and address local disparities.
This Hub highlights select federal, state, and local funding programs that can be particularly effective at funding parks and green infrastructure in low-income communities. It is not intended to be a comprehensive source of funding opportunities, but a starting point with examples and case studies.
The Equitable Park Funding Hub is the result of a two-year collaborative research effort between the City Parks Alliance, Groundwork U.S.A., and the Urban Institute. Support for this work was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
EXPLORE PARK FUNDING
Use this tool to filter, sort, and learn about funding opportunities and potential partnerships.
Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB)Technical Assistance to Brownfields providers are regionally-based organizations that offer assistance to jurisdictions and organizations interested in exploring the viability of a brownfield conversion project. TAB providers are funded by the EPA, so their technical services are free.Learn MoreTypical Grant AmountUp to $100,000Match from other sourcesNot ApplicableEligibility for Accessing FundsNonprofit organizations, local governments, tribal governments, tribal organizations
Environmental Justice Small Grants ProgramThis program empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program helps communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. All projects are associated with at least one qualified environmental statute.Learn MoreTypical Grant AmountUp to $100,000Accessibility of FundsAccessibleMatch from other sourcesNot ApplicablePark Funding UseProgrammingEligibility for Accessing FundsNonprofit organizations, tribal governments, tribal organizations
Assessment GrantsAssessment Grants provide funding for a grant recipient to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct a range of planning activities, such as developing site-specific cleanup plans and conduct community involvement related to brownfield sites. Nonprofits and local governments considering buying or accepting a donation of a brownfield site need to do appropriate due diligence, as detailed in EPA’s All Appropriate Inquiries.Learn MoreTypical Grant AmountUp to $350,000Accessibility of FundsAccessibleMatch from other sources20%Eligibility for Accessing FundsNonprofit organizations, local governments and government entities, state governments, tribal governments
Cleanup GrantsCleanup Grants provide funding to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites owned by the applicant.Learn MoreTypical Grant Amount$300,000 - $500,000Accessibility of FundsAccessibleMatch from other sourcesUp to 20%Park Funding UseCapital/Land AcquisitionEligibility for Accessing FundsNonprofit organizations, local governments and government entities, state governments, tribal governments
Share Your Experience
This Hub highlights select federal, state, and local funding programs that can be particularly effective at funding parks and green infrastructure in low-income communities. It is not intended to be a comprehensive source of funding opportunities, but a starting point with examples, links to additional information, and case studies.
We invite you to help us make this Hub stronger by sharing your experiences applying for and implementing programs with these funding sources.