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.
Multipurpose GrantsMultipurpose Grants provide funding to carry out a range of eligible planning, community engagement, assessment and cleanup activities with a proposed target area, such as a neighborhood, a number of neighboring towns, a district, a corridor, a shared planning area or a census tract.Learn MoreTypical Grant Amount$500,000 - 1,000,000Accessibility of FundsAccessiblePark Funding UseCapital/Land Acquisition, Operations/MaintenanceEligibility for Accessing FundsNonprofit organizations, local governments and government entities, state governments, tribal governments
US Environmental Protection Agency Regional OfficesEvery state is within one of ten EPA regions, and each EPA regional office has staff dedicated to brownfields revitalization who are knowledgeable about state funding sources.Learn MoreMatch from other sourcesVaries by StateEligibility for Accessing FundsVaries by State
State Underground Storage Tank (UST) Financial Assurance FundsMost states have funds to help underground storage tank owners comply with the federal financial responsibility regulation. These funds pay to clean up newly reported releases as well as ongoing cleanups.Learn MoreMatch from other sourcesVaries by StateEligibility for Accessing FundsVaries by State
State Environmental AgenciesMost state environmental agencies have brownfields offices, although some brownfield programs are also based in state economic development agencies and local and regional government bodies.Learn MoreMatch from other sourcesVaries by StateEligibility for Accessing FundsVaries by State
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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.