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.
LWCF Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP)Administered through the National Park Service, ORLP funds urban projects in jurisdictions of at least 50,000 people in urbanized area with priority for projects in underserved communities. These awards address outdoor recreation deficits and support job creation through new outdoor recreation spaces and reinvigorating existing parks. With full and permanent funding of LWCF in 2020 through the Great American Outdoors Act, the ORLP Program is expected to receive a significant increase in funding annually. Current, each state can submit up to 4 proposals annually. Grants range from $250,000 to $1 million.Learn MoreTypical Grant Amount$500,000Match from other sources100%Park Funding UseCapital/Land AcquisitionEligibility for Accessing FundsLocal governments, Tribal governments, Districts
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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.