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National Recreation and Park Association: Green Urban Parks Campaign Grants

Deadline: April 29, 2016

Green Urban Parks Campaign Grants seek to demonstrate the effectiveness of green infrastructure to positively affect environmental change in underserved low-income communities and communities of color, and thereby increase community engagement, connection to nature, and physical activity by community residents. The intention is to create replicable model projects that provide strategies and lessons learned for application by a wide range of communities.

Grants will fund green infrastructure projects in parks that achieve each of the following key objectives:

  • Increased public access to recreational opportunities and access to nature via public parks in underserved low-income communities and communities of color
  • Improved environmental quality and increased hazard mitigation by reducing flooding, improving the site’s ability to hold and retain stormwater, improving water quality, improving wildlife habitat, and increasing biodiversity
  • A community engaged in improving environmental quality through green infrastructure solutions to stormwater management

Amount: A total of $1,750,000 is available to award three to five grants, ranging from $350,000-$575,000. Matching funds are not required. However, it is expected that this grant will supplement substantial secured funding necessary to complete the proposed project.

Eligibility: The principal applicant must be a park and recreation agency or affiliated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. If the applicant is not a park and recreation agency, the applicant is required to submit a letter of support for the project being proposed from the park and recreation agency director. The project must take place at a public park site in a low-income underserved community.

Link: http://www.nrpa.org/greeninfrastructure/

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