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 Grant Opportunities

2021 Youth Sports and Play Grant

All kids deserve a fun, safe place to play where they feel like they belong. Research shows that when children play sports, they increase their chances to grow up healthy, feel good about themselves, build friendships, develop skills like teamwork and respect, and are more likely to succeed in school and in their future careers. Through the Youth Sports and Play Grant, NRPA and Disney are teaming up to provide communities across the country with increased access to play to help all kids have fair and equitable access to the benefits of physical activity, including playing sports.

The Youth Sports and Play grant opportunity will provide $40,000 grants to park and recreation agencies to implement park projects that increase equitable access to youth sports and play. Applications of interest due no later than July 23, 2021. Learn more and apply.

USDA Grants for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of up to $4 million for grants to support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects. USDA's Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (Office) is accepting proposals for planning and innovation projects, and these grants are part of USDA's broader efforts to support urban agriculture. Deadline to apply is July 30. Learn more and apply.  

2021 Little Seeds Pollinator Pals Grant

The Little Seeds Pollinator Pals Grant presented by Little Seeds and KidsGardening is designed to support youth garden programs interested in preserving and creating pollinator habitat to help rebuild declining pollinator populations. In 2021, eighteen programs will be awarded a check for $500 to support the development of new and expansion of existing pollinator gardens in communities across the United States. Applications are due July 30, 2021.

Rite Aid Foundation KidCents Regional Grants

KidCents Regional Grants ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 are available in select counties and states for out-of-school time programs that improve nutrition, physical fitness or academic success. Eligible projects must include an educational component, and priority will be given to programs that deliver quality out-of-school services to children and youth in high-need families. Eligible applicants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving eligible service areas. Letters of interest are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund/Major League Baseball Field Maintenance Education Program

This program provides the opportunity for Major League Baseball groundskeepers to share tips and techniques with other professional sports turf managers, coaches, parents and volunteers who are involved in the maintenance of youth baseball and softball fields. In conjunction with the clinics, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund awards a $10,000 grant to a local organization selected by the participating club. The grant funds are used for the purchase of field maintenance supplies, equipment or services. Learn more and apply.

Other Grant Opportunity

- The Skatepark Project Grants- Tom Hawk Foundation (Applications Available August 2021)

- Association of Aquatic Professionals Grants- Life Jackets and Swim Lessons (4 Application Deadlines are Jan 1/ Apr 1/ Jul 1/ Oct 1)

- Louder Than Words Grants by Finish Line (Application Periods are Mar 10-April 30/ May 1-June 30/ July 1-August 31)

- Grants.gov

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