Funding Resources

When planning your next park upgrade, outdoor fitness park, fitness trail or any outdoor recreation project, cost is always the key factor. We have compiled a list of grants and funding opportunities that may be available for your next project. You may find there are one or multiple funding opportunities that can help turn your recreation project from a dream to a reality.

US Funding

A great resource for any parks and recreation or community development grants that may be available to you is the Council of Foundations. This is a comprehensive resource center on the over 800 community foundations in the US. Go to the community foundation map to see if there is a foundation set up in your city or county.

If your community does not have a foundation or even if it does there are still lots of funding opportunities for your next park development project.

In 2016, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis approved ordinances to reverse years of underfunding in neighborhood parks.

Transamerica believes our responsibilities extend beyond our corporate walls. That's why we created the Aegon Transamerica Foundation in 1994.

Air Canada needs the communities where it operates and where its employees, customers and other stakeholders live and work to be healthy, financially strong and dynamic.

The Airport Community Giving program empowers WestJet owners to be active participants in giving back to the communities where we live and work. Through the program WestJetters at our domestic airports review and support donation requests based on their community's local needs and priorities.

IN 2016, THE J.A. AND KATHRYN ALBERTSON FAMILY FOUNDATION CELEBRATED 50 YEARS OF GIVING, TOTALING NEARLY $700 MILLION TO IDAHO COMMUNITIES. The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation believes in making Idaho a place to continuously learn, thrive, and prosper.

Austin Parks Foundation partners with our community to enhance people’s lives by making our public parks, trails and green spaces better through volunteerism, innovative programming, advocacy and financial support. Four different grants available:

Since its inception in 2009, the Aviva Community Fund has awarded $8.5 million to over 280 charities and community groups across Canada. We can’t wait to donate another $1 million this year. The ingenuity of some ideas excited us. The generosity of spirit of others took our breath away.

At Bank of America, we’re helping build thriving communities by addressing issues fundamental to economic health and sustainability. We are advancing economic mobility by addressing issues related to workforce development and education, community development, and basic needs.

The BNSF Railway Foundation (the “Foundation”) supports organizations and programs that support and improve the general welfare and quality of life in the communities in which BNSF Railway Company operates.


Since 1953, the Campbell Soup Foundation has provided financial support to local champions that inspire positive change in communities throughout the United States where Campbell Soup Company employees live and work.

Canada Post Community Foundations charity is to make a positive impact in the lives of children in the communities Canada Post serves by supporting registered charities, local initiatives and community or school programs that benefit children.

Community Development Block Grant Program

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.

The Challenge Cost Share Program is intended to support specific National Park Service mission related projects that align with goals of local project partners.

Quality of Life Grants

Pioneered by the late Dana Reeve, the Quality of Life Grants Program recognizes projects and initiatives that foster community engagement, inclusion and involvement, while promoting health and wellness for individuals living with paralysis and their families.The Q

Co-op Community Spaces has been developed to help protect, beautify and improve spaces across Western Canada.

This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas.

The purpose of the Credit Enhancement program is to award grants to eligible entities that demonstrate innovative methods of helping charter schools address the cost of acquiring, constructing, and renovating facilities by enhancing the availability of loans and bond financing.

Darden’s definition of service extends beyond the four walls of our restaurants and into the communities we serve. The Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation works to bring to life this spirit of service through its philanthropic support of charitable organizations across the country.

The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) provides funding for eligible capital projects that increase accessibility for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces, creating more opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in community activities, programs and servi

The FCC AgriSpirit Fund is about enhancing rural communities.

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses.

Federal surface transportation law provides flexibility to fund pedestrian and bicycle projects and activities from several transportation funding programs.

The F. M. Kirby Foundation aims effectively to manage and utilize that which has been entrusted to it over multiple generations of the Kirby family. It strives to make thoughtful and prudent philanthropic commitments to highly selective grantee partners.

FundingFactory turns your used toner and inkjet cartridges into cash to fund your organization.

The Glaser Family Charitable Foundation is a family foundation that was established in 2001 and is located in Bonham, Texas. The foundation has a broad range of philanthropic interests.

The Home Depot Foundation offers grant awards up to $5,000 to 501c designated organizations (recognized and in good standing with the IRS for a minimum of one year) and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community.

Playground grants to help communities build safe places for kids to play.

The mission of the Kinder Foundation is to support Greater Houston as a model city for economic opportunity and quality of life by providing transformational grants to promote preservation and accessibility of parks and green space for healthy recreation, encouraging and improving learning opport

The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established by Congress in 1964 to fulfill a bipartisan commitment to safeguard our natural areas, water resources and cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans.

We endeavor to help individuals reach their full potential, families to thrive and communities to flourish through grants to a range of charitable organizations.

Supporting the community has always been extremely important to L.L.Bean and now that trend continues in a big way.

Since 1976, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $783 million in grants and $70 million in program-related investments to make a positive difference for the individuals, families and communities we serve.

Through Meet Me at the Park, NRPA in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company understand the need to improve access to outdoor play.

The Missoula County Parks and Trails Advisory Board frequently forms partnerships with non-profit organizations to improve and maintain County parks and other public recreation areas. In these partnerships, the Park Board provides planning assistance and funding.

The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program supports bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride. Please review the following information carefully before submitting a grant application.

BCAA has a long history of protecting kids in BC, on and off the road. The goal of BCAA Play Here is to continue this tradition by giving children in BC better places to play. To accomplish this objective, we’re looking for play spaces around the province that are in need of revitalization.

PNM Power Up Grants aim to strengthen New Mexico by investing in our communities. The PNM Fund seeks innovative and creative proposals that support the communities PNM serves and where it has business interests.

The Randolph Health Community Foundation was founded in 1995 and awarded its first grants in 1997. Contributions to the foundation have been a valuable part of the Foundation's ability to award over $1.6 million in grants over the past 22 years.

With assets over $2.6 billion at December 31, 2017, the Richard King Mellon Foundation has built on the vision of its founders.

At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we believe that good health and health care are fundamental measures of our success as a nation.In support of this belief, we fund program and policy initiatives in four areas which are each critical to health equity—enabling everyone in our nation to live a

RCDI grants are awarded to help non-profit housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities and federally recognized tribes support housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects in rural areas. 

The Aetna Foundation is seeking to support community-based nonprofit partners who are working on solutions that address the social determinants of health - the factors that impact wellness outside of the doctor’s office, such as having access to fresh fruits and vegetables, safe places to walk an

The Communities Program invests in programs that improve the education, health, employment, and economic opportunities for individuals living on Chicago’s south and west sides and suburban communities where racial and economic disparities are prevalent.

Age-Friendly Sarasota is a countywide effort in Florida to promote active, engaged, and healthy living for people of all ages.

At Rite Aid, our mission is to improve the health and wellness of our communities through engaging experiences that provide our customers with the best products, services and advice to meet their unique wellness needs. We live this commitment every day in every community we serve.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation’s mission is to improve the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve.

We are committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Through our programs, we help rural Americans in many ways.

The Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund supports programs that enhance individual and community potential. The Fund primarily is committed to programs that benefit residents of Baltimore City.