How to Apply for Grants for Community Parks

by Brooke Williams
Research is one step to finding grant funding for a community park.

Research is one step to finding grant funding for a community park.

Whether you desire to rebuild trails, conserve land or better beautify land for citizens to enjoy, funding may be pertinent to improve or sustain a community park. There is a multitude of funding sources nationwide that support parks. Applying for a community parks grant takes ample research, persistence and hard work.

Research grant opportunities on a local, state and federal level. For funding to benefit a community park, inquire about any requests for proposals from your city government. Check out possible opportunities from your state's department of environment and conservation or your state parks and recreation department. For federal grants, research Grants.gov, a website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Grants.gov lists all federal grants, and interested applicants can often submit proposals on the website.

Research foundation grants. The Foundation Center, an organization that provides resources to grant seekers and grant makers, lists requests for proposals online in a wide array of topic areas. Community development and the environment are two of the Foundation Center's topic areas that may correlate with community parks. Grant seekers can also search for specific foundations on the center's website.

Thoroughly read the guidelines from each potential grantor. Determine the due dates of the proposals, and ensure you have ample time to complete the proposals. Before putting time and effort into completing a proposal, ensure that your organization or community park is eligible for funding. Also make sure that your park's need relates to the grantor's mission for giving. If your organization meets all requirements, gather all necessary documents and forms, such as a IRS documents, letter of support or an organizational chart.

Write the proposal. Some applications consist of only a handful of questions, and other applications require more information, such as sufficient data, current outcomes and a budget narrative. Be sure to include all required information, and answer all questions in detail. Be precise, and ensure there are no grammatical errors in the proposal. Submit the proposal before the deadline.

About the Author

Brooke Williams is a freelance writer living in Alabama. She is a former education and government reporter at a daily newspaper and has been writing since 2003. Williams received her journalism degree from Auburn University. She has written for "Health for Alabama" and "Health for Tennessee" magazines.

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