Grants

Congratulations Erie MetroParks and The Olander Park System on Winning OPRAF Grants!

Congratulations to our July 15, 2018 grant winners Erie MetroParks and The Olander Park System!

The Olander Park System was awarded a $750 administrative grant for Lifeguard/Waterfront Safety Instructor Training.  The objective of this grant is to improve the ability of TOPS to properly staff the beach and swim area at Lake Olander with lifeguards who are trained and certified as Red Cross Lifeguards with the additional Waterfront Skills certification.

The Olander Park System also received a $1,750 program development grant for their Stand Up Paddleboard Rental Program.  This new rental program will help boost participation in water activities and help to modernize and reinvigorate the boat rental business on Olander Lake.

Erie MetroParks received a $1,500 program development grant for their Backpack Explorer Program.  Erie MetroParks’ staff will lead nature hikes for students in grades 3-8 enrolled in the Perkins School District and in the City of Sandusky at various MetroParks and encourage the students to use the items in the backpack to explore.

Program Development Grants

The focus of Program Development Grants is to provide seed money to member agencies interested in developing new programs or activities not funded by their agency. Funds are typically used to establish new and innovative program ideas; but could also be utilized as an extension or new direction for an existing program.  The proposed programs should be integrated into agency curricula in ways that promote the development of parks and recreation activity and promotes financial sustainability. Maximum grant allocation is currently set at $2,500.

Applications for Program Development Grants are accepted year round; application deadlines set for January 15th and July 15th annually.

Research Grants

Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Foundation administers Research Grants recognizing that research is an essential element to provide more relevant information and services to OPRA members and the public. Research projects are categorized by the following; Advocacy, Operational, Academic or Product.

Up to $2,000 may be requested per fiscal year; application deadlines set for January 15th and July 15th annually.

Administrative Grants

Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Foundation (OPRAF) distributes Administrative Grants, recognizing that general operating and overhead expenses can impede an agency’s ability to foster its mission. The focus of this grant is to provide seed money to member agencies interested in developing agency wide initiatives, community outreach, or those working toward financial sustainability in the face of escalating operating costs. Examples of eligible proposals: promotional pieces for an agency such as video production, creation of a non-profit friends group, necessary training for staff, etc.

Up to $1,500 may be requested per fiscal year; application deadlines set for January 15th and July 15th annually.

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