Grants

Congratulations Cincinnati Recreation Commission, First Presbyterian Church of Nelsonville and Stark County Park District on Winning OPRAF Grants!

Congratulations to our July 15, 2019 grant winners Cincinnati Recreation Commission, First Presbyterian Church of Nelsonville and Stark County Park District!

Cincinnati Recreation Commission was awarded a $1,000 program development grant for their Game of Life Program.  This program will focus on developing and strengthening essential life skills for individuals with disabilities. Life skills include daily living activities such as dressing, eating and bathing as well as recreation and leisure. These skills are essential to living an independent life and can boost the quality to life of the individual living with a disability as well as those around them. Another objective is to promote not only independence in daily living, but to also develop self-confidence for the individual.

First Presbyterian Church of Nelsonville received a $2,500 program development grant for their Dock Structure for Outdoor Education Program.  A permanent dock element will be installed in the existing land lab and will expand the value and opportunity for environmental observation and learning for the over 900 elementary school children who visit each year from the five area schools. Specific programming to include bird watching, aquatic ecology, botany and etymology will be developed as a result of this fixture.

Stark County Park District received a $1,000 program development grant for their OhioBio: Can You Survive the Tale? Program. This program will create an interactive experience to enhance existing exhibitry in the Congressman Ralph Regula Canalway Center and educate the public of local natural history in order to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.

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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