Grants

Congratulations Five Rivers MetroParks, Kent State University and Metroparks Toledo on Winning OPRAF Grants!

Congratulations to our January 15, 2019 grant winners Five Rivers MetroParks, Kent State University and Metroparks Toledo!

Five Rivers MetroParks was awarded a $2500 program development grant for their program Grounded and Growing.  This program will empower youth to engage in community hunger initiatives while taking control of their own health and wellness through growing, cooking and sharing fresh food.

Kent State University received a $2,000 grant to research the effectiveness of day camp staff training on preparedness to provide inclusive camp experiences for children with disabilities.  The purpose of this study is to develop and test the effectiveness of training content and materials to prepare summer day camp staff to include children with disabilities in summer day camps.

Metroparks Toledo received a $1,500 administrative grant for their Performance Management Training.  The training will create a performance management system that supports supervisors in their efforts to build a high-performance culture, drives accountability and rewards high levels of performance and positive behavior.

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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