The COVID-19 Pandemic has disrupted lives across the planet and slowed many industries to a crawl. Parks and recreation is no different. The Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Foundation is dedicated to assisting parks professionals with research, education and collaboration.
At this time the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Foundation is providing $10,000 worth of emergency grant program funding to assist departments across the state. Many departments have frozen spending to counter the loss of revenue streams. The foundation has set up ten $1,000 grants to assist departments with seed money to start new programs aimed at assisting parks and rec users and visitors with recreational opportunities, whether that is online or in person. The grant application has been scaled down considerably to assist you with getting the ball rolling.
Applications for the COVID-19 Grants were due May 1st. The grant reviewing committee is currently scoring the grants. We hope to have notification out to the applicants by May 8th.
Congratulations Erie MetroParks, Gahanna Parks and Recreation and Miamisburg Parks & Recreation on Winning OPRAF Grants!
Congratulations to our January 15, 2020 grant winners Erie MetroParks, Gahanna Parks & Recreation and Miamisburg Parks & Recreation!
Erie MetroParks was awarded a $1,076 program development grant for the Erie MetroParks Conservation Club. The Conservation Club is a monthly type of program geared towards the underserved students in grades 8-12. This program will offer interested students an opportunity for hands-on conservation experience.
Gahanna Parks & Recreation received a $1,500 administrative grant for their Parks and Recreation Department’s Marketing Plan. The Marketing Plan will help the department outline the external marketing and communications processes, as well as their overall goals to engage Gahanna citizens in the department’s programs, events and activities.
Miamisburg Parks & Recreation received a $2,500 program development grant for their Green Space Management Program. Miamisburg Parks & Recreation is committed to publicizing a pollinator project that eliminates maintenance costs while preserving pollinator health and environments. This program will help to increase awareness about declining pollinator populations and the important role of habitat restoration. This initiative will sustain far past the phase of publicizing and continue to accommodate pollinator and resource management needs for a better future.
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.
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.
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.