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NRPA Grant Opportunity
May 23, 2017
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Through Meet Me at the Park, NRPA in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company understand the need to improve access to outdoor play - including trails, mobile play, play spaces and sports. Thanks to a grant from Disney, NRPA is excited to expand the Meet Me at the park program and provide additional communities with increased access to inclusive play spaces in local parks for children and families across the U.S. As part of this program, park and recreation agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories will be invited to share their best ideas on increasing access to inclusive play spaces for children and families in underserved communities. Agencies with the most innovative, scalable and impactful project ideas will receive grants to build their projects.  

This investment supports NRPA and Disney's combined goal of providing one million kids and families with greater access to play.  

Eligibility
Applicants must:
  • Be a local government park and recreation agency, (e.g., municipal park and recreation department, tribal recreation department, park district, etc.)
  • Provide opportunities for community engagement and volunteerism in association with the project.
  • Promote the project locally through its own communication channels and on social media.
  • Administer surveys and collect data from at least 25 people at the project site once the project is completed. Surveys and training will be provided.
  • Four of the selected grantees will be required to conduct a more in-depth evaluation. Tools and training will be provided to selected grantees.
Application Due Date
Applications are due by 11:59PM ET on Friday, June 23, 2017.

Webinar to Learn More
NPRA will be hosting a webinar to go over the goals of the grant and frequently asked questions during the RFA period. To register for the webinar on Thursday, May 25th at 2pm EST click here.

Questions
If you have questions about this grant opportunity please email PlayspacesRFA@nrpa.org.

Click here to learn more and apply today!

 

Upcoming Events
Turfgrass Research Field ...
8/22/2017
R.R Foil Plant Science Research Facility (North Farm) in Starkville, MS

 

Mississippi State University Extension Service in conjunction with the Mississippi Turfgrass Association will present the 4th annual Turfgrass Research Field Day. This year's event will feature new speakers and timely topics. Registration opens at 8 a.m.
NRPA OSI
9/26/2017
New Orleans, LA

 

NRPA conference attendees have an awesome number of Off-Site Institutes (OSI) to choose from this year. “Rolling Down the River to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park”, “A Taste of New Orleans”, and the “New Orleans City Park Katrina Recovery” are just a few of the OSI planned for you.
MRPA Annual Conference
10/16/2017
Tupelo, Mississippi

 

This is our 50th anniversary celebration. Please come share this milestone with us.
Our Mission
The Mississippi Recreation and Park Association provides avenues to build communities, reduce crime, and improve the health of Mississippians. We work closely with state and local recreation professionals to publicize and support statewide and local parks and recreational activities.

We engage students, faculty and elected officials across the state with open communications and improved educational and training opportunities.

MRPA supports our members through leadership development, advocacy and improved training opportunities.

Our members share their knowledge and promote the value of parks and recreation and we embrace networking and social opportunities.