The New Jersey Recreation and Park Association tracks grant programs in which its members may benefit.  The links published below do not guarantee grant programs will be immediately available.

Current Grants Available

CDC announced available grants for the State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) Program. Poor nutrition and low levels of physical activity affect overall health and are significant risk factors for obesity and other chronic diseases. This five-year program provides state health departments the support and flexibility to work on systems at the state and local levels to implement evidence-based strategies and to leverage resources from multiple stakeholders and sectors to improve the nutrition and physical activity status of Americans. Click here to apply.


Good Sports gives all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need. Click Here to apply


Project Fit America! is a national agency that works at the grassroots level with schools and front line educators to create new opportunities for kids to be active, fit and healthy. They believe in fit kids, one school at a time.   They work with communities to bring in funding, equipment, teacher training, curriculum and the resources schools need to get kids fit and foster a love of movement. Click Here for information.


The SPARK Grant-Finder Tool helps you locate funding for your Physical Education, After School, Early Childhood, Classroom Activity, or Coordinated School Health program. Grants can be used for curriculum, teacher training, or equipment. Click Here for information.


The National Park Service assists community groups and the public with historic preservation, recreation and improved access to public lands, natural resource conservation, and education and stewardship. Community assistance programs of the National Park Service empower local organizations to advance preservation and conservation work in rural and urban communities. The Directory of National Park Service Community Assistance Programs is a short guide to the 54 opportunities for receiving assistance from the National Park Service.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded the Department of Environmental Protection an $850,000 grant under the federal Endangered Species Act Grants Program. The funds will go toward the acquisition of hundreds of key acres of habitat for the bog turtle, which is found predominately in the northern half of New Jersey.

For more information see the DEP news release at .


Bicycle and Pedestrian Federal Funding Opportunities
Courtesy of FHWA

Trails projects, pedestrian and bicycle projects (including modifications to comply with accessibility requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990), and Safe Routes to School projects are eligible under multiple Federal funding programs. Although many States focus on the Transportation Alternatives or the Recreational Trails Program, trail and pedestrian and bicycle projects are also eligible under the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBG). 

For more information:


Grantor: Salem Health & Wellness Foundation
Amount: Varies
Deadline: Rolling Deadline

One of the objectives of the Healthy Kids, Bright Futures grant is to reduce childhood obesity by promoting healthier eating habits and lifestyles and nutrition education in Salem County, NJ. LOI deadlines are every 2 months

Government Grant Listings

Local government agencies can benefit from grant opportunities available through federal and state government sources.

State of New Jersey - Grants and Loans

State of New Jersey – Department of Health and Human Services – Shaping NJ
State of New Jersey – Department of Community Affairs – SAGE
State of New Jersey – Division of Parks & Forestry – Trails Grants Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
United States Fish & Wildlife Service

Partnership Grant Listings
The National Recreation & Park Association has developed many partnerships which members of NJRPA may take advantage of.  Membership in NRPA may be required to access these funding sources. NRPA – National Initiatives

Private Grant Listings
Private companies and organizations throughout the world donate money and resources to the public sector and local non-profit organizations.  The sources listed below are known contributors to Parks, Recreation and Conservation initiatives.

NFL Youth Football Fund

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