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

ShapingNJThe 5th Leaders’ Academy for Healthy Community Development, cosponsored by the New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the New Jersey Department of Health, will be held on FRIDAY, October 24, 2014 at the Robert Wood Johnson Fitness & Wellness Center – 3100 Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton New Jersey.  The event begins at 8 am (registration, networking Breakfast and Gallery Walk showcasing 2014 grantees) and will end at 3:30 pmThis bi-annual event will feature expert speakers, highlight success stories from recent grantees and also serve as the bidders conference for the new funding opportunity. The ShapingNJ Healthy Community Grants initiative funds communities with small grants (approximately $10,000) for policy and environmental work at the local level – to improve access to healthy food and increase opportunities for routine, daily physical activity and thus, prevent/reduce obesity and other chronic diseases.  Both capacity building and implementation grants will be considered.  To see some of the current efforts taking place throughout NJ, visit Eligible applicants may include New Jersey public and private nonprofit entities such as municipalities, parks and recreation programs, schools/districts, local health departments, hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, YW-YMCA’s and other community based organizations capable of carrying out the work. Although community teams are not required to attend the 5th Leaders’ Academy for Healthy Community Development skill building workshop on October 24, 2014, additional points will be awarded on the application for attendance (at least three members must be in attendance for the entire day in order to be awarded additional points). Community teams may include local health departments, policy and decision making agencies, private voluntary agencies, local advocates, municipal engineers and planners, faith based-organizations and other community stakeholders. If you meet the criteria above and would like to attend on 5th Leaders’ Academy on October 24, 2014, you must RSVP to Pamela Howard at (609) 292-2209 or electronically including all names of team members and contact information for each (email, organization, phone number). If you have any questions, please contact Karin Mille at or Janet Heroux at

Morgan Stanley Hopes To Improve Children’s Wellness: A $500,000 grant from Morgan Stanley is supporting nutrition programs, wellness education, health screenings, and the development of safe places to play like the playground built this summer by employees and volunteers. “What we are attempting to do is combine nutrition, wellness education, health screenings with healthy foods, and then also provide safe places to play,” Steinberg said. “We’re trying to see if we can move the needle on kid’s health if you start pulling these things together.” For the full article go to:

BCI Burke Commits $1.5 Million to “Play Today”FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin (April 14, 2014) – BCI Burke’s avid commitment to create outdoor recreation opportunities for kids’ play and fitness is ramping up savings on the most innovative and industry leading structures.  Burke’s NucleusTM, Intensity®, NaturePlay®, Little BuddiesTM, and VoltageTM play systems are featured in the “Play Today” grants totaling $1.5 million, along with an array of play freestanding favorites that include Burke Basics spinners, swings, climbers, drums and Rock ‘N’ Ride racecar. The “Play Today” grants incentivize leaders at schools, churches, child cares, municipalities, homeowners’ associations, and other groups who are looking to improve their outdoor play areas.  The funding is only available until June 20, 2014. The “Play Today” program accentuates Burke’s passion to provide play for all children. They are the ideal catalyst for groups that need extra momentum to make their playground projects become a reality, according to Tim Ahern, CEO/owner of BCI Burke. BCI Burke’s Reinventing PlayTM business focus showcases continual improvement and premium customer commitment, as well as creating the highest quality playground, park and recreation products that are backed by the best warranty in the industry. Since its inception in the early 1920s, BCI Burke has been an avid champion of engaging kids and families in healthy, challenging and safe play.  For more information, visit

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

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 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

Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program
The National Park Service (NPS) State and Local Assistance Division announced the availability of $3 million in appropriations for Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance grants for a pilot national competitive grant program. State, regional, and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribes are invited to submit proposals for matching grants to support projects that would acquire or develop public land for outdoor recreation purposes located within or serving jurisdictions with a population of 50,000 or more people that are densely settled.

Following is the link to the full announcement and guidelines:

RWJ Foundation Announces 2015 Culture of Health  Awards
Recreation and Park professionals are often the drivers in creating healthier communities, often through building coalitions and awareness of the health benefits of recreation, parks, and physical activity. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) 2015 Culture of Health Prize is awarded annually to honor outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their accomplishments celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country. For more information go to the following link:

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