Playground Grants, Various Deadlines

Lake Ann Waterfront Park, by GFA
Lake Ann Waterfront Park, by GFA

2013 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant Program

This grant is open to applicants without a playground, or with existing equipment that is unsafe for children to use. If you already have equipment on site that you intend to keep, whether or not it is age appropriate, your application will be less competitive.

• U.S.-based municipalities
• Registered 501c3 organizations
• Public & Charter Schools
• Non-profit, child-serving organizations

Other Eligibility Requirements
• Applicant must own the land, possess a long-term lease on the land, or have permission to build from land owner
• Playground equipment purchase must fall between $24,000 and $40,000, not including freight, surfacing or side projects.
• Applicant cannot be a past KaBOOM! grant recipient
• Applicant must use the KaBOOM! community-build model throughout the planning and construction process
• Applicant must complete the playground project within 12 months of receiving the grant award
• Applicant must work with a KaBOOM! Preferred Equipment Vendor

Award Max:    $15,000.00


2013 DPS Let’s Play Maintenance Grant Program

1. Submit a completed application by a priority deadline.
2. Demonstrate that your community has led an improvement project in the last six months.
3. Rate or add your play space to the Map of Play.
4. Specific play space has not received a Maintenance Grant or an Engineered Wood Fiber Surfacing Grant in the past.
5. Sign off on the following liability language:

-Grantee agrees to use the $750 check for expenses related to the improvement and maintenance of the playspace.
-Grantee undertakes the project supported by the Grant funds on its own behalf and not on behalf of KaBOOM! or DPS, and the Grant shall in no way be construed as creating the relationship of principal and agent, of partnership or of joint venture as between KaBOOM! or DPS and the Grantee or any other person involved in the project. By accepting the Grant, the Grantee acknowledges that neither KaBOOM! nor DPS nor their respective subsidiaries and affiliates, and their officers, directors, employees or agents shall be liable for any acts, omissions, errors, injuries or damages, whether direct, indirect, incidental or consequential, associated with the use of the Grant funds or the Grant sponsored project.
-Grantee understands that they might be contacted by a representative from the Dr Pepper Snapple Group and, if requested, grantee agrees to collaborate with a representative from the Dr Pepper Snapple Group to plan and host a grant award presentation.
-Grantee acknowledges that all grantees will automatically be signed up to receive information by email from Let’s Play.

Deadline:    08-31-2013
Award Max:    $750.00

The American Academy of Dermatology’s Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces. Each Shade Structure Grant is valued up to $8,000, which includes the cost for a shade structure and installation. In addition to the grant, the Academy also provides a permanent sign near the shade structure. The AAD receives support for this program from its members and outside organizations.

Eligible applicants
The Academy Shade Structure Grant Program is open to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that provide services, programs and curricula to children and teenagers who are 18 and younger. To be considered for grants, applicants must:
•    Be recommended by an Academy member dermatologist. Locate an Academy member dermatologist by using the Find a Dermatologist tool.
•    Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to sun safety and skin cancer awareness by having a sun-safety/skin cancer awareness program in place for at least one year prior to application.
This awareness program can be re-purposed with materials available from other organizations (such as the American Cancer Society, EPA SunWise Program, CDC Sun Safety for America’s Youth Toolkit, or Cancer Control PLANET) or can be original content developed specifically for your audience.
•    Consider a shade structure that meets the stringent requirements of the Academy. See Apply for a Shade Structure Grant Program Toolkit below for specific criteria on shade structure selection.

Contact us for more information!

Playground Grants, Various Deadlines

Recreation Passport Grant Workshops

The Recreation Passport grant program was created using the funds generated from the State’s new park passport purchasing system, the same passes you can purchase when you renew  your driver’s license.

MDNR will be conducting several workshops in central/northern Michigan soon. Participants will learn about how to apply for grants from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund program, and the Recreation Passport Grant program.

Tuesday, February 5 – Big Rapids 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Holiday Inn, 1005 Perry Street, Big Rapids

Thursday, February 7 – Grayling 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Days Inn Grayling,
2556 Business Loop South I-75, Grayling

April 1, 2013 Grant Application Deadline: All Recreation Passport Grant applications must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service no later than April 1, 2013.

October, 2013 Recommended projects are submitted to DNR Director for review and selection.

December, 2013 DNR Director announces projects selected for Recreation Passport funding.

The grant program may only be used for local development projects. The program is focused on renovating and improving existing parks, but the development of new parks is eligible. The minimum grant amount is $7,500 and the maximum grant amount is $45,000. This is a reimbursement program with a 25% local match.

Eligible projects will have the primary purpose of providing public recreation opportunities or facilities and infrastructure to support public recreation activity. In addition, projects must fulfill the following requirements in order to be eligible:

  1. Current annual capital improvement plan (CIP) – plan must include the proposed project. If your community does not have a CIP, you must have a current approved recreation plan on file with the DNR.
  2. The applicant must own, have a perpetual easement, or lease the project site.
  • For leased sites: 20-year minimum if no structure; 40 years if structure involved. Any exception must be approved by DNR.
  • Leased sites with a term of less than 20 years beyond the application date are not eligible to receive grant assistance unless the lessor is a government entity and agrees to assume all grant obligations in the event that the lessor takes control of the project site.
  • Sites with lease agreements that allow for early termination of the agreement without cause are not eligible.
  • Applicants with a project on leased land or facilities must provide the lease agreement in the application for DNR review.
  • Unimpeded access to the project site must be secured through ownership or an easement of term no less than the length of time that control of the project site is secured.
  • The grantee must, at a minimum, design and maintain the facilities subject to the application in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. Facilities that are designed for universal accessibility are strongly encouraged.

Ineligible projects include:

  • Facilities and/or stadiums utilized primarily for the viewing of professional or semi-professional art, athletics, or intercollegiate or interscholastic sports. Facilities that are used for viewing of professional or semi-professional art, athletics, or intercollegiate or interscholastic sports, but whose primary purpose is the active recreational use by the general public for at least 75% of normal operation hours, are allowed.
  • Routine maintenance projects – these funds cannot be used to supplement the operational budget for maintenance of local parks and recreation departments.
  • Routine operational expenses.


The agency is also updating its guidelines for five-year rec plans. There is a webinar online here.

Recreation Passport Grant Workshops

Recreational Soccer Grants, Deadline Dec. 3

MSYSA has launched a Recreational Grant Program that is specifically geared towards MSYSA Recreational Affiliated Leagues. This program has been created for the purpose of enhancing recreational soccer clubs and recreational leagues within the State of Michigan.

Any league or club currently affiliated with the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association may apply for a grant. The following are ideas for grant topics, but are, by no means, the only ideas that may be successful; outreach to schools to increase membership, setting up a play day or tournament, long-range-planning process, player/coach handbook, financial software, startup newsletter costs, training equipment, coaching education, web page development, computer, software, etc.

Grant Applications Due December 3, 2012!

Recreational Soccer Grants, Deadline Dec. 3

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Due May 24

Up to approximately $20 million may be awarded under this RFA for about 100 projects contingent on the quality of applications received, funding availability and other applicable considerations. Applications are requested for projects identified in the RFA within the following four GLRI focus areas:

1.Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern, including reduction of toxic substances (through pollution prevention or other means) in the most polluted areas in the Great Lakes;

2.Invasive Species, including efforts to institute a “zero tolerance policy” toward new invasions;

3.Nearshore Health and Nonpoint Source Pollution, including a targeted geographic focus on high priority watersheds and reducing polluted runoff from urban, suburban and agricultural sources; and

4.Accountability, Education, Monitoring, Evaluation, Communication and Partnerships, including climate change resiliency and strategic partnerships through Lakewide Management Plans.

Eligible Applicants:

Governmental entities, including state agencies, interstate agencies, Indian tribes, local governments as defined in 40 CFR Section 31.3, institutions of higher learning (e.g., colleges and universities subject to 40 CFR Part 30 or 40 CFR Part 31), and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding under this RFA.

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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Due May 24

DNR Urban and Community Forestry Grants, Deadline Sept. 16

The Department of Natural Resources has announced applications are available for the 2011 Community Forestry Grants program.

Grant applications for community forestry activities are available from the DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program. These grants are funded through the USDA Forest Service, State, and Private Forestry Program.

“Trees provide many benefits to communities, including shade, oxygen, and beautifully landscaped streets,” said Kevin Sayers, DNR UCF program coordinator. “These grants will help enhance the livability of our communities through tree planting and improve the management of our valuable natural resources.”

Local units of government, nonprofit organizations and schools are eligible to apply. All projects must be performed on non-federal public land or land open to the public. Community forestry projects considered for funding include:

  •     community tree management and planning activities
  •     training and education activities
  •     purchase of trees, and
  •     Arbor Day celebrations

Grant applications must be received by Sept. 16, 2011, to be given funding consideration for this grant cycle. Projects must be completed by Sept. 1, 2012.

This year up to $100,000 may be awarded statewide for approved projects. All grants require a one-to-one match of funds. The match may be made up of cash contributions or in-kind services, but may not include federal funds. Depending on the category, grants up to $20,000 may be requested.

DNR Urban and Community Forestry Grants, Deadline Sept. 16

Trail Grants, Deadline May 16

As a result of these collaborative public/private, federal/state/local efforts, Michigan leads the nation in the number of trail miles on the ground. But more remains to be done, and MTGA is happy to announce the availability of small grants to assist organizations in pursuit of trail development. The MTGA Board of Directors has established a fund of $20,000 for 2011, in support of these grants. The goal of this program is to aid in the development of a connected trail network throughout the State of Michigan.

Eligible projects are those deemed likely to result in the acquisition, construction, improvement or linkage to any Michigan multi-use trailway. Eligible uses include (but are not limited to): planning and design efforts, brochures and other educational or interpretive material, public opinion surveys, legal assistance, ecological assessments, or actual trail acquisition and improvement. Applicants may have 501c3 nonprofit status, but it is not required. Grants awarded will range from $2,500 to $5,000.


  • The grant project must be able to be completed within 2 years.
  • Any grant amount not spent within 2 years shall be returned to the fund unless an extension is authorized by the MTGA Board of Directors.
  • Applicants must agree to submit a brief annual report including photos (if appropriate) for the length of the project.
  • Applicants must give proper credit to the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. This may include, but is not limited to: press releases, credit on signage or in publications.
  • Successful applicants are expected to provide to MTGA notices of project meetings and events; MTGA staff will attend or assist with these activities as needed or requested.

Final grant decisions, in the case of a scoring tie, may be based on several factors, including the relative urgency of the work being proposed, the need for funding, the ability of this grant to leverage other funding sources, and the geographic distribution of other awardees.

Deadline for Submission
Proposals for 2011 should be received or postmarked no later than May 16, 2011 and proposal submitters will be notified of grant decisions by letter no later than the 1st week of July, 2011. Funds will be disbursed at the mid-July Michigander Bike Tour. Contact us for more information!

Trail Grants, Deadline May 16

Recreation Passport Grants, Deadline May 1

Recreation Passport Grant Applications Now Available

The Department of Natural Resources today announced that local units of government interested in applying for public recreation grants through the Recreation Passport Local Grant Program have until May 1, 2011 to apply.

Funding for the grant program is made possible through the new Recreation Passport Program. On Oct. 1, 2010, the $10 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) replaced the state’s annual $24 motor vehicle permit, or window sticker, that was required for a Michigan-registered vehicle to enter a state park or recreation area, as well as the $24 annual boating access permit. The Recreation Passport helps fund Michigan’s state parks, state recreation areas, boating facilities, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized trails, and historic resources in state parks. In addition, the program provides park and recreation development grants for local units of government.

The Recreation Passport Grant Program provides funding assistance for local public recreation needs through the development of public recreation facilities. The program emphasizes applications for parks and recreation infrastructure renovations and major repairs, while excluding the use of funds for operational expenses.

The maximum grant request this year is $30,000. Total funding for this year is expected to be between $150,000 and $200,000.

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Recreation Passport Grants, Deadline May 1

Great Lakes Coastal AOC Grants, Deadline Feb 2

NOAA Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Program Project Grants under the U.S. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in Areas of Concern

NOAA delivers funding and technical expertise to restore Great Lakes coastal habitats. These habitats support valuable fisheries and protected resources; improve the quality of our water; provide recreational opportunities for the public’s use and enjoyment; and buffer our coastal communities from the impacts of changing lake levels. Projects funded through NOAA have strong on-the-ground habitat restoration components that provide social and economic benefits for people and their communities in addition to long-term ecological habitat improvements. Through this solicitation, NOAA seeks to openly compete funding available for habitat restoration in U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern ( under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative as anticipated in the President’s FY2011 Budget. Applications should be submitted for any project that is to be considered for this funding, even for those projects already submitted as applications to other NOAA competitions. Competition will ensure that the most beneficial restoration projects are selected to realize significant ecological gains and ensure that projects are “shovel-ready.” Applications selected for funding through this solicitation will be implemented through a grant or cooperative agreement, with awards dependent upon the amount of funds made available to NOAA for this purpose by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. NOAA anticipates up to $5 million may be available for Great Lakes coastal habitat restoration; typical awards are expected to range between $1 million to $4 million. NOAA will also accept proposals for engineering and design of habitat restoration projects; typical awards are expected to range between $75,000 and $350,000. Funds will be administered by NOAA’s Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Program (GLHRP).

Current Closing Date for Applications:     Feb 02, 2011
Expected Number of Awards:     20
Estimated Total Program Funding:     $5,000,000
CFDA Number(s):     11.463  —  Habitat Conservation
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:     No

Eligible Applicants

  • institutions of higher education
  • non-profits
  • industry and commercial (for profit) organization
  • organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments
  • international organizations
  • state, local and Indian tribal governments.

Applications from federal agencies or employees of federal agencies will not be considered. Federal agencies are strongly encouraged to work with states, non-governmental organizations, municipal and county governments, conservation corps organizations and others that are eligible to apply. The Department of Commerce/ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC/NOAA) is strongly committed to broadening the participation of historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and institutions that work in under-served areas. The GLHRP encourages applications involving any of the above institutions.

Through this solicitation, NOAA seeks to openly compete funding available for habitat restoration in U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern ( ) under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative as anticipated in the President’s FY2011 Budget.

Great Lakes Coastal AOC Grants, Deadline Feb 2

EDA Changes Format for FY2011


Above: The Gaylord Industrial Park, an EDA-Funded Project Designed by GFA

In FY 2011 EDA will move to a quarterly funding cycle system. Beginning on October 14, 2010 applications will still be accepted on a continuing basis, but must be received by the deadlines set out below in order to be considered for funding during a particular cycle. Eligible applicants have the option of receiving preliminary feedback on an application’s technical and competitive merits by submitting the application for an optional preliminary review. EDA will provide such feedback no later than 15 business days after EDA’s receipt of an application, and applicants will have the opportunity to revise and/or supplement the application as necessary or submit a new application by the funding cycle deadline or in time for consideration in a subsequent funding cycle. Applicants that elect to receive such feedback must submit an application sufficiently in advance of the applicable funding cycle deadline so that EDA can provide feedback and the applicant can revise and/or provide additional documentation or submit anew by the deadline. EDA will not select projects for funding until after the funding cycle deadline has passed.

Hard copy applications must be delivered with a postmark or courier service’s time and date stamp dated on or before 5:00 pm local time in the applicable regional office on the funding cycle deadline date. For FY 2011, the funding cycle deadlines are as follows:
December 15 for funding cycle 1;
March 10 for funding cycle 2;
June 10 for funding cycle 3; and
September 15 for funding cycle 1 of FY 2012.

EDA’s overall mission is to help distressed communities establish a foundation for durable regional economies throughout the United States. Grants made under these programs will focus on innovation and regional collaboration to create and retain higher wage and sustainable jobs, leverage the flow of private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. EDA encourages its rural and urban partners around the country to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions.

Eligible applicants include a(n):

(i) District Organization of a designated Economic Development District (EDD);

(ii) Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes;

(iii) State, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions;

(iv) institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or

(v) public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State.

EDA will evaluate applications on a competitive basis in order to maximize the economic revitalization impact of the program based on the extent to which applications address the following core evaluation criteria:
Address National Strategic Priorities, including technology-led development, support for small- and medium-sized businesses, global competitiveness and innovation, economic dislocation due to auto industry restructuring or natural disasters, commercializing research, and environmentally sustainable development.
Assist Economically Distressed and Underserved Communities to strengthen diverse communities that have suffered disproportionate economic and job losses and/or are rebuilding to become more competitive in the global economy.
Demonstrate a good return on EDA’s investment through job creation or retention and/or serving as a catalyst for private sector investment.
Demonstrate or support regional collaboration to support the development and growth of innovation clusters based on existing regional competitive strengths.
Employ public-private partnerships to use both public and private resources and/or leverage complementary investments by other government/public entities and/or non-profits.

Contact us for more information on EDA programs!

EDA Changes Format for FY2011

MDNRE Trust Fund, Deadline August 3

It will soon be park season and if you are seeking to provide more recreational opportunities now is the time to get started! The MDNRE Natural Resources Trust Fund has a secondary deadline August 3 for land acquisition projects only.

* August 3 – Secondary application deadline for land acquisition projects only.

Application materials are generally available each January for the current year application cycle. Final grant recommendations are made by the MNRTF Board of Trustees in late fall and submitted to the Legislature for approval and appropriation of funds. Local grant and DNRE applications are evaluated and scored by the staff in Grants Management, using criteria and a point scale established annually by the MNRTF Board. While only state and local governments may apply to the MNRTF, any individual, group, or organization may nominate land for consideration for acquisition. A nomination is a suggestion that a parcel of land be considered for DNRE ownership.

Applications are evaluated on criteria established by the MNRTF Board of Trustees. Local units of government must provide at least 25% of the project’s total costs as local match. Recommendations are made by the MNRTF Board of Trustees to the Governor, which are forwarded to the Michigan Legislature for final approval and appropriation.

There are eight (nine for development applications only) evaluation criteria:
1. Need for project
2. Applicant history
3. Site quality and Project quality
4. Natural Resource Protection and Use/Recreation Opportunities
5. Financial Need of the Applicant
6. Urban Area Recreation Opportunities
7. Local Match
8. Entrance Fees
9. Universal Design (development applications only)

Priority Project Types of the MNRTF Board for 2010 are:
1. Trails/Greenways
2. Wildlife/Ecological Corridors and Winter Deeryard Acquisitions
3. Project is located within an Urban Area.

Applicant Eligibility:

The state and counties, cities, townships, villages, school districts, the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority, or any authority composed of counties, cities, townships, villages or school districts, or any combination thereof, which authority is legally constituted to provide public recreation. Local units of government must have a DNRE-approved 5-year recreation plan on file with the Department prior to application.

Application Process:
1. Submittal of a community recreation plan
2. Submittal of grant application
3. Evaluation by DNRE staff
4. Recommendation of funding by the Michigan Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board
5. Appropriation of project funds by the Legislature

Local community recreation plans must be submitted to the DNRE by the application due date. The secondary application deadline of August 2nd is for acquisition applications only.

Grant awards are dependent on the appropriations process, but project agreements are normally distributed within 12 to 18 months after the application submission.

Dollar Amount(s) Available:
Development project minimum/maximum grant amount: $15,000 to $500,000. No minimum/maximum limits on land acquisition grants.

Source(s) of Funds:
Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund

Source: MDNRE website

MDNRE Trust Fund, Deadline August 3