Community Parks and Recreation Grants
DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation builds connections between citizens and the outdoors by providing funding and technical assistance support for local recreation and park improvement projects through its Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants.
Funding priority is given to projects that implement elements of Pennsylvania’s
2014–2019 Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.
Eligible applicants for parks and recreation grants include:
Most of the available funding opportunities require a cash or non-cash matching contribution that is equal to 50 percent of the project cost.
Community Recreation and Conservation Planning Funding
Funding is available to assists communities with planning for public parks, recreation, conservation areas, and facilities. Examples of projects can include:
Master site development plans
Comprehensive park, recreation, and open space plans
Pool feasibility studies
Land conservation and stewardship plans
Indoor recreation facility feasibility studies
More information on Community Recreation and Conservation Planning
Park Rehabilitation and Development Funding
Funding also is available to assist communities with the rehabilitation and development of sustainable public parks, recreation and conservation areas, and facilities.
These projects can support both indoor and outdoor community recreation pursuits, such as:
Small Community Development Funding
Commonwealth municipalities with a population of 5,000 or less are eligible to receive grant funds with a reduced match requirement under the Small Community Program.
Grant funds must be used for rehabilitation and/or new development of basic outdoor recreation and park facilities that provide a high level of recreational value, such as playgrounds and pavilions with ADA accessibility.
Eligible municipalities may request a minimum of $50,000 and a maximum of $70,000 in grant funds:
- $10,000 is earmarked for Professional Services only and requires no match
- $20,000 is earmarked for Materials and/or Equipment only and requires no match
- Grant funds over $30,000 may be used for Materials, Equipment, and/or Labor and require a $1 for $1 match
Park Rehabilitation and Development Grant Project Webinar Series
DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation offers informational videos for grantees to use throughout the project management process and for future grant applicants to learn more about what is involved with a Park Rehabilitation and Development grant project.
The webinars cover a variety of topics including:
Funding Sources for Community Parks and Recreation Grants
Community Recreation and Conservation Program grants are funded by:
- Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund
- Environmental Stewardship Fund
- Growing Greener Bond Fund
- Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund