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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:

  • Municipalities
  • Municipal agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations

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

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:

  • Community swimming pool construction or redevelopment
  • Playground installation
  • Sports field installation

Small Community Development Funding

Municipal applicants from communities with populations of less than 5,000 are eligible to receive funding under the Small Community Development Program.

Applicants can receive a $20,000 grant with no match requirement and an additional $20,000 grant with a $20,000 local match, provided the total project cost does not exceed $60,000.

Projects that focus on playground rehabilitation designed to make facilities compliant with current safety and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards are priorities.

Applicants have an opportunity to indicate that the project is a Small Community Development by using the Park Rehabilitation and Development grant application.

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