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Matching Grants

Grant Programs

From the smallest clean-up project to a full-scale park overhaul – or even building a park from scratch – Park Pride’s matching grant programs offer multiple options for communities in City of Atlanta and DeKalb County to go about go creating and funding their ideal greenspace.

Grants range from $100 – $100,000 and enable communities to gain experience and build capacity as they take on increasingly larger capital improvements, such as land acquisitions, train construction and/or improvement, new signage, playground or exercise equipment, and much more.

What to Expect

Friends of the Park groups that receive a Park Pride grant can expect that they’ll learn many new skills as they work towards completing their park improvement project. Applicants should be aware that they may request up to 50% of their total project budget for Small Change, Community Building and Legacy Grants, and only be awarded for a portion of the grant amount requested. Additionally, grant recipients are required to:

  • Complete progress and final reports
  • Use grant funds for tangible, capital expenses to park improvements
  • Fundraise from the community or secure additional grants to fulfill Park Pride grants’ matching requirements

Most importantly, at the end of the grant process, you can expect to have a new or improved park amenity that will rejuvenate the greenspace and motivate community members to continue to care for and utilize the park!

Get Started

Small Change Grants
Matching Grant Awards: up to $2,500
Supported by the Cecil B. Day Foundation

 

Park Pride’s Small Change Grant Program provides support to communities just beginning their park improvement efforts, enabling them to leverage support from neighbors and local businesses.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a registered Park Pride Friends of the Park group
  • Project is a capital improvement in a park or on public land with public access in the City of Atlanta or DeKalb County
  • Applicant has completed all previous Park Pride grant projects
  • Friends group has 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or is a fiscal partner with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
  • Must be a capital project
  • Project must be approved by either the City of Atlanta or DeKalb County, depending on the location of your greenspace. Refer to the schedule tab for dates and contact information for these review panels.

Grantee Resources

Congratulations on receiving a Small Change Grant! The following resources will help guide you through the process.

Title Description
Announcing Your Grant Information on how to announce and share the news of your Park Pride grant.
Matching Grants Progress Report Progress report for matching grants.
Small Change Grant Final Report Final report for Small Change Grant.
Small Change Grant Financial Report Financial report for Small Change Grant.
Small Change Grant Matching Funds Report Form to record in-kind and matching funds.
Instructions for Request for Funds Information on how to fill out the request for funds forms
Grant Request for Funds (e-template) Request for funds for Community Building and Legacy grants. (MS Word)
Grant Request for Funds (pdf) Blank Request for funds for Community Building and Legacy grants. (PDF for printing and writing)


Community Building Grants
Matching Grant Awards: $2,500 – $50,000
Supported by The Home Depot Foundation

 

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a registered Park Pride Friends of the Park group
  • Project is a capital improvement in a park or on public land with public access in the City of Atlanta or DeKalb County
  • Applicant has completed all previous Park Pride grant projects
  • Friends group has 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or is a fiscal partner with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
  • Project must be approved by either the City of Atlanta or DeKalb County, depending on the location of your greenspace. Refer to the schedule tab for dates and contact information for these review panels.
  • First time grant applicants are eligible to apply for grants up to $10,000

Schedule

All applicants are required to attend the Grant Technical Assistance Workshop prior to the application deadline. See schedule for dates and how to register.

 

Apply Now

Applicants and interested community members are encouraged to contact grants@parkpride.org to discuss proposed park improvement projects.

Updated application will be available soon.

Grantee Resources

Congratulations on receiving a Community Building Grant! The following resources will help guide you through the process.

Title Description
Announcing Your Grant Information on how to announce and share the news of your Park Pride grant.
Matching Grants Progress Report Progress report for Community Building and Legacy grants.
Matching Grants Final Report Final report for Community Building and Legacy grants.
Instructions for Request for Funds Information on how to fill out the request for funds forms
Grant Request for Funds (e-template) Request for funds for Community Building and Legacy grants. (MS Word)
Grant Request for Funds (pdf) Blank Request for funds for Community Building and Legacy grants. (PDF for printing and writing)
Grant Financial Report Final budget report for Community Building and Legacy grants.


Legacy Grants (City of Atlanta only)
Matching Grant Awards: $50,000 – $100,000
Supported by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation

 

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a registered Park Pride Friends of the Park group
  • Project is a capital improvement in a park or on public land with public access in City of Atlanta
  • Applicant has completed all previous Park Pride grant projects
  • Friends group has 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or is a fiscal partner with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Schedule

All applicants are required to attend the Grant Technical Assistance Workshop prior to the application deadline.

Apply Now

All applicants are required to attend the Grant Technical Assistance Workshop prior to the application deadline. See schedule for dates and how to register.

Applicants and interested community members are encouraged to contact grants@parkpride.org to discuss proposed park improvement projects.

Updated application will be available soon.

Grantee Resources

Congratulations on receiving a Legacy Grant! The following resources will help guide you through the process.

Title Description
Announcing Your Grant Information on how to announce and share the news of your Park Pride grant.
Matching Grants Progress Report Progress report for Community Building and Legacy grants.
Matching Grants Final Report Final report for Community Building and Legacy grants.
Instructions for Request for Funds Information on how to fill out the request for funds forms
Grant Request for Funds (e-template) Request for funds for Community Building and Legacy grants. (MS Word)
Grant Request for Funds (pdf) Blank Request for funds for Community Building and Legacy grants. (PDF for printing and writing)
Grant Financial Report Final budget report for Community Building and Legacy grants.


Tree Grants (City of Atlanta only)
Grant Awards: up to $5,000
Supported by the City of Atlanta Tree Recompense Fund

 

Guidelines

  • Trees purchased with grant funds must be planted in a City of Atlanta public park.
  • Grants are for a maximum of $5,000 per park per year.
  • Grant funds may only be used for the purchase of trees.
  • The applicant group is required to match the grant award dollar for dollar. Documented in-kind donations and volunteer labor in the park during the 12 months prior to the application may go toward the match.
  • The City of Atlanta Recommended Tree List serves as the guide for tree selection. Trees not on the list may be considered on a case-by-case basis if an explanation of selection is submitted with the grant application.

To qualify for a grant, the tree planting plan must be:

  • Approved by the community associations whose jurisdictions include or abut the park, AND
  • Approved by the City of Atlanta’s Office of Parks (Park Pride will facilitate this process after you have submitted your application)

More information:

Apply Now

Applicants and interested community members are encouraged to contact grants@parkpride.org to discuss proposed park improvement projects.

Grantee Resources

Congratulations on receiving a Tree Grant! The following resources will help guide you through the process.

Title Description
Announcing Your Grant Information on how to announce and share the news of your Park Pride grant.
City of Atlanta Approved Tree Planting List City of Atlanta's approved tree planting list.