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 within our jurisdiction to go about creating and funding their ideal greenspace.

All materials for the 2020 cycle for Community Building and Legacy grants are being updated. Workshop attendees (required to apply for Community Building and Legacy grants) will be informed when the information has been updated.

Park Pride matching grants range from $100 – $100,000 and enable communities in the City of Atlanta, City of Brookhaven, City of Tucker, and unincorporated DeKalb County to fund positive changes in their neighborhood parks. These dollars help groups fund land acquisitions, new trails, signage, playground and exercise equipment, plantings, and much more!

Program Benefits:

  • Provide Friends of the Park groups with matching grants to fulfill park dreams.
  • Program structure develops the capacity of members of Friends of the Park groups to take on increasingly larger park improvement projects as they develop grant writing, fundraising, and project management skills.
  • Receiving a Park Pride grant instills confidence in the park project from other donors, encouraging more gifts and supporting the Friends of the Park fundraising efforts through to project completion.

 

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 $5,000
Supported by The Home Depot 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, City of Brookhaven, City of Tucker, or unincorporated 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, City of Brookhaven, City of Tucker, or DeKalb County, depending on the location of your greenspace.
    • City of Atlanta: Aaron Wiener, Senior Landscape Architect, alwiener@atlantaga.gov
    • City of Brookhaven: Brian Borden, Parks and Recreation Director, brian.borden@brookhavenga.gov
    • City of Tucker: Jason Collins, Operations Manager, jcollins@tuckerga.gov
    • DeKalb County: Paige Singer, Division Manager, pksinger@dekalbcountyga.gov

Schedule

There are no upcoming events at this time.

To best respond to the needs of communities, in 2020 Park Pride will accept Small Change Grant applications on a rolling basis. You may submit your completed grant application at any time throughout the year. If you have questions, please contact grants@parkpride.org.

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 Small Change Grant! The following resources will help guide you through the process.

Title Description
Volunteer Waiver for FoP Groups – Tucker Volunteer Waiver for FoP Groups - Tucker
Volunteer Waiver for FoP Groups – Brookhaven Volunteer Waiver for FoP Groups - Brookhaven
Final Report – Small Change Grants Small Change Grants final report
Grantee Guidelines Guidelines for Matching Grants
Announcing Your Grant Information on how to announce and share the news of your Park Pride grant.
Small Change Grant Matching Funds Report Form to record in-kind and matching funds.
Grant Request for Funds (e-template) Request for funds. (MS Excel)
Grant Request for Funds (pdf) Blank Request for funds. (PDF for printing and writing)
Volunteer Waiver for FoP Groups — City of Atlanta Volunteer waiver form for City of Atlanta FoP groups.
Volunteer Waiver for FoP Groups — DeKalb Volunteer waiver form for DeKalb FoP groups.


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

 

All materials for the 2020 cycle for Community Building and Legacy grants are being updated. Workshop attendees (required to apply for Community Building and Legacy grants) will be informed when the information has been updated.

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 unincorporated DeKalb County
  • Applicant has completed all previous Park Pride grant projects
  • Applicant has attended the Applying for Park Pride’s Community Building + Legacy Grants workshop or webinar
  • Applicant has submitted a Letter of Intent to grants@parkpride.org by the deadline
  • 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.
    • City of Atlanta: Aaron Wiener, Senior Landscape Architect, alwiener@atlantaga.gov
    • DeKalb County: Paige Singer, Division Manager, pksinger@dekalbcountyga.gov
  • First time grant applicants are eligible to apply for grants up to $10,000

Schedule

All applicants are required to attend the Applying for Park Pride Grants Workshop and submit a Letter of Intent. 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.

Grantee Resources

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

Title Description
Grantee Guidelines Guidelines for Matching Grants
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.
Grant Final Report Final report for Community Building and Legacy grants.
Grant Request for Funds (e-template) Request for funds. (MS Excel)
Grant Request for Funds (pdf) Blank Request for funds. (PDF for printing and writing)
Grant Financial Report Final budget report for Community Building and Legacy grants.
Volunteer Waiver for FoP Groups — City of Atlanta Volunteer waiver form for City of Atlanta FoP groups.
Volunteer Waiver for FoP Groups — DeKalb Volunteer waiver form for DeKalb FoP groups.


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

All materials for the 2020 cycle for Community Building and Legacy grants are being updated. Workshop attendees (required to apply for Community Building and Legacy grants) will be informed when the information has been updated.

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
  • Project must be approved by the City of Atlanta
    • City of Atlanta: Aaron Wiener, Senior Landscape Architect, alwiener@atlantaga.gov
  • Applicant has completed all previous Park Pride grant projects
  • Applicant has attended the Applying for Park Pride’s Community Building + Legacy Grants workshop or webinar
  • Applicant has submitted a Letter of Intent to grants@parkpride.org by the deadline
  • Friends group has 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or is a fiscal partner with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
  • First time grant applicants are not eligible to apply for Legacy Grants.

Schedule

All applicants are required to attend the Applying for Park Pride Grants Workshop and submit a Letter of Intent. See schedule for dates and how to register.

Grantee Resources

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

Title Description
Grantee Guidelines Guidelines for Matching Grants
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.
Grant Final Report Final report for Community Building and Legacy grants.
Grant Request for Funds (e-template) Request for funds. (MS Excel)
Grant Request for Funds (pdf) Blank Request for funds. (PDF for printing and writing)
Grant Financial Report Final budget report for Community Building and Legacy grants.
Volunteer Waiver for FoP Groups — City of Atlanta Volunteer waiver form for City of Atlanta FoP groups.


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.