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.

Park Pride Grant Programs

Park Pride’s matching grants, which range from $100 – $100,000+, 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 capital improvements like 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 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.

Communities in the City of Atlanta, City of Tucker, City of Brookhaven, and unincorporated DeKalb County are eligible for Small Change Grants up to $5,000.

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
  • 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

To best respond to the needs of communities, Small Change Grant applications are accepted 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
Grant Request for Funds Form Form to Request Grant Funds
Grant Programs Workshop 2021 Slides from 2021 Grant Programs Workshop
Volunteer Waiver for FoP Groups – Brookhaven Volunteer Waiver for FoP Groups - Brookhaven
Volunteer Waiver for FoP Groups – Tucker Volunteer Waiver for FoP Groups - Tucker
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 Final Report Final report for Park Pride 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.


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 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
  • 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 $25,000

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.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Grantee Resources

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

Title Description
Grant Request for Funds Form Form to Request Grant Funds
Grant Programs Workshop 2021 Slides from 2021 Grant Programs Workshop
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 Financial Report Budget report for Community Building and Legacy grants.
Grant Final Report Final report for Park Pride 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: $25,000 – $100,000
Supported by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation

In an effort to ensure that Legacy Grants are accessible to all communities served by Park Pride in the City of Atlanta, the matching requirement will be waived on 1/3 of our grant dollars through awards to Friends of the Park groups in low-income neighborhoods. Qualifying neighborhoods will be defined by the Community Development Impact Areas where at least 51 percent of the population are at or below 80% of the Atlanta area median income.

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

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.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Grantee Resources

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

Title Description
Grant Request for Funds Form Form to Request Grant Funds
Grant Programs Workshop 2021 Slides from 2021 Grant Programs Workshop
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 Financial Report Budget report for Community Building and Legacy grants.
Grant Final Report Final report for Park Pride grants.
Volunteer Waiver for FoP Groups — City of Atlanta Volunteer waiver form for City of Atlanta FoP groups.