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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Public Entities to
Ensure Equal Access to Parks and Green Spaces

People, Parks, and Power: A National Initiative for Green Space, Health Equity, and Racial Justice

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

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Deadline Date:

02/08/22 3:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations and public entities to ensure equal access to public outdoor spaces and parks in urban areas. Interested applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding priority is given to small and mid-sized urban communities most impacted by park and green space inequities. The purpose of this program is to support upstream policy and systems change. The Foundation is interested in funding a spectrum of eligible organizations across the United States that either are in later or early stages of policy advocacy and systems change efforts to advance park equity.

The purpose of the People, Parks, and Power initiative is to increase participation of urban communities most impacted by park and green space inequities in policy advocacy and system change efforts to advance park equity. P3’s theory of change centers power building and community-driven policy initiatives led by communities of color as fulcrums for reversing longstanding park inequities. Community-based organizations that are led by people of color and build community power to influence public policy at the local level are strongly encouraged to apply. This includes groups that are already working on local, equity-focused park policy, as well as groups that may be new to this issue but have a history of advancing equity-focused policy on related issues (e.g., built environment, civil rights, climate change, community development, environmental justice, racial justice, water equity). The geographic focus of P3 is urban areas—with a particular interest in small and midsized cities (under 500,000 population). The Foundation is interested in funding a spectrum of eligible organizations across the United States, including those that are early in their park equity policy advocacy work, as well as more experienced groups that already have campaigns underway.

Grant funds may be used for staff salaries, consultant fees, data collection and analysis, meetings, supplies, initiative-related travel, other direct expenses, including a limited amount of equipment essential to the proposed effort, and indirect costs to support the applicant organization’s general operations.

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GrantWatch ID#: 198807

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Number of Grants:

Awards will be made to up to 14 sites (RWJF reserves the right to make more awards should additional funding be made available).

Estimated Size of Grant:

RWJF expects to award grants up to $500,000 each (up to $250,000 per year).

Term of Contract:

Grants will be 24 months in duration, beginning in May 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicant organizations must be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or nonfunctionally integrated Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation.
- Awards will be made to organizations, not to individuals.
- Organizations that are fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) entity that meet all other eligibility criteria are eligible.
- Coalitions are eligible if the lead applicant organization meets all other eligibility criteria. In the case of a coalition, one organization must be the lead applicant and will be responsible for administrative oversight of the grant. Universities or academic institutions are not eligible to be the lead applicant, but they may serve as a coalition partner to the lead applicant.
- Applicant organizations must demonstrate the capacity to manage awards of this size, either directly or with the benefit of technical assistance.
- Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.

The “north star” of the P3 initiative is upstream policy and systems change, not planning, building, or operating individual, on-the-ground projects.

In keeping with RWJF policy, funds may not be used to support clinical trials of unapproved drugs or devices, to construct or renovate facilities, for lobbying-related activities and expenses, for political activities, or as a substitute for funds currently being used to support similar activities.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: November 04, 2021, 3:00 p.m. ET

Key Dates
- September 15, 2021: Call for proposals released
- September 29, 2021 (1–2:30 p.m. ET): Optional applicant webinar (Webinar recording is available at
- November 4, 2021 (3 p.m. ET): Letter of intent (LOI) deadline
- January 4, 2022 Invitations extended to selected organizations to submit a full proposal
- February 8, 2022 (3 p.m. ET): Full proposal deadline
- March 16, 2022: Notification of grant awards
- May 15, 2022: Grants begin


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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People, Parks, and Power
Prevention Institute
4515 Leimert Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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