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Equitable Parks and Green Spaces in Small and Midsize Cities: Planning Grant

Grant to a USA Nonprofit, NGO, or Public Entity to
Increase Equal Access to Outdoor Recreational Spaces

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Conf. Date:

08/10/20

Deadline Date:

09/09/20 3:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grant to a USA or territories nonprofit organization, non-governmental organization, or public entity to foster greater access to recreational grounds and nature areas in low-income communities and communities of color. The purpose of this program is to support the planning of an initiative, which, by influencing policy and systems change, rectifies the inequitable distribution of parks and green spaces in low-income communities and communities of color in urban regions, including small and midsize cities (pop. 50,000–500,000).

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191572

Number of Grants:

RWJF expects to award one planning grant.

Estimated Size of Grant:

RWJF expects to award a planning grant of up to $400,000.

Term of Contract:

Planning project will be six months in duration. Planning grant will begin in December 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
- Applicants may include nonprofit organizations and nongovernmental organizations.
- Preference will be given to applicants that are 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 Type III supporting organizations.
- Awards will be made to organizations, not to individuals.
- Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
- The successful applicant could be one organization or a partnership between up to three organizations.

The vast majority of funding is to nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Historically, a small percentage less than one percent of funding has been to for-profit organizations, and always in instances where the institution's project is an excellent fit with the Foundation's strategies and were best suited to do the work.

Applicants are sought that have experience, expertise, and missions related to elevating equity in decisions, plans, and programs that affect the community conditions in which low-income people and people of color live. This includes organizations with experience in community power-building, community-led planning and programming, and community-driven decision-making.

It is also expected that the applicant team (not necessarily the lead applicant) will possess content knowledge about parks and green spaces and related topics, such as climate resilience. Applicants should have the capacity to implement the planned effort, which will be funded separately.

In keeping with RWJF policy, grant funds may not be used to support clinical trials of unapproved drugs or devices, to construct or renovate facilities, for lobbying, for political activities, or as a substitute for funds currently being used to support similar activities. Additional budget guidelines are provided in the online application materials.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Optional applicant webinar: August 10, 2020 (2 p.m. ET)

Registration is required. Register at: https://webinar.ringcentral.com/webinar/register/WN_cfcvnf94QZOH29FWSf84hg

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates
- July 29, 2020 - Release Date
- August 10, 2020 (2 p.m. ET) - Optional applicant webinar. Registration is required.
- September 9, 2020 (3 p.m. ET) - Deadline for receipt of proposals
- December 1, 2020 - Grant start

This initial award will be for a planning grant with the expectation that the selected organization(s) will apply for a significantly larger grant to implement the planned effort or program.

All applicants should log in to the system and familiarize themselves with online submission requirements well before the final submission deadline. Staff may not be able to assist all applicants in the final 24 hours before the submission deadline.

FAQ: https://www.rwjf.org/en/how-we-work/grants-explorer/funding-opportunities/funding-faqs.html

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: http://my.rwjf.org/applyFromWebsite.do?cfp=3118

For questions:
Pamela Russo, senior program officer
Email: Pauginfo@rwjf.org

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Geographic Focus:

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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