Grant Guide

Minnesota Recreation & Park Foundation (MRPF)

New Initiative Grants


This program intends to spur innovation in park and recreation services at a local, regional, or statewide level—especially innovation that could ultimately have a statewide impact.

Application & Review Process

Deadline: November 3, 2023

Applicants should submit a narrative with the sections determined by MRPF. Applications are evaluated on their innovative approach, community need and support, feasibility of the program being replicated by other agencies, how the program will be assessed, and the project’s overall budget.

Funding Amount

Up to $4,000

Grants must be matched by resources, supplies, or funds. Grant expenses must be incurred and will be reimbursed. Grants are funded by charitable contributions to MRPF.



New programs or services that demonstrate innovation in parks and recreation services and could be replicated by other agencies. Ineligible projects include capital improvements, existing programs, and personnel.

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Government agencies or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible. Applicant or sponsoring agency must be a member of MRPF ($25/year).

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Land Type & Geography

Projects that take place at parks or trails in Minnesota are eligible.

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Statistics & Examples

Funding History

Year# Projects

2020 Project Distribution

Past Award Examples

City of Brooklyn ParkBuild your own skateboard, walk in my shoes programs
City of Brooklyn CenterMindfulness for teens
City of Thief River FallsStrider learn-to-ride and safety camp
City of WoodburyFour Bs—Bonfire, Build, Bait, and Bows
Lake Crystal Recreation CenterAqua crossfit, yoga, and pool aerobics program

The information about this grant was last updated on 6/10/2021. Be sure to contact the granting organization directly to verify details.