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Making the Most Out of Grant Opportunities

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, February 16, 2015

Good afternoon!

This past month the National Parks and Recreation Association made available a $1.8 million grant funding to local park and recreation agencies to help support out-of-school programs. The grant is an exciting opportunity because it supports the same principals of NCRPA’s Wellness Initiative when it comes to health and wellbeing in the communities we serve. NRPA will be awarding 50 new one-year grants, so the challenge is how to get your department involved as a top contender for one of these grants!

Listed are the four main goals of NRPA’s grant in-which your department can become involved with:

1.      Increase the number of healthy meals for children in low-income communities.

2.      Implement and increase standards of nutrition and physical activity.

3.      Create behavior change through nutrition literacy and teaching the importance of healthy eating.

4.      Implement strategies and policies to reduce food waste and costs.

The NCRPA Wellness Toolkit has information that discusses wellness activities and education that target a number of the NRPA grant goals. On our Healthy Concessions page, we discuss how your department can include healthy vending and concession items without losing revenue. Offering more nutritional items can impact the overall health of the families and children involved in your programs. We also have information on the Wellness Activities and Education webpage containing ideas on adding nutrition education and physical activity within after school and camp programs for children. Lastly, on reducing food waste and costs, refer to our Healthy Fundraising page to gather tips on how to create revenue through non-food, activity based, and healthy food fundraising ideas.

The NCRPA toolkit is a great resource to generate ideas and motivate your department to apply for the NRPA Out-of-School Time Programs Grant. You all have the ability to meet the goals of the NRPA grant and to make a difference in the community.

Remember, if you have any ideas on health and wellbeing please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (,


Tags:  Health  NCRPA  NRPA  Out-of-School Program Grant  Wellness 

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