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The NRPA Wants You to Walk in the Park

Sunshine! Fresh air! Green grass! Lucky are those who have a nearby green space to exercise, socialize, commune with nature, or just relax! Yet, one in three Americans do not live within a half-mile of a public park. The 10-Minute Walk Campaign—the brainchild of A Trust for Public Land (TPL), the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI)—

$1.1 Million Grant for Swimming Pool Safety

Why are we featuring a swimming pool safety grant in January? Aside from the fact that the middle of  winter is the perfect time to harbor warm summer thoughts, it is never too early to think about prevention. Even though the number of fatal child swimming pool drownings has gone down since the U.S. Consumer Product Safety

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This grant is for the birds! We mean that literally. But, it is also so much more than that. Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, it supports projects that combine learning about urban birds with art, gardening, and citizen science. Since all projects should have a  data collection component, it is a way to make learning fun for the entire family. Ultimately, it is about fostering a

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Germinating Greenways: A Million Mile Program

Who loves multi-use trails besides bikers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts? Home town businesses, chamber of commerce members, and just about anyone else who appreciates economic development in their community. A recent study by Connecticut's Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments and the University of Connecticut's Department of Agriculture estimates that a proposed local trail may have a return on investment of over 4.2 to 1. Like any other amenity, however, trails must be well designed from their inception to achieve maximum community benefits. That is why MillionMile Greenway not only offers funding to help establish trails, but advice and technical expertise to ensure projects will be successful from the start.

Parks and Recreation Grants:  OH!  How Happy!!!

OH! stands for Outdoor Happiness. That is exactly what McKee Foods (parent company of Little Debbie) wants to see more of with its parks and recreation grants. The best kind of outdoor happiness is a little different for each community. Whether your project involves rolling or strolling, hiking or biking, jogging or clogging, it will be considered by the Outdoor Happiness program just as long as it tempts residents to enjoy the fresh air and move in a joyful way. Their goal is to support 50 projects in all 50 states over a five-year period to the tune of $1 million plus. That is quite a bit of happiness!

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