Special Oregon Opportunity: 2019 Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities Grants

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Details below on the special opportunity for Oregon applicants. 

With generous funding from The JPB Foundation, the Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program is currently accepting applications for awards for eleven grantee communities in 2019, following our first year of awards in 2018. The Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program provides tailored technical assistance for eleven communities to develop Safe Routes to Parks action plans and awards $12,500 to each community to begin implementation of those plans.

Applications are due by 11:59 PM PT on December 10th, 2018.

The Safe Routes to Parks action plans will be based upon the Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework (PDF), developed in 2017 through the collaborative efforts of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the National Recreation and Parks Association. The framework provides a structured process by which communities can increase safe and equitable access to their parks and green spaces. The framework includes four main areas of activity: 1) Assessment, 2) Planning, 3) Implementation, and 4) Sustainability, with each area heavily infused with proactive community engagement. Awarded communities’ action plans will address each stage of the Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework and provide clear steps to improve local park access for people walking, biking, and rolling.

Grantee communities will work closely with staff at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership from February through September 2019 to develop action plans aimed at improving safe, equitable access to local parks in their communities. Grantee communities will receive training, individualized consultation and technical assistance, connection with peer communities to learn from one another, an in-person workshop in their community, as well as grants of $12,500 each to begin the implementation of the Safe Routes to Parks action plan. At the end of the grant period, awarded communities will have a customized action plan to improve safe, equitable local park access that includes ideas for how to fund and sustain their efforts and will have implemented at least one action from the plan.

What is the Special Opportunity for Oregon communities? 

Special opportunity for organizations, agencies, and communities in Oregon: With funding from the Oregon Health Authority’s DP 18-1803 Arthritis Grant, one rural, suburban, or urban community in Oregon will be funded, in addition to the ten Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities grantees. Nonprofit organizations and local governments are eligible for this OHA-funded award, and the proposal should prioritize working to improve safe access to local parks for older adults and/or people with disabilities. Oregon nonprofits are also eligible for the ten awards funded by The JPB Foundation.

Read the full announcement and eligibility requirements.