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In-Kind Grants to USA Parks and Recreation Agencies and Nonprofits for Professional Training for Older Adult Recreational Programs

Supporting Healthy Aging Through Parks and Recreation (SHAPR)

GrantWatch ID# 206431
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/16/22

Grant Description
in-kind grants to USA parks and recreation agencies and nonprofit organizations for professional training for recreational programs for older adults. The purpose of the program is to enhance the accessibility of outdoor recreational spaces and the health of older residents. The goal of this project is to increase the equitable dissemination, delivery and sustainability of arthritis-appropriate, evidence-based interventions in park and recreation agencies.

This SHAPR grant provides two opportunities for applicants: 

  1. Instructor Trainings for one of five Arthritis-Appropriate Evidence-Based Interventions (AAEBIs)*. This opportunity is ideal for organizations that may be newer to offering regular chronic disease management and/or programming for older adults as part of their physical activity and health education offerings. This opportunity includes up to 2-instructor trainings (for one AAEBI) and all program start up materials (participant books, equipment, etc.). The duration of this award is 18-months (starting in January 2023 and ending in June 2024).  *Each AAEBI is described in detail in the sections that follow
  2. Instructor Trainings (same as above) AND membership in a health equity focused Community of Practice (CoP): This opportunity is ideal for organizations that have sustained regular chronic disease management and/or programming for older adults as part of their physical activity and health education offerings. The purpose of the CoP is for Park and Recreation professionals to engage in formal and self-paced learning opportunities regarding NRPA's Elevating Health Equity Through Parks and Recreation: A Framework for Action while implementing AAEBIs in their community. The duration of this award is 18-months (starting in January 2023 and ending in June 2024) 

All applicants will apply for instructor trainings, participant materials, and start up materials for one of the five evidence-based physical activity programs listed below. I

  • Active Living Every Day (ALED) - a behavior-change 12-week program that teaches sedentary people the skills necessary to overcome barriers to physical activity engagement.
  • EnhanceFitness (EF) - a behavior-change 16-week program for those at any level of fitness that motivates individuals to stay active and live independently.
  • Fit & Strong! (F&S!) - a multi-component physical activity and behavior-change 8 or 12-week program that teaches sedentary adults with joint pain and stiffness and/or lower extremity pain and mobility issues how to engage in safe and effective exercise.
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis - this program is for people with mild, moderate and severe joint and back pain. It is especially appropriate for adults who have a higher risk of falling.
  • Walk With Ease (WWE) - a multi-component, low-impact 6-week walking program that teaches people how to safely and comfortably incorporate physical activity into their everyday lifestyle.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
For both opportunities, the main applicant must be a local government agency that plans, builds and/or operates parks (e.g., municipal park and recreation department, tribal recreation department, public works department that manages parks etc.) or an affiliated 501c (3) non-profit organization. If the applicant is not a local government agency, the applicant is required to submit a letter of support for the project being proposed from the park and recreation agency director or equivalent.

Pre-Application Information
- Application Opens - October 18, 2022
- Informational Webinar - October 18, 2022
- Application Closes - December 16, 2022
- Communities Selected - On or before January 20, 2023
- Kick-Off Call - February 1, 2023
- Training - Ongoing between January 2023 - June 2024

Organizations awarded a SHAPR grant in March 2022 are not eligible to apply for this grant. However, you are eligible to apply for the next cohort in Fall of 2023.

To access the grant guidelines, register in the application portal below.

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Term of Contract
The grant period begins in January 2023 - June 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
22377 Belmont Ridge RD
Ashburn, VA 20148-4501
PH: 800.626.NRPA (6772)

Please contact Colleen Pittard,, if you have questions about your eligibility.

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