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NRPA/Walmart Foundation 2017 Healthy Out-of-School Time Grant Application


The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds from the Walmart Foundation to support children’s health through park and recreation out-of-school time programs. Grants in 2017 will focus on four main goals:

1. Increase the number of healthy meals children receive through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) during out-of-school times;
2. Provide nutrition literacy to children and families that creates behavior change by teaching the importance of healthy eating;
3. Implement nutrition standards that increase access to healthier foods and support a healthy eating environment; and
4. Implement meal and program efficiencies that increase community sustainability.

Applicants must:

  • Be a local government agency (e.g., municipal park and recreation department, tribal recreation department, park district, community services department, etc.)
  • Serve meals/snacks through the SFSP and/or the CACFP in 2017 (if you are not sure if you participate in these programs please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document)
  • Have not received funding from NRPA for a previous healthy out-of-school time grant

Applicants not meeting the above requirements are not eligible for this grant

Availability of Funding
One-year grants are available and are expected to range from $25,000 to $35,000.  Matching funds are not required.

Use of Funds
Grant funds will be designated for expenditures that help local park and recreation agencies achieve the stated goals of the program: increase healthy meals served to children; provide evidence-based nutrition literacy to children; implement nutrition and physical activity standards; and promote meal and program efficiencies that will lead to more sustainable meal programs. 

Examples of eligible expenses include:
• Marketing and promotions within the local community
• Supplies (tables and chairs, for example)
• Food service equipment (heating or refrigeration units, for example)
• Program transportation costs
• Staffing to support program implementation
• Other basic needs to create or expand access to out-of-school nutrition programs

*Funding cannot be used to purchase food for meal programs.  However, grant funds can be used to purchase items needed for nutrition literacy curriculum implementation (some activities may require small amounts of food and ingredients). 

Additionally, NRPA will provide an evidence-based, nutrition literacy curriculum for all agencies to use and implement.  

Webinar to Learn More
NPRA will be hosting a webinar to go over the goals of the grant and frequently asked questions during the RFA period.  You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions.  To register for the webinar on Tuesday, February 14th at 2pm EST click here.

Application Due Date
Applications are due by 11:59PM ET on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. It is anticipated that NRPA will notify applicants by April 3, 2017.
Please ensure responses are recorded accurately. You can save your progress and continue at a later time by clicking the "Save and continue later" link at the top of the page. Note: Only completed pages are saved - please enter a draft answer for each question on the page if you plan to save and return to your work later. The application is available in PDF format to assist in preparation of responses, but the application MUST be submitted through this online form. For a PDF copy
please click HERE.

A site is defined as a public park, recreation/community center, or park-led program at another community site implementing an out-of-school-time enrichment program.
Out-of-school time is defined as before/afterschool and summer.

Please refer to our
Frequently Asked Questions document for additional information.
Please contact with any questions that are not addressed in the FAQ document.