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The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) strives to enhance the quality of life and wellness of District of Columbia residents and visitors by providing equal access to affordable and quality recreational services by organizing programs, activities, and events, and by building and maintaining safe and beautiful open spaces and recreational amenities. In service of that commitment, DPR’s grantmaking authority specifically provides for funding opportunities to carry out this purpose by awarding and supporting the equitable distribution of grants to diverse organizations that provide high-quality programming.

Rec for All Community Grants

Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking organizations through the competitive grantmaking process to provide inclusive and accessible recreational opportunities to all members of our community. Through our programs and facilities, we strive to promote physical, social, and emotional wellness, foster a sense of community, and enhance the quality of life for all individuals, regardless of ability, age, race, gender, or socioeconomic status. We are committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment that celebrates diversity and encourages lifelong learning, growth, and personal fulfillment.

Eastern Market Metro Park Request for Application

The Eastern Market Metro Park (EMMP) is a public space surrounding the Eastern Market Metrorail and abutting the historic Eastern Market and 8th St. Barracks Row corridors. The 2019 project improved park connectivity, enhanced transit access, increased green infrastructure and play space, and transformed the Metro Park area, including DPR Parkland, into a thriving plaza that can support a multitude of diverse social activities at the center of the Capitol Hill community. 
DPR is pursuing a Grantee who can activate the DPR park space for DC residents and visitors with diverse pop-up recreation and leisure activities for all age groups in support of DPR’s Mission to promote health and wellness, conserve the natural environment, and provide universal access to parks and recreation services. Click the link below to review the Request for Application document.

DPR – Program Evaluation and Strategic Planning Grant

Department Parks and Recreation is seeking to secure a qualified organization through the competitive grantmaking process to develop a Strategic Plan and Evaluation Report of DPR’s community programs for the fiscal year 2024. The Strategic Plan shall assess current programs, align with nationwide standards, and create a logic model for how programs should operate. The Grantee shall work with each program to obtain the necessary components to complete the Strategic Plan and align with the Evaluation Report. The Grantee should provide a comprehensive evaluation of each program to provide guidance to build upon the Strategic Plan for the fiscal year 2025. The Evaluation Report must be professional, easy to read, copy edited, and feature design elements that have visual appeal and flow throughout the report.