Community Grants


Community Grants

As the anchor of our ACL Music Festival Grants Program, Community Grants are intended for large, community-initiated park improvement projects that fall between $5,000 to $50,000. Check out our Impact Grant for larger projects, or our Neighborhood Grants for smaller projects. These grants are offered twice a year with a grant period of 12 months, and are awarded through a competitive process.

Potential applicants should attend a grants info session before applying. When you are ready to apply, please click the button below to access the application.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What types of projects are funded?
A: Community Grants fund projects on land owned and managed by the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department, and support physical improvements to parks, such as playground equipment, shade structures, trails, habitat restoration, picnic tables, ADA-accessibility and more.
Q: What types of projects are preferable?

A: Preference will be given to projects that

  • Encourage community participation at the park
  • Give the community a sense of ownership of & commitment to the park
  • Fill a need not otherwise being met in the neighborhood
  • Reach a diverse user group and encourage positive use of the park
  • Have broad community support
  • Help improve parks that haven't recently received funding from APF, especially in historically underserved areas of town
  • Include a strong matching component, including volunteer labor, in-kind contributions, and a substantial cash match from new/recent fundraising
Q: Who should apply?
A: Adopt-A-Park groups, neighborhood associations and other park stakeholder groups are welcome to apply.
Q: When should we apply?

A: All potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a grants information class prior to applying (check our calendar page for upcoming sessions), or schedule a time to discuss your proposed project and the APF grants program with APF staff by writing to

Applications are accepted April 30 and September 30 each year. APF staff is available to pre-screen applications one month in advance of the deadlines. All proposed projects on city-owned parkland must have an approved Community-Activated Park Project form on file with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. 

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