In light of the sweeping changes brought on by COVID-19 in the Austin community and beyond, APF will postpone the April 30th Community Grant and Design Services application deadlines until further notice. As the situation continues to develop, we will keep all of our park stakeholders updated and hope to offer these resources for community-led projects as soon as possible. Our priority is the safety of people in our community, and the overall sustainability of the grants program long-term.
For those who have approved Community Activated Park Project (CAPP) forms on file with PARD, you will be ready to apply when the grant application opens back up. For those who don’t have an approved form, PARD is continuing to intake CAPP forms, however, due to COVID-19 and the City of Austin’s Stay Home-Work Safe Order, CAPP processing may take longer than usual.
APF will continue to offer Neighborhood Grants, but for a limited number and type of projects. These projects must have an approved CAPP form (if on PARD land), and the work proposed must not violate the city’s Stay Home-Work Safe Order. These will be reviewed very carefully and we cannot guarantee Neighborhood Grants will be approved. If you’d like to discuss your Neighborhood Grant proposal first, we encourage you to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your time!
Neighborhood Grants are awarded for small-scale, community-initiated park improvement projects. Grants from $500 to $5,000 are awarded regularly throughout the year, on a rolling basis, with a grant period of six months. These awards are meant to enable Adopt-A-Park groups to make small but significant improvements to their parks throughout the year. Check out our Community and Impact Grants for larger projects.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 community matching component, including volunteer labor
A: All groups who have adopted their park through the Adopt-A-Park program are welcome to apply.
A: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed once a month. All grant applicants are encouraged to attend a Grant Info session before applying. Please check our calendar page for upcoming dates, or schedule a time to discuss your proposed project and the APF grants program with APF staff by writing to email@example.com.
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.