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Reopening Parks Grant


We are inviting ORPA members to apply for a grant in the amount of $1,000-$2,500 in order to help you reopen your park and recreation facilities.  The funds for this grant were generously provided by The North Face and given to ORPA to distribute amongst members in need.


At the Oregon Recreation & Park Association (ORPA) we recognize the critical importance outdoor spaces and recreational facilities play in improving physical health, cultural understanding, and mental wellbeing for the public.  The COVID-19 pandemic forced closures, resulting in barriers to access to parks and recreation - a resource much needed during the turmoil of this time.

The North Face has provided ORPA with a $10,000 grant to disperse to agencies in Oregon in an effort to reopen access to park and recreation spaces.  Specifically, this grant seeks to:

  • Assist with reopening recreational spaces to the public in a safe manner
  • Provide the public with an opportunity to recreate
  • Ensure that park and recreation agencies have an opportunity to thrive


About The North Face

This grant is part of The North Face’s United to Move the World Forward Campaign, a $1 million commitment through its Explore Fund to support global outdoor communities that make exploration possible and accessible, as they rebuild and start bringing people back outside.

Through this initiative, The North Face is working closely with state governments and outdoor officials across the country to find and fund the most pressing needs for outdoor communities dealing with the impacts of COVID-19.

Additionally, The North Face has partnered with the American Mountain Guides Association to make resources, training and assistance broadly available to the many guides, educators and nonprofits that support the ways that we explore – ensuring they are equipped to facilitate responsible experiences as we take our first steps back outside.



This grant is available for an amount between $1,000 and $2,500.  Please specify the amount you are requesting (up to $2,500) in increments of $500.



June 11

Grant Informational Webinar + Q&A

June 30

Grant Application Deadline @ 6:00 PM (PT)

July 8

Finalists may receive questions from grant committee regarding applications, if any.

July 15

Applicants notified of grant decisions; recipients must sign grant agreement

Sept 30

Status report due if final report not yet submitted

Jan 15, 2021

Final Report Due (may be submitted any time prior to this date)



  1. Read the Grant Overview for all information related to how to apply and eligibility requirements.
  2. Attend the Grant Information Webinar on June 11 @ 11 AM (Optional)
    1. You can find the recording of the webinar and the slides here.
  3. Download the Grant Application and complete.
  4. Create a Project Budget equal to the total amount requesting in a separate Word Document.
  5. Upload both the Grant Application and your Project Budget into the online application system.
  6. Agree to the understandings and terms outlined in the online application system.
  7. Submit your application by June 30 at 6:00 PM.


Tips for Preparing a Successful Grant Application



For any questions or support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to ORPA staff:


Michael Klein,

Amanda Parsons,


Oregon Recreation & Park Association | PO Box #202, Lake Oswego OR 97034 | 503.534.5673
ORPA is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization