Grant Opportunities

You’re Invited to Apply for an Exciting Grant Opportunity for Rural Communities!

We are pleased to announce that Kansas is 1 of 3 states chosen to receive grant funds from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Walmart Foundation to support children’s health through park and recreation out-of-school time programs in rural communities.Grantees will receive funding to support their efforts around increasing nutritious meals served to youth through the USDA federal nutrition programs, as well as implementing nutrition education and implementing healthy eating and physical activity standards at their sites to ensure continued impacts. NRPA anticipates funding 3-4 rural communities in Kansas with $35,000 in grant funding to support programmatic expenses like marketing, transportation, large equipment purchases, nutrition education materials, staff training and more!

This grant can help propel your park and recreation agency into the Healthy Out-of-School Time movement! Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Click here to view a list of sites that meet NRPA's rural criteria. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, March 16, 2018.

Click Here to Apply Today!

Eligibility  Requirements

 Applicants must:

  • Be a local government agency (e.g., municipal park and recreation department, tribal recreation department, park district, community services department, etc.)
  • Provide meals/snacks through the Summer Food Service Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program or the National School Lunch Program in 2018 (you can work with the school district or another food provider/sponsor to serve meals at your park sites)

If you have questions about this grant opportunity please email

Other Grant Opportunity

10-Minute Walk Planning Grants Available

Applications due by March 9, 2018

Safe Routes to Parks Grant Funds Available 
Applications due by February 23, 2018

Could your department use an additional $500 to assist in promoting your programs or events? Sunflower State Games is offering you the opportunity to apply for the 2018 Parks and Recreation Marketing Grant.

By taking part in this new program offered by the Sunflower State Games, your department will not only earn the opportunity to compete for a $500 Grant, but you will be assisting our organization by promoting our Olympic style sports festival. Creating awareness and reaching our target audience across the state is one of our greatest challenges. Educating your patrons about the Kansas' largest amateur sports festival will greatly aid our cause!


Easy! Just fill our the application form and submit it to our office by April 1st. All applicants must be members of the Kansas Recreation and Park Association. Only one application may be submitted per department/community. 


Items 1 - 3 listed below are required to be considered eligible. A minimum of four additional items (4 - 9 listed below) must be completed to be considered eligible. Documentation and proof of inclusion for your selected items must be submitted to the SSG office by July 1, 2018.

1.  Distribute 2018 SSG Event Brochures to patrons and general public. Event Brochures will be mailed to your department in March. 
2.  Display 2018 SSG Event Posters at Community Centers and Sports Venues. Event Posters will be mailed to your department in March. 

Link to SSG web site from organizational web site using the SSG

Logo, Ad or Article provided below. 

4.  Ad placement or article in printed Seasonal Program (Ad or article provided below).
5.  Ad placement or article in monthly Newsletter (Ad or article provided below).
6.  Event Calendar Listing on web site or printed materials. 
7.  Social Media Mentions tagging SSG on at least two platforms (Facebook & Twitter).
8.  Inclusion in Team or League schedules.
9.  OTHER: Please include on a separate sheet to be submitted with your application additional resources that you plan to utilize in promoting the 2018 Sunflower State Games. 



Recipient of the $500 grant will be selected by the SSG Staff and Board of Directors based on the above criteria. Additional consideration will be given to organizations that exceed the minimum requirements listed above. Grant recipient will be notified in August. A formal presentation will be made at the 2018 SSG VIP Reception on September 25th in Topeka. Expense report to be submitted to SSG upon use of Grant Funds.

All participating organizations will receive one complimentary entry into the 2018 Sunflower State Games. Entry may be used by staff member or participant of your programs. Entry certificates will be mailed in April. 

Questions? Call the SSG office at 785-235-2295 or email

Click here to download and print the 2018 Marketing Grant Application

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