Park Activation Grant Program

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Activate your park! Grant Awards up to $10,000. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is offering grant opportunities for Phoenix neighborhood groups and nonprofits that would like to create programming, host events, or plan activities at their Phoenix Parks.​


​​Registration Closed!

​Applications are currently in review. 

​Submit Your Application

Webinar Presentations​:

English Presentation (PDF)
Spanish Presentation (PDF) ​​


​Staff Contact

Tannia M. Ruiz, Neighborhood Grant Administrator​


American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grants
Funds Overview and Regulations

In March 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 was signed into law providing the City of Phoenix with nearly $396 million. The first allocation of $198 million was received in May 2021 of which $28,800,000 was dedicated to youth and education programs. In April 2023, the Phoenix City Council approved the use of an additional $500,000 to fund the department's first Park Activation Grant Program. The department seeks to activate parks through programming in a variety of ways to promote recreational opportunities, the enjoyment of City parks and facilities, and ensure parks provide a welcoming and safe place for everyone.  

​Deadline to apply is Friday, October 6, 2023. ​

Who Can Apply

Neighborhood organizations listed with the City of Phoenix or Non-Profits seeking to coordinate and hold park activation events and programs in parks servin​g qualified census tracts​ are eligible to apply.

Eligible Events/Activities

  • Movies in the Park
  • Concerts in the Park
  • Food Truck Festivals
  • Youth Sports Programming
  • Neighborhood Farmers Markets (Must be free admission and have free activities associated with the event)
  • Neighborhood Resource Fairs
  • Safety Events (ex. Bike Rodeos)
  • Fitness Programs
  • 2024 GAIN Events
  • Neighborhood Celebrations (May include inflatable jumpers and free activities)

Events and activities must be free of cost/admission for the community and park rules must be followed. All events/programs listed here will be considered priority in the application process. If your event/program category is not listed, please email for further consideration.

** Please keep in mind, that insurance requirements may apply. **

ARPA Funds Regulations for Park Activation Grant Program

The following is a list of general governing regulations to consider before applying.

Tracking ARPA Funds

Part of the allocation of ARPA funds includes the requirement to track the funds to ensure all dollars are being spent for their intended purpose. Funds allocated to neighborhood organizations will be monitored by the Parks Department to guarantee funds are being spent as intended. Monthly reports (standard reporting template to be provided) showing any expenditure of ARPA funds will be required of all awarded neighborhood organizations.

The Parks and Recreation Department is unable to provide any resources or staffing above and beyond the grant funds to support park activation for events, programming, and activities.​​​​​​​​​​​​