Funding Your Park

Park Pride Grant Programs

Our grants, Small Change Grants, Community Building Grants, and Legacy Grants are designed to enable communities to gain experience and build capacity as they take on increasingly larger capital improvements in City of Atlanta and DeKalb County Parks.

Applicants and interested community members are encouraged to contact Park Pride to discuss proposed park improvement projects. The purpose of our grant program and the core of Park Pride’s work is to create community driven demand for more and better parks.

Small Change Grants are accepted anytime throughout the year, while Community Building Grants and Legacy Grants are due each year at the end of September. Please subscribe to the Park Pride email newsletter to stay up to date with grant information.

Small Change Grants

To celebrate Park Pride's 25th anniversary, matching grants of $100 to $2,500 will be accepted anytime throughout the year. These grants help communities make big differences with small park improvements. Available for projects in the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County.

Community Building Grants funded by The Home Depot Foundation

Matching grants ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 will help communities implement lasting park improvements. Available for projects in the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County.

Legacy Grants

Matching grants ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 support community implementation of comprehensive park visions and master plans. Available for projects in the City of Atlanta.

Tree Grants

Trees in Parks Grant program: Matching grants of up to $25,000 per park per year are available to neighborhood groups for the purchase of trees in City of Atlanta parks. Download the grant guidelines and application for more information. Contact Becky Katz at 404-546-7987 or with any questions.

2014 Park Pride Grants

With the support of foundation partners, The Home Depot Foundation, The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and the Cecil B. Day Foundation, Park Pride awarded 15 community groups grants to match funds raised by Friends of the Park groups for improvements to their parks. These groups, located throughout both City of Atlanta and DeKalb County, will receive a combined $800,000 in matching grants to fund capital park improvements, making this the largest grant cycle in the organizationís history!

Below is a list of some of the park improvements you can expect to see in the coming months:

  • The Friends of Adams Park will build a boardwalk around the park's lake and make several ADA accessibility improvements.

  • The Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy will install new standard park signage at Atlanta Memorial Park, and complete a study and design of sidewalks and trails.

  • Blue Heron Nature Preserve will install new park signage and construct a universally accessible entrance for their building.

  • Central Park and Lillian Cooper Shepard Park will be the home of new outdoor fitness equipment.

  • The Friends of Duck Pond Park, whose pond collects the stormwater from the surrounding 112 acres, will transform the pond by installing a granite stone edge.

  • Global Growers will revitalize their garden amenities and construct a pavilion at Forty Oaks Nature Preserve.

  • The Friends of Frazier-Rowe Park will build a pedestrian entrance on La Vista Road and install site furnishings throughout the parkís natural spaces.

  • Manigault Street Playlot, part of Lang Carson Park, will benefit from construction documents to redesign their pedestrian entrance.

  • Livable Buckhead, Inc. will purchase property that will allow for the connection of North Buckhead, Peachtree Park and Lindmont LaVista neighborhoods via PATH400.

  • The Friends of Reverend James Orange Park's award will support the complete renovation of the park, including amenities such as a playground, bathhouse, pool and splash pad.

  • Oakland Cemetery will install new park benches and trash receptacles throughout the grounds.

  • A collection of abandoned lots will be acquired and transformed into Riverwalk Atlanta, a 5+ acre park along the Chattahoochee River.

  • HABESHA will install a perimeter fence to protect and add beauty to their community garden at Rosa Burney Park.

  • The Friends of Ansley Park will build a terraced granite gathering area that will also mitigate erosion at Winn Park.

Congratulations to these community groups! We look forward to seeing these wonderful park improvements in 2015.