Parks & Recreation

Parks Fund Grants

The City of Duluth has partnered with the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation to provide funding for neighborhood-based parks enhancements and recreation services on Duluth's parks, recreation and trails system. Each year, the Parks Fund gives away $100,000 ($50,000 in the spring and $50,000 in the fall) through the Community Parks & Recreation Program Grants.

Grants will generally range from $500 to $5,000.

In order to receive funding, a project must:

  • Take place entirely or primarily on existing recognized units of Duluth's parks, recreation and trails system
  • Support the mission of Duluth's Parks and Recreation Division to fulfill the essential recreational, educational, cultural, and environmental needs that create a dynamic community

To be eligible to apply for funding, an organization must:

  • Be classified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or have another 501(c)(3) willing to serve as a fiscal agent for the project, and
  • Be primarily located in or provide services to residents within the City of Duluth

Priority will be given to projects that support one or more of the following key elements of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan:

  • Improve the quality of existing parks;
  • Expand the use of City parks and recreation areas;
  • Focus on connecting the community through trails and bikeways;
  • Have fewer, but higher quality recreation buildings;
  • Enhance stewardship of natural resources;
  • Expand partnerships with schools for community recreation and gathering; and 
  • Increase use and recognition of volunteers and volunteer groups
Grant awards are not intended to provide permanent support for any purpose. Organizations must have the financial potential to sustain a program after funding by the Community Parks and Recreation Program end. Organizations may only receive funding for the same project twice.The community parks and recreation program guidelines can be found here.

How to Apply

All interested applicants must submit a letter of intent at least two weeks prior to application deadline. Application deadlines are April 1 and October 1. 

To Apply, please access the Community Foundation online application. You can review the application process, see a step-by-step guide for using the online application, and access the portal by following this link.

If you have any questions, please contact the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation’s Office of Community Philanthropy or by phone at 218-726-0232. 


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Duluth, MN 55802


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All interested applicants must submit a letter of inquiry at
least two weeks prior to application deadline.
Application deadlines are April 1 and October 1. 


The Community Parks and Recreation Program Guidelines can be found here.


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