Austin Parks Foundation awards over $ 76,000 in grants


Each awarded project will update, repair or install necessary facilities with the common goal of fostering equitable access to nature.

AUSTIN, Texas – The Austin Parks Foundation announced Friday that it has donated more than $ 76,000 to its fall 2021 community grant recipients to fund projects dedicated to improving municipal parks and outdoor community spaces.

Community grants are designed to support large improvement projects initiated by the community requiring between $ 5,000 and $ 50,000 in funding. Each project will update, repair or install necessary facilities with the common goal of fostering equitable access to nature, according to a statement.

More than $ 3 million in grants have been spent on projects in all of the city’s neighborhoods.

The fall 2021 grants total $ 76,520 and were distributed among these three projects:

  • Several school parks in Austin: $ 50,000 for the installation of updated standard equipment, for a contribution of $ 50,000 from the Parks and Recreation Department’s capital improvement fund for an overall impact of $ 100,000
  • MLK Station Park: $ 12,020 to repair and improve the teaching and community gardens at the Sustainable Food Center, an active centerpiece of the Boggy Creek Public Park and Trail
  • Sanchez School Park: $ 14,500 for a new water fountain and seats to expand the nature playground being installed at the park over the coming months

“We are honored to continue to fund community-initiated projects through our grant program during a year where Austinites have looked to their parks for a sense of community and connection,” said Kathleen Barron, Director principal of programs at the Austin Parks Foundation.

The APF said applications for community grants are accepted on April 30 and September 30 of each year. The foundation said it was reviewing applications for 2021 impact grants and would announce the recipient in December. The impact grant is intended to support major improvement projects for physical parks initiated by the community as well as the implementation of vision plans and the creation of places.

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