Recreation for All Fund Guidlines & Eligibility

Recreation for All(Rec4All) fund is a reimbursable grant from Seattle Parks and Recreation that supports local nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and community groups to provide culturally relevant physical and enrichment programming to under resourced communities in neighborhoods where health and enrichment disparities are prevalent. The goal of the community funding is to further strengthen the collaborative working relationship between SPR and the community through innovative and sustainable programs.


Who can apply?

• Local community groups*

• Small businesses (under $100,000 in revenue) working within the identified neighborhoods

• Not-for-profit organizations

*Groups applying are not required to be a 501(C) (3) nonprofit nor are they required to use a fiscal agent. If funded, groups will need to obtain a City of Seattle Business License and appropriate liability insurance

Entities not eligible:Government Agencies, Universities, and Political Groups.

Qualifying projects must:

• Have community partners involved with project

• Be free and open to the public

• Take place in a City of Seattle community center or park between June 1 and December 15, 2017

• Adhere to Seattle Park and Recreation’s mission statement:Seattle Parks and Recreation provides welcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate, and build community, and promotes responsible stewardship of the land

• Organizations cannot have any outstanding debts or grants with Seattle Parks and Recreation's Business Service Center (BSC)

• Organizations may submit only one application per fund cycle. Applicants may apply for both a project and one-time special event.


Projects that identify the following groups representing priority funding areas will receive higher consideration:

• People of color

• Immigrant/refugee populations

• Adults (19-50 years)

•Persons with disabilities

• Intergenerational



Items eligible for funding: instructor fees, marketing and promotional fees, project management and coordination/administration costs, equipment supplies, equipment rentals, facility or park rental fees, and other production-related costs including fitness certifications, etc. No more than 10% of budget may be used for food-related costs during the event/program.

Funds may not be used for: organizational administrative costs, travel or travel related expenses, fundraising, or gifts. This includes rent, mileage, personnel benefits, etc.

Applicants can apply for up to a maximum amount of $15,000


It is also our goal to establish and strengthen the collaborative working relationship between Seattle Parks and Recreation and community organizations in building new and innovative partnerships that increase healthy activities and services offered to the community.

Project criteria include:

Quality of Project: clear, well-conceived project that promotes physical activity participation strong community relations and is authentic to the community.

Community Impact: project plan describes meaningful efforts to increase community participation that will reach diverse and underserved audiences. Demonstrates a measurable impact for the community served.

Feasibility: the organization/community group/business has a proven track record of managing programs, activities and/or other event(s) and/or demonstrated ability to successfully produce the program or event; evidence of community involvement and support; and a clear, realistic budget for the program or event.

Sustainability: projects that have a plan to sustain program beyond funding cycle i.e., partnership development, in-kind donations, fitness certifications and collective impact partnerships.


Applicants should apply ONLINE.

2017 Funding Applications are due online by April 21, 2017 by 5PM.

Paper applications will be available upon request.

Seattle Parks and Recreation

C/O Recreation for All

4209 W. Marginal Way SW

Seattle, WA 98106


Fax: 206-615-1813


An independent peer panel of nonprofit organization members, community, and Seattle Parks and Recreation representatives will review and evaluate applications according to the program criteria and recommend funding. Funding notification will be made by the end of May 2017.