Are you interested in hosting a concert, food truck festival or community celebration in your local park? Phoenix Parks and Recreation is inviting neighborhood groups and nonprofits to apply for grant funds to activate their local park.

Registration is open for park activation grant funds through the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Eligible neighborhood groups and nonprofits can be awarded up to $10,000 to host events or activities such as movies in the park, youth sports, fitness programs, concerts and more!

“We are excited to offer this opportunity in our city,” says Director of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Cynthia Aguilar. “Our goal is to build stronger communities by working together to activate our parks in positive ways.”

Registration closes on September 29. Register online at

Where did this money come from?
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. A portion of these funds are allocated to hiring a Neighborhood Grant Administrator to oversee and facilitate ARPA grant funds.

What is Park Activation?
Park activation is the process of building community trust and engagement with parks and open spaces. Phoenix Parks and Recreation 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.

Who can apply?
Neighborhood organizations listed with the city of Phoenix or nonprofits seeking to coordinate and hold park activation events and programs in parks serving qualified census tracts are eligible to apply.

What events or activities are eligible for application?
• 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 [email protected] for further consideration.​