Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: People, Parks, and Power: A National Initiative for Green Space, Health Equity, and Racial Justice

The purpose of the People, Parks, and Power initiative is to increase participation of urban communities most impacted by park and green space inequities in policy advocacy and system change efforts to advance park equity. P3’s theory of change centers power building and community-driven policy initiatives led by communities of color as fulcrums for reversing longstanding park inequities. Community-based organizations that are led by people of color and build community power to influence public policy at the local level are strongly encouraged to apply. This includes groups that are already working on local, equity-focused park policy, as well as groups that may be new to this issue but have a history of advancing equity-focused policy on related issues.

The geographic focus of P3 is urban areas—with a particular interest in small and midsized cities (under 500,000 population). We are interested in funding a spectrum of eligible organizations across the United States, including those that are early in their park equity policy advocacy work, as well as more experienced groups that already have campaigns underway.

Applicants are encouraged to consider these seven broad categories and envision other relevant policy innovations:
1. Public finance measures
2. Agency policies that prioritize equity in internal processes and practices
3. Policy directives for a comprehensive assessment that quantifies park/green space  needs and inequities
4. Joint use policies for schoolyards to serve as park space
5. Land use policies that facilitate access to parks/green space
6. Establishment of community engagement units within agencies
7. Anti-displacement policies or provisions

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.