US Bank Places to Play Grant Application - Due date February 18 by 12 Noon CT

U.S. Bank Places to Play Program A Community Recreation and Play Space Initiative 2015 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) Overview The U.S. Bank Places to Play Program is a collaboration between U.S. Bank and the Minnesota Vikings that provides community‐based non‐profit organizations and schools with grants to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local play spaces in low‐ to moderate‐income communities in Minnesota. Recreation and play spaces serve as tremendous community assets because they offer opportunities for recreation and relaxation that improve the local quality of life, especially for young people. U.S. Bank Places to Play is intended not only to respond to the immediate shortage of safe recreation and play spaces, but also to build an infrastructure through resident involvement to sustain these recreational spaces for community use. U.S. Bank believes in putting people first ‐ our employees, our customers and our communities. U.S. Bank Places to Play is a great example of that commitment. U.S. Bank and the Minnesota Vikings are collaborating to invest $1 million over three years to give youth, families and communities across the State of Minnesota access to safe places to play and engage in recreational activity. This grant‐making initiative will focus on parks, playgrounds, indoor/outdoor athletic facilities and repairs to existing trails. In order to be eligible for a grant under the Program, projects must be sponsored by community‐based non‐profit organizations registered as exempt from Federal Income Tax under Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c)(3) or by schools in low‐ to moderate‐income communities in Minnesota. Strong preference will be given to those proposals that (1) seek to upgrade existing facilities that are in poor condition or otherwise underutilized; (2) demonstrate active use of the spaces; (3) attract matching funding that exceeds the minimum required match of 1:1; (4) involve local partnerships with non‐profit community partners (e.g., Parks and Recreation departments, YMCA branches, etc.) to promote youth safety and community programming; and (5) provide for continuing maintenance and safety. Proposals are due February 18, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. CST Please read the complete RFP before requesting a proposal submission link. Availability of Funding Matching grants of $25,000 to $50,000 will be available to provide general recreation space support. Community‐based non‐profit organizations and schools in low‐ to moderate‐income communities may submit requests for capital projects associated with actual recreation and play spaces. This includes the installation or refurbishment of parks, playgrounds, indoor/outdoor recreation facilities a


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