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Investing in Parks and Greenspaces: A Funder's Perspective

When it comes to park development, maintenance, and programming, successful projects are often those that are able to raise funds and support from a variety of sources. This funders’ panel will provide insight to community groups and development professionals as to which aspect of their work is most appealing to different types of funders as well as possible pitfalls in the application process.

Participants will hear perspectives from three different grantors who fund parks and greenspace as part of their environment, health and community revitalization objectives. TD Bank will share their perspective on funding small, grassroots projects and programs as well as larger strategic initiatives in both Canada and the U.S. Miami Foundation will talk about their multi-year public space program and its links to their civic building agenda, as well as their perspective on how community foundations can integrate this work to leverage local leadership and action. The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan will share their lessons learned from building public-private partnerships and leveraging public investments to transform historically abandoned sites. They will share how this work has enabled communities to create a vision for the future of their city and helped build momentum for community and civic interest in public space.

In addition to hearing the funders’ perspective, participants will gain insight into framing their own work in a successful proposal or request.

Session Presentation Slides

Slide Deck: Investing in Parks and Greenspaces: A Funder's Perspective


  • Learn about the diverse perspectives of different types of funders.
  • Learn practical advice on how to pitch a project proposal.
  • Be introduced to the reality of reviewing competing funding proposals.
  • Learn about new funders and funding opportunities.