People for Parks Fund

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The People for Parks Fund exists to advance under-supported projects and programs in Minneapolis parks and to serve as the catalyst for connecting community-driven ideas and funding that nurture stewardship, community, and enjoyment of Minneapolis parks.

2022 People for Parks Fund Grants

This year, the People for Parks Fund distributed over $48,000 in grants to support nine projects led by seven organizations, including the Armatage Neighborhood AssociationCultural Wellness CenterFriends of the Boundary Waters Canoe AreaFriends of Lake NokomisMinneapolis Park and Recreation BoardMinneapolis Sailing Center, and Urban Bird Collective. Programs and projects will take place in nearly every corner of the city and serve a range of parks users, including children, adults, trail users, birdwatchers, swimmers, and more. Visit our blog to learn more and read grantee stories.

2021 People for Parks Fund Grants

In 2021, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation awarded over $34,000 in its debut round of People for Parks Fund grants, providing funding for six equity-aligned programs in Minneapolis parks that spanned the city and the seasons. Grantees included Heritage Youth Sports Foundation/Twin Cities Sol Futsol Academy, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, The Loppet Foundation, and Urban Bird Collective.To read stories and see more photos from these grantees, please visit our blog Common Ground.

About the People for Parks Fund

Created in 2020 with the consolidation of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and People for Parks, the People for Parks Fund carries forward a 42-year legacy of grassroots support for Minneapolis parks through a grants program and fundraising events.

Advisory Committee

The People for Parks Fund Advisory Committee recommends and guides the annual process for setting grant priorities, a timeline for seeking proposals, distributing grants, methods for tracking results, and capturing stories about the impact of each grant. The Advisory Committee also works with volunteers to produce Fund-supporting events.

2022 Advisory Committee Members

Jasmine Russell – Committee Chair
Jay Halvorson
Angelica Klebsch
Dan Peterson
Jean Sazevich
Marsha Yang

Fundraising Activities

Proceeds from the Fund’s signature fundraising event and bench and paver sales help support the grants program.

Posters for Parks Show
The show is a free and family-friendly event that features limited-edition posters created by local artists and designers, inspired by Minneapolis’ award-winning park system. Posters for Parks is a joint venture with, and in 2021 it raised a record $36,000 for the PFP Fund and local artists. 

Bench and Paver Sales
Proceeds from the sale of benches at Lake Harriet and pavers at Lake Harriet and Bde Maka Ska support the People for Parks Fund.

Order a Bench or Paver

History of People for Parks

Founded in 1977, People for Parks identified and directed $2.5 million to Minneapolis parks through grant making, fundraising events, and fiscal agency during its 42-year history. Its work originated with Dutch elm disease and grew to include support for the Lake Harriet Band Shell rehabilitation, Wabun universal access play area (the first of its kind in Minneapolis), and the nature playscape at North Mississippi Regional Park. In 2020, People for Parks consolidated with the Minneapolis Parks Foundation.

People for Parks History (pdf)

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