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Bark For Your Park Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies for
Dog Park Construction and Maintenance

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

06/30/21 Before 11:59 PM ET - Receipt


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Grants of $5,000 and grants of $25,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and local governments to develop dog parks in local communities. Funding is intended to support the construction of new off-leash dog parks as well as the renovation, improvement, and maintenance of existing parks. Funds may be used for site preparation, building materials, design fees, utilities installation, permits, construction services, and other related capital expenses.

The PetSafe Bark For Your Park Grant Program includes two categories:

  •  New Park Build Prizes ($25,000): Must be used toward the cost of building a new dog park. 
  •  Park Maintenance Prizes ($5,000): Must be used toward the cost of renovating an existing dog park. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181627

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

This year, 10 communities across the country will receive funding - 5 will each receive the New Park Build Prize and 5 will each receive a Park Maintenance Prize.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Sponsor will award:
- New Park Build Prizes: $25,000 each
- Park Maintenance Prizes: $5,000 each

Term of Contract:

The commencement of construction/renovation of the dog park project should take place no later than September 2, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The term “Community” as used in these Official Contest Rules means: (a) A county, city, municipality or other local governmental unit, legally organized, constituted and existing under state law (a “Local Government”) or (b) a non-profit, public benefit organization legally organized and existing under state law which has received tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and which manages or operates park facilities on behalf of a Local Government or which owns, manages and/or operates park facilities which are open to the general public at no charge (an “Eligible Non-profit Organization”).

In the event multiple Entries are submitted on behalf of overlapping or contiguous Communities or on behalf of multiple Eligible Non-profit Organizations which are in the same general geographic area or overlapping geographic areas (such as a city and a county or an Eligible Non-profit Organization and the city in which it is located), Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may elect to designate which of the nominated Communities will be considered for selection as a Finalist.

Only Communities (as hereafter defined) are eligible to win the Prizes, and no Prize will be awarded to any individual Entrant.

The Contest is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who have reached the age of majority at the time of entry.

Employees, officers, directors, affiliates, licensees, distributors and fulfillment agencies of the Sponsor, and respective immediate family members (a spouse, sibling, parent, child or grandparent and the spouses of such persons) and other persons living in their same households are not eligible to participate in the Contest.

Contest Prizes cannot be used to purchase land.

Pre-Application Information:

The current Contest schedule is:
- May 1, 2021: Contest Opens
- June 30, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET: Deadline for Submission of Community Entries
- July 16, 2021: Notification of Finalists
- August 3, 2021: Finalist Voting Period Begins
- August 31, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET: Finalist Voting Ends
- September 2, 2021: Announcement of Prize Winners

All Entries must be received by the Sponsor before the deadline date and time.

Communities must submit the following to Sponsor before 11:59:59 pm ET on June 30, 2021:(i) A verification letter from the landowner where the proposed dog park will be constructed or renovated that confirms the landowner’s support for the project; and(ii) letter(s) from the city or county mayor, city manager, the director of parks and recreation, or other civic leader within the Community that document their support of the dog park and their willingness to complete the proposed project if the Community is chosen as a Prize Winner.

There will be two categories of Communities: A New Park Build category and a Park Maintenance category. The Judges will select twenty (20) New Park Build Finalists and ten (10) Park Maintenance Finalists. The Communities with the highest Judges’ scores in their respective category will be declared Finalists by the Judges (the “Finalists”), and those Communities will move on to the next phase of the Contest. Finalist Communities will be notified of their selection as a Finalist on July 16, 2021 or as soon thereafter as practicable.

Each community selected as a prize winner must:
- Provide land for the operation of the dog park.
- Provide evidence of appropriation or availability of sufficient funds to complete construction/renovation of the dog park in accordance with the proposed budget.
- Commit to maintain and operate the dog park for at least three (3) years from the date the dog park opens/reopens to the general public.
- Make the dog park available for use by the general public at no charge, subject to reasonable rules and regulations concerning such use.

A Community will only be eligible to win one (1) Prize and can only submit an Entry for a single Prize Category (New Park Build or Park Maintenance). Previous Bark for Your Park winners are only eligible to enter to win a Park Maintenance Prize.

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