IPRA/IPRF Partner with National Fitness Campaign: $25,000 Grants Now Available 


IPRA, IPRF and the National Fitness Campaign (NFC) are now offering $25,000 grants to ten Illinois park and recreation agencies (with at least one IPRA member) in 2020 to support joining the National Fitness Campaign (NFC) and expanding the campaign across Illinois.

NFC delivers a comprehensive fitness and wellness ecosystem built around their highly acclaimed digital Fitness Court®. This award winning initiative is now supporting more than one hundred cities across America including cities like Forest Park, Hoffman Estates, and Lincoln in Illinois.

Fitness Courts® are becoming one of America’s most valuable park resources because they bring people outdoors to engage in functional fitness on the world’s best outdoor gym, featuring an exciting series of seven minute workouts. Community members enjoy the benefits of digital coaching on the free Fitness Court app, which delivers fresh content to keep fitness training fun for adults of all ages and fitness levels. NFC trains local agency staff as part of the campaign, these experts can build engagement and usage.

This state-wide grant program includes exclusive funding opportunities for IPRA members to join and launch the Fitness Court and NFC initiative, continuing education regarding implementation of healthy infrastructure and pedestrian oriented planning principles, and a comprehensive suite of tools, fitness classes and programs designed to build a wellness culture in communities across Illinois. Grant funding represents an important share of the funding required to adopt and launch the program, with cities and local sponsors providing remaining funds together to build NFC partnerships across the state.

Request a briefing
If you are working from home and have internet access, you have everything you need to participate in the briefing. We would recommend attending if you are able, as 2021 funding and partnerships are now being considered as well. Please email heather@ILipra.org, Outreach Director, to schedule a briefing.

Grant Program Updates  

Important Update: NFC - IPRA - IPRF Grant Program Timeline Shifted to 2021 

Due to the growing impact of COVID-19 pandemic, NFC, IPRA and IPRF have determined it is in the best interest of all participants to formally shift this grant program into calendar year 2021, to provide appropriate time for agencies to navigate the current environment and still qualify for funding and partnership in the initiative.  

See below for updated program milestones: 

Revised Grant Program Timeline: 

1 - New Application Submission Deadline: July 1, 2020 

2- Award Announcements: July 15, 2020

3- Matching Funding Submission: 2021 Funding Cycle: April 15, 2021

4 - Program Launch Requirement: 2021 Funding Cycle: August 1, 2021  

We are confident these new deadlines will better support all members and their agencies, and maximize success and impact for health and wellness in communities across the state.  

Contact: Mike Cole mike@nfchq.com at National Fitness Campaign for specific questions regarding these updates or your outstanding application. 


Partnering with NFC to bring the Fitness Court indoors!

With member agencies facing program closures statewide due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have partnered with NFC to bring a completely free indoor workout initiative to IPRA members and communities. This program brings the innovative 7 minute outdoor Fitness Court workout indoors for in home use, led by Mark Lauren, a world-renowned bodyweight training expert.

The program will be available for folks across Illinois for any agency free on the Fitness Court App: 
Download the Fitness Court App

This initiative includes a promotional kit that can be used to launch the free, 7 minute workout program to all of your patrons remotely, to help everyone stay healthy and positive at home during this unprecedented time. Read more about the immediate action taken to support the country with this program from NFC's Founder here: NFC Indoor Fitness Court Program Launch

If your agency is interested in joining this promotional program and receiving a kit, please reach out to Briannah Smith at NFC via email. Include your agency name and an appropriate contact for receipt and sharing of the kit on your platforms.

We hope you will #optinside with us during this time and take advantage of these tools, Let's keep Illinois healthy and strong!

To receive free kit contact: 
Briannah Smith