Bobcat announces Park Improvement Grant, partnership with NRPA
In celebration of Bobcat Company’s 65th anniversary and with a focus on positively impacting communities, Bobcat and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) are partnering to create vibrant and sustainable community park and recreation areas.
Through their partnership with NRPA, Bobcat will extend five grants, each worth $50,000, to support five park improvement projects in designated communities throughout the U.S. Bobcat will also support the grant recipients through the use of its compact equipment lineup as applicable on project sites.
Projects may support various restoration, beautification or enhancement activities focused on climate readiness, native habitat restoration, trails maintenance or development, native plantings and pollinator habitats, green stormwater infrastructure, sports fields and more.
“Bobcat is committed to investing time and resources for the betterment of our world, and these grant opportunities align with our community building initiatives and focus on sustainability,” said Mike Ballweber, president of Doosan Bobcat North America. “We are humbled to support these efforts and serve as a catalyst for cultivating resilient communities throughout the U.S.”
NRPA is dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities with a focus on positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness and overall health and wellbeing. NRPA’s network of professionals and advocates provide essential services and confront pressing issues such as advancing mental and physical health, creating climate-ready parks, supporting equity and inclusion and more.
“We are thrilled to partner with Bobcat to showcase the power of parks and recreation,” said Kristine Stratton, president and CEO of NRPA. “Park and recreation professionals are champions in addressing so many of our most pressing challenges and are key to building stronger, healthier and more vibrant communities.”
In alignment with NRPA’s equitable grantmaking criteria, the grant evaluation process will prioritize sustainability needs and focus on communities with a moderate to high level of vulnerability by evaluating social factors such as poverty, housing, transportation access and the community’s vulnerability to natural or manmade disasters.
“At Bobcat, we are committed to supporting the communities where our customers, dealers and employees live and work,” said Laura Ness Owens, Doosan Bobcat vice president of global brand and North American marketing. “Bobcat is a proud supporter of the National Recreation and Park Association. Together we aim to build infrastructure at the community level, drive best practices and spread awareness of the power of parks and recreation.”
Bobcat Company is committed to building strong relationships, engaging volunteers and providing financial and in-kind support to organizations and programs to make a positive impact. To learn more about Bobcat’s community partnerships, visit bobcat.com.