Show Me Healthy Communities Statewide Training and Funding Initiative

Join us at a Regional Professional Development Event in April!

MPRA, PlayCore, and GameTime are aligning resources and strategically partnering to support and promote MPRA’s mission to advocate the quality of life through effective use of parks and recreation opportunities, education, and resources. 

Register for a Professional Development Event

The first step is to attend a professional development event to bring research-based best practices to your community. These educational workshops offer information on designing and programming outdoor play and recreation environments to promote active, healthy communities. Content is aligned to assist with the completion the funding application. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017– 9:00 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. 
Northwest Region- Liberty Community Center 
1600 S Withers Road, Liberty, MO 64048 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017– 9:00 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. 
Southwest Region– Chesterfield Family Center 
2511 W Republic Road, Springfield, MO 65807 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017—9:00 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. 
Southeast Region: Maryland Heights Community Center 
2344 McKelvey Road, Maryland Heights, MO 63043 

Thursday, April 27, 2017—9:00 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. 
Northeast Region: Riechmann Indoor Pavilion 
2300 Walnut Street, Columbia, MO 65201 

Jan Neitzert, Executive Director, MPRA “We have always believed play was good for children. Now, we’ll have research-based evidence that our community parks are great places to play!”
Up to One Million Dollars in Funding Available Statewide

Advocate and Apply

Once you've attended a professional development event, it's time to advocate for your community and put your training into action! GameTime is awarding funds to agencies across the state of Missouri to help build play and recreation projects that support healthy communities. Complete the funding application and write a 1,000 – 2,000-word essay to describe your community playground needs and expected outcomes. Two communities from each region will receive up to 100% matching funds toward the purchase of a new playground. Funds are also available for eligible Adult Outdoor Fitness packages and Challenge Courses. Completed applications and essays must be submitted by May 31, 2017.

Be a Champion for Healthy Communities Download the Funding Application
Process and Deadlines

Up to 100% Matching Funds for Play Systems

Communities who are awarded funds as part of the MPRA Statewide initiative can apply their funding award toward the purchase of PowerScape, PrimeTime and IONiX play systems.

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Up to $20,000 in Funds for Challenge Course

Create a multigenerational fitness destination in your parks with Challenge Course. MPRA Statewide Initiative funds can be applied to the purchase of Challenge Course Pro or Youth Series.

View Challenge Course Terms & Conditions

Up to $5,000 in Funds for Outdoor Fitness Equipment

Help adults in your community stay more active and achieve their health and wellness goals. MRPA Statewide Initiative funds can be applied to these Outdoor Fitness Packages.

View Outdoor Fitness Terms & Conditions