Matching Gifts Program

The Matching Gifts Program provides a way for individuals, neighborhoods, homeowner associations, sports groups, businesses, and other organizations to join with South Suburban Parks and Recreation (SSPR) in the development of their special projects.  We are interested in working with eligible groups in the continual development and improvement of our parks, facilities, and programs.

Our board of directors annually budgets money in the General Fund to be used to match funding requests, in an amount up to fifty percent, from eligible applicants.

Program Guidelines

Requests for funding must be in writing and meet the following requirements. Please note: requests of less than $2,000 are more likely to be approved for funding than requests in excess of that amount.

  • The project must be on South Suburban owned or leased property. Visit the online map.
  • Requests must be submitted by 5 p.m, Friday, March 1, 2019.
  • It is preferred that the funding match be in dollars, but consideration will be given for documented in-kind services, e.g., volunteer labor and donated materials.
  • Eligible projects must benefit South Suburban, its facilities or programs, or facility or program participants.
  • South Suburban will have the authority to accept or reject all or part of any proposal.
  • All improvements and purchases through this program are property of South Suburban.
  • Unless otherwise agreed, South Suburban will be responsible for the operation, maintenance, repair, storage, liability and general insurance on any project or equipment funded by this program.
  • If projects have similar or equal benefits, South Suburban may give preference to those applicants who have not received funding in the previous year.
  • Applicant's matching funds must be received by South Suburban no later than two weeks after the written notice of  project approval, unless an alternative date has been agreed upon by South Suburban.

Program Application

Applications for the 2019 program are due by 5 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2019.
Matching Gifts Application

Previous Matching Gifts

Improvements for 2018 included:

  • New vault table at Gymnastics Room at Goodson Recreation Center
  • Tree plantings along Little Dry Creek Trail
  • Powder coating goals and new nets
  • New lane lines for Cook Creek Pool
  • Planting trees at Puma Park
  • Materials for clay pottery studio at Goodson Recreation Center
  • Repair athletic fields at Cornerstone Park
  • New trash cans and signs at Fairways Park
  • Implement planting plan at Wynetka Ponds Park
  • Message boards at Ridgeview Hills North Civic Association
  • Planting pear trees along Big Dry Creek