People, Parks, and Power (P3) is the first national funding initiative in the U.S. to support power building by community-based organizations to reverse deep seated park and green space inequities in Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities across the country. P3 is a joint effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, led and managed by Prevention Institute. P3 will advance park and green space equity through a national grantmaking program, peer-to-peer learning community, research, network building, and strategic communications.

P3 Local Partners

Fourteen groups across the U.S. have been awarded $500,000 to build community power and advocate for park and green space equity.

Frequently Asked Questions

P3 is grounded in the premise that urban parks are essential community infrastructure that should serve every neighborhood in a fair, just, and safe manner, without displacing longtime residents or community-serving businesses.

What is Park Equity?

Park equity is the fair and just distribution of parks and green spaces, such that all communities have access to these health-promoting resources.

Theory of Change

Learn more about the P3 approach, theory of change, and our equity framework.

Our Funders

P3 is generously supported by leading health and environmental funders.

“Change comes from organizing and power-building; in that regard P3 breaks new ground. It’s the first national funding initiative that supports community-based organizations to build power for local policy change to eliminate the deplorable park and green space inequities found in urban African American and Latino communities across the U.S. This new investment recognizes just how crucial low-income communities of color are to moving the needle toward equity on issues central to environmental, health, and racial justice.”

–Manuel Pastor, PhD, director of the University of Southern California’s Equity Research Institute and a grantee of RWJF’s Lead Local initiative.

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Join our growing network of park equity advocates and be the first to learn about upcoming webinars and national network-building opportunities! For more information about the P3 initiative, contact P3@PreventionInstitute.org. For media inquiries, contact LySaundra@PreventionInstitute.org.

Funding for this project is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Photo credits (top-left to bottom-right): Chispa Arizona, Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Social Justice Learning Institute, Kounkuey Design Initiative