Our Dream Playground
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Tools and Resources
Get funding, learn the nuts and bolts of building a great place to play, and improve your local playground.
Become a Community Partner
Build a great place to play for your community with the help of your neighbors, friends, KaBOOM! and our Funding Partners.
Save Play in Your Community
Get tips, ideas, and inspiration for making your community more playful.
Playful City USA
Our Playful City USA program recognizes cities and towns that embrace play as a priority.
Our collection of books will inspire you to bring more play to your family, neighborhood, and community at large.
What We Do
KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving play for America’s children.
Who We Are
We are peppy, purple-adorned people who passionately promote the power of play!
Partner With Us
Our partners help us to create new playgrounds and to spread the word about the importance of PLAY.
One of the biggest challenges facing any community-build playground project is fundraising. That is why KaBOOM! offers communities occasional grant opportunities to begin or complete playspace projects.
KaBOOM! is not a direct grant-making foundation, nor do we act as a fundraising agent, seeking contributions for specific projects. Occasionally, however, we are able to administer challenge grant programs thanks to our dedicated and generous Funding Partners.
Community Partner Program
The KaBOOM! Community Partner Program is our flagship program. Through this program, we match hard-working, dedicated child-serving non-profits and municipal organizations with Funding Partners, who have committed to providing the majority of funding to build playgrounds in specified towns or regions.
- Deadline: Project-specific; Time-sensitive
- Eligibility: Ideal Community Partners are usually child-serving non-profit organizations, but can be community development organizations, neighborhood coalitions, schools or any organization that can mobilize a volunteer force and is in need of a new playground! Find an updated list of cities with current funding opportunities here.
- How to Apply: Learn more about the KaBOOM! Community Partner Program.
- Contact: If you have any questions about the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's Play Grant Opportunities
About the Let's Play Initiative:
Let's Play is a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) to get kids and families active nationwide. The first Let's Play initiative is a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit that's saving play. Together, through Let's Play, DPS and KaBOOM! will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America. For more information, visit LetsPlay.com or Facebook.com/LetsPlay.
Dr Pepper Snapple & KaBOOM! have teamed up to offer funding to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment. Playgrounds must be assembled using the KaBOOM! community-build model, and completed within 12 months of receiving the award.
Eligibility: Municipalities and child-serving organizations without a playground or with existing equipment that is unsafe for children are eligible for this opportunity. This grant cannot be used to add age-appropriate equipment to an existing playground.
Open Application Period: There are no current grant opportunities. Please sign up for our grant alerts by registering at the top of this page.
- Contact: If you have any questions about the application process, please email email@example.com with “Community Construction Grant” in the subject line.
These grant opportunities are available exclusively to members of the KaBOOM! Alumni Network. These organizations are eligible to enhance their current play spaces with either of the following: Outdoor Fitness Station, Shade Structure, or Imagination Playground in a Cart.
Deadline: The application period for this year is closed.
- Eligibility: You must be a member of the KaBOOM! Alumni Network, which include individuals and organizations who have built or improved their playspace using KaBOOM! funding, tools and/or resources. You must NOT have received a previous Let’s Play Alumni Improvement Grant.
- How to Apply: There are no current grant opportunities. Please sign up for our grant alerts by registering at the top of this page.
- Contact: If you are interested in these grants or your eligibility as a KaBOOM! Alumni, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Imagination Playground Grant Opportunities
Imagination Playground is an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication, and collaboration in play. With a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam parts, Imagination Playground provides a changing array of elements that allow children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and re-built by their imagination. For more information about Imagination Playground, please contact Judy Lem at email@example.com.
Unfortunately, there are no Imagination Playground grants available at this time. Please check back at a later date or sign up for the KaBOOM! grants newsletter to be notified of opportunities as they arise.
The American Academy of Dermatology's Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces. Each Shade Structure Grant is valued up to $8,000, which includes the cost for a shade structure and installation.
- Deadline: Applications will be opening October 1, 2013.
- Eligibility: Open to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that provide services, programs and curricula to children and teenagers who are 18 and younger.
To be considered for grants, applicants must:
- Be recommended by an Academy member dermatologist. Locate an Academy member dermatologist by using the Find a Dermatologist tool.
Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to sun safety and skin cancer awareness by having a sun-safety/skin cancer awareness program in place for at least one year prior to application.
- How to Apply: For detailed information, go to aad.org.
Enter for a chance to see your BIG Idea win a $5,000 grant! The 4th Annual BE BIG In Your Community Contest is open now! Other prizing consists of five $1,000 first prize grants. The BE BIG Fund can help bring your winning idea to life with the help of Scholastic, HandsOn Network and, of course, Clifford! Click here for full details.
Are you working to start a community action project or program? Do you need money to turn your ideas into action? Do you have a sustainable community action project, program or idea? We give out a $500 Do Something Seed Grant every week to help young people just like YOU!
Application Deadline: Currently none; 2-3 month notification. Click here for full details.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA has announced the availability of grant funds to support children's health through park and recreation out-of-school time programs.
One-year grants are available and are expected to range from $25,000 to $35,000. Additional in-kind nutrition literacy materials valued at $10,000 will also be provided to each grantee. Grant funds will be designated for expenditures that help local park and recreation agencies achieve the stated goals of the program: increase healthy meals served to children; provide evidence-based nutrition literacy to children; and implement nutrition and physical activity standards. More information
How to Apply
Applications are due at midnight ET on Thursday March 6, 2014. It is anticipated that NRPA will notify applicants by April 1, 2014.
Good Sports is a non-profit whose mission is to increase youth participation in sports, recreation and fitness activities. Good Sports provides sports equipment, apparel, and footwear to youth organizations offering sports, fitness and recreational programs to youth in need. To learn more about their grant opportunities, visit their website.
The LEGO Group is committed to helping children develop their creativity and learning skills through constructive play. The LEGO Children's Fund extends this commitment to local and national organizations that support innovative projects and programming to cultivate and celebrate a child's exploration of personal creativity and creative problem-solving in all forms. The goal is to prepare the next generation - the builders of tomorrow - for a lifetime of creative learning and innovative thinking.
Deadline: January 15, April 15, July 15, October 15
Eligibility: The Foundation awards grants to qualified tax-exempt organizations (as determined under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code) including educational organizations as defined in USC 26 § 170 (C) with specific, identifiable needs primarily in these areas of support:
- Early childhood education and development that is directly related to creativity.
- Technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities.
- How to Apply: Learn more at LEGOChildrensFund.org.
LEGO Children's Fund
P.O. Box 916
Enfield, CT 06083-0916
Know of a playground related grant that's not listed here? Let us know! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details!