One of the biggest challenges many communities face in their efforts to prioritize play is fundraising. That's why KaBOOM! offers grant opportunities to help communities take bold steps towards beginning or completing 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.
When children’s lives are filled with play, we all benefit: our communities will be healthier and happier today, and our society will be stronger and more resilient tomorrow. KaBOOM! offers a number of community-built playground grants to empower friends and neighbors to collaborate for a common cause – to bring play to their communities. From fundraising and recruiting volunteers, to collecting food and tool donations, these grants are designed to engage and activate community members to take the lead in the build planning process, from start to finish.
Please see a description of each grant opportunity below to find the best match based on your community’s needs. Our application process is extremely competitive, so please be sure to follow instructions carefully.
The Build It with KaBOOM! Playground Grant provides eligible communities with the majority of funds, tools and resources they need to build a custom-made playground – all in one day! Through this grant program, the majority of the playground funding for the project is provided by one of our generous Funding Partners. Selected groups, referred to as Community Partners, will work closely with a KaBOOM! Project Manager who will lead Design Day and Build Day activities as well as coordinate the equipment and material purchases for the project. Community members will take the lead in recruiting volunteers, securing food and tool donations and completing any necessary site preparation. Learn more about the Build It with KaBOOM! Playground Grant.
Deadline: Applications are accepted based on available funding in the area. However, we accept and encourage applications on a rolling basis, as new funding opportunities change on a regular basis.
How to Apply: Submit your application materials online at apply.kaboom.org
Contact: If you have any questions about the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Build It Yourself Playground Grant is an opportunity for eligible communities to secure $15,000 to be used towards their playground equipment. Playgrounds must be assembled using the KaBOOM! community-build model and completed within 12 months of receiving the grant. Differing from the Build it with KaBOOM! Playground Grant, the grantee will lead their community through a self-guided planning process; the KaBOOM! Grants Manager will be available to provide guidance throughout the process and conduct periodic check-ins to make sure you are on track. Construction and site-related questions will be primarily handled by the local playground equipment representative and/or Parks and Recreation departments.
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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 email@example.com.
About: The makers of Children's Claritin® are working with KaBOOM! to help support kids at play. Together we are launching a national program where eligible child-serving non-profits and schools* may apply to be considered for Imagination Playground in a Cart™ for their community. Twelve organizations will be selected as finalists and proceed to the national level on the Children's Claritin Facebook site, where consumers will vote to select the top four organizations. These four organizations will each receive Imagination Playground in a Cart for their communities.
Eligibility: Child serving nonprofits and schools
Deadline: Completed applications must be submitted by 5:00pm EST July 2, 2014.
How to Apply: Visit creativeplay.kaboom.org to submit an application.
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or questions about this grant.
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.
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.
Through the Champions for Healthy Kids program, the General Mills Foundation will award 50 grants to nonprofit organizations working to improve nutrition and physical fitness behaviors for youth.
Deadline: Applications will be opening on February 1, 2014 and are due on March 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
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 email@example.com with the details!