Our Dream Playground
Our new step-by-step project planner offers the money and know-how to make your playground dreams come true.
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 email@example.com.
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.
- Contact: If you have any questions about the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Community Construction Grant” in the subject line.
To encourage play as a priority, Joint Use Grants of $15,000 and $30,000 are available to schools, cities, towns, county governments, agencies, and non-profit organizations to apply towards creating agreements or policies related to opening school playground facilities to the public during non-school hours. Find out how you can make your community’s playgrounds more accessible!
- Eligibility: Schools, cities, towns, county governments, agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
- How to Apply: To sign up to begin your Joint Use Grant application, click here.
- Contact: For more on Joint Use Grants, please contact Daniel McNulty by phone at (202) 464-6179 or by email at email@example.com.
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.
- Contact: If you are interested in these grants or your eligibility as a KaBOOM! Alumni, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited to offer $500 grants to qualifying Do-It-Yourself communities to be used toward the improvement of an existing playground built using the KaBOOM! community build model. Apply today to put the finishing touches on your playground!
Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
- Eligibility: U.S.-based municipalities, neighborhood associations, schools, day care centers, and non-profit organizations who have built a playground without prior KaBOOM! funding are eligible.
- The application for Completion Grants is closed and there are no longer any Completion Grants available.
- Contact: For more information, contact Annie Binder at email@example.com with the subject line: Completion Grant Inquiry.
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.
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!