Grants

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.

Cheering on a KaBOOM! Build Day

Community-Built Playground Grants

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.

Build it with KaBOOM! Playground Grant

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.

Grant Details

 

Build it Yourself Playground Grant

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.

More information coming soon. In the meantime, please sign up for grant alerts at the top of the page to receive updates.

Creative Play Grants

Imagination Playground Grant

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 gooutandplay@kaboom.org.

Imagination Playground in a Cart

 

External Grant Opportunities

American Academy of Dermatology Shade Structure Grant Program


BE BIG in Your Community Contest


Do Something Mini-Grants


General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Grant Opportunity


Good Sports Equipment Grants


LEGO Children's Fund

Know of a playground related grant that's not listed here? Let us know! Email webmaster@kaboom.org with the details!