Grants

Opportunities to help communities take bold steps toward beginning or completing playspace projects

Build It Yourself

Let's Play Community Construction Grants

Dr Pepper Snapple & KaBOOM! have teamed up to offer $15,000 grants to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment. Grantees will lead their community through a self-guided planning process, using the $15,000 grant towards the total cost of playground equipment and assembling the playground using the KaBOOM! community-build model. Grantees have up to one year to build the playground and will have the support of a remote KaBOOM! Grants Manager and an onsite Certified Playground Installer. Learn more about the community build model in our Build a Playground Toolkit.

Next steps:

  1. Apply today! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year so be sure to submit an application pro-actively.
  2. Applications will be reviewed when complete. If eligible, all applicants will be contacted by email of eligibility and instructions for next steps.
  3. Funding Application Deadlines
    Funding has closed for 2016, but we will continue to accept applications for consideration in 2017. We anticipate awarding the first round of 2017 Let's Play Community Construction grants in Summer 2017.

Applicants with fully submitted applications will be notified of their status two (2) months after each funding application cycle deadline.

Eligibility:

Municipalities, schools, and child-serving nonprofit organizations without a playground or with existing equipment that is unsafe for children are eligible for this opportunity.

Applicants must:

  • Own land or have permission to build
  • Spend $24,000 to $40,000 on playground equipment (not including surfacing, site prep, freight, contractor fees, benches, and other non-playground equipment items)
  • Work with a KaBOOM! Preferred Vendor (BCI Burke, Landscape Structures, Playworld Systems or Miracle Recreation)
  • Use the KaBOOM! community-build model to plan and build the playground
  • Finish project within 12 months of award
  • Serve a low-income population
  • Demonstrate a strong need for a new playspace in the community

Frequently Asked Questions:

Contact:

If you have any other questions about the application process, please email grants@kaboom.org with "Community Construction Grant" in the subject line.