KaBOOM! is partnering with the New York Housing Authority (NYCHA) and The Fund for Public Housing to transform housing developments across New York City. The Build It With KaBOOM! playground grant is an exciting opportunity for NYCHA residents to work together to create a new place for kids to play!
If selected for the grant, your community will work hand-in-hand with a KaBOOM! Project Manager to plan and execute your playground project. The project kicks off with Design Day, a kids and community meeting, and culminates in a Build Day, the six-hour playground building event. Residents will be engaged throughout the planning process which culminates in a six hour Build Day event. KaBOOM! encourages residents that are excited about this opportunity to work with their community and/or tenant association to submit an online interest form. KaBOOM! will quickly be in touch with you to schedule the next steps in the selection process.
Community Interest forms for 2017 playground projects are due July 21. Early submissions will receive additional consideration. Each community that creates a submission will be considered for 2018 playground grant opportunities.
Step 1: Community Partner Interest Form
Each Community Partner is required to complete a community interest form, located on this page, that includes general information about the need for a new play space and the interest of their community in participating in a community build. View a preview of the Community Partner Interest form before you start.
Step 2: Interview Call
If an interest form is selected to move forward, a KaBOOM! team member will schedule a call with the community to discuss the scope of the project and the responsibilities involved. The call will cover, among other things, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, parental involvement, tools and materials, playground design, and Design Day and Build Day festivities. Participants in the call typically include the primary contacts at the organization seeking the grant and other residents that will play an integral role in the planning process.
Step 3: Follow-up Materials
Next, the residents will be asked to submit additional materials including a signed Letter of Commitment, a petition demonstrating support for the project within the broader community, and pictures of the proposed playground site. Download our petition template
Step 4: KaBOOM! Review Panel
Once follow-up materials are received, an internal panel at KaBOOM! will review the prospective Community Partner (that's you) and the proposed site to determine if the Community Partner is a finalist for the opportunity.
Step 5: Final Check-in Call
Finalists may proceed to a final screening call that could include staff from NYCHA handling logistics and community members that have been a part of the screening process. If selected, planning for the project may begin immediately! The remaining qualified candidates will be notified and considered for future opportunities.
For direct assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can expect a response within 1-2 business days.