Official Rules

Play Everywhere Philadelphia 2022 Official Rules and Conditions


Play Everywhere Philly (“Challenge”) funded with support provided by the William Penn Foundation (“Funding Partner”), is a call for ideas organized by KABOOM!, Inc., a Bethesda, MD based non-profit corporation (“KABOOM!”), designed to help uncover the best replicable, scalable innovations in city redevelopment and design that will make play easy, available and fun for all kids and families. It is an opportunity to reimagine what and where a play space is and can be. The Challenge will award a total of $1 million to make the top ideas a reality. The Challenge is void where prohibited by law.

The Challenge is void where prohibited by law.


To enter the Challenge, you must agree to these Official Rules and Conditions (“Rules”). Therefore, please read the Rules prior to entry to ensure you understand and agree. If you enter the Challenge, you agree that submission of an application to the Challenge constitutes agreement to these Rules and that the Rules form a binding legal agreement by you with respect to the Challenge.


To be eligible to enter the Challenge applicants must:

  1. Implement the project within the city limits of Philadelphia.
  2. Be either (i) a registered United States 501(c)(3) public charity or a federal, state, or local governmental body or agency (each, a “Public Agency”) or (ii) a fiscal sponsor: a United States entity or an individual who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and in either case that is partnering, though a formal memorandum of understanding, intent, agreement or the like, with a United States 501(c)(3) public charity or Public Agency that would receive a grant if your application is chosen as a winning entry;
  3. Request funding for a specific project that (1) has an implementation period that cannot extend beyond the Initial Term, as determined by KABOOM! (not to exceed November 1, 2024), and (2) has a budget range of $80,000.00 and $110,000.00.
  4. Have access to the Internet as of June 30, 2023 in order to submit an application to the Challenge as set forth in these Rules and participate in other online aspects of the Challenge;
  5. Not discriminate on any unlawful basis in either hiring/employment practices or in the administration of programs and services; and
  6. Agree that if you receive a grant as set forth in these Rules it will be used for projects open to all persons regardless of religion and will not be used for religious instruction.

Employees and directors of KABOOM!, its Funding Partner, and each of their respective subsidiaries, affiliated companies, advertising and promotion agencies and each of their immediate family members are ineligible. The term “immediate family member” includes an individual’s spouse, grandparents, parents, siblings, children and grandchildren.


The Application Period Begins May 1, 2023 and ends at 11:59:00 PM EDT on September 15, 2023. Application Periods are subject to change in the sole discretion of KABOOM!.

  1. Timeline
    1. Idea Form period begins May 1, 2023
    2. Idea Form closes June 30, 2023
    3. Finalist Application deadline September 15, 2023
    4. Award notification around October 2023
    5. Project Completion by November 1, 2024
  2. Complete full online application on KABOOM! website;
  3. Submit requisite materials
    1. Budget
    2. Timeline
    3. Playful Learning Criteria
    4. Photos/Project Design
    5. Proof of 501(c)3 status/Fiscal Sponsor (the IRS determination letter)
  4. Obtain proper permission to complete project (i.e. land ownership, permits, etc.)
  5. Assure that material is not derogatory, offensive, threatening, defamatory, disparaging, libelous or contain any content that is inappropriate, indecent, sexual, profane, indecent, tortuous, slanderous, discriminatory in any way, or that promotes hatred or harm against any group or person, or otherwise does not comply with the theme and spirit of the Challenge;
  6. It must not contain content, material or any element that is unlawful or otherwise in violation of or contrary to all applicable federal, state or local laws and regulations where the Application is created;
  7. It must not contain any content, material or element that displays any third party advertising, slogan, logo, and trademark or otherwise indicates a sponsorship or endorsement by a third party, commercial entity or that is not within the spirit of the Challenge, as determined by KABOOM! in its sole discretion;
  8. It must be an original, unpublished work that does not contain, incorporate or otherwise use any content, material or element that is owned by a third party or entity;
  9. It cannot contain any content, element, or material that violates a third party’s publicity, privacy or intellectual property rights;
  10. It must be submitted by an applicant that meets the eligibility requirements set forth in these Rules.
  11. Encourages kids and families to engage in play that will activate their minds and/or bodies
  12. Project includes elements from Playful Learning Landscapes that support literacy and/or STEM skills for kids aged 0-8
  13. Displays community partnerships and relationship building
  14. Is in a public space (ex: street/sidewalk, or storefront, etc.) and highly accessible to low income families, or in a play desert
  15. Addresses a challenge or need in the community that is not directly related to play
  16. Project is located in a space that impacts a high number of users
  17. Proposes a change in the built environment
  18. Project promotes social interaction between kids and caregivers to support developmental skills and learning
  19. Must be built by November 1, 2024 with a reasonable and feasible budget for the proposed project scope.
  20. Project can be a temporary movable/pop-up playspace or a semi-permanent to permanent change to the built environment, but cannot be an event or program.
  21. Audited financial statements;
  22. Relevant bank wire information;
  23. Recent bank statements;
  24. Full list of full legal names of senior leadership, trustees, and board members;
  25. Relevant information on any government affiliation or public funding;
  26. Further details or information on participant’s project idea and implementation plan;
  27. Information demonstrating that the participant complies with all applicable anti-corruption laws, the USA Patriot Act and any other applicable laws; and
  28. If the Application is being submitted by a participant in the capacity of a fiscal sponsor, further information regarding the relationship between the participant and the sponsored entity or group.