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Disaster relief
& crisis recovery

Play is critical to help children heal following a disaster, as they deal with the stress of lost homes, lost loved ones, lost routine and lost normalcy. That is why KaBOOM! established our Disaster Relief and Crisis Recovery Task Force. This task force follows a roadmap to respond when there are natural or man-made disasters that have an impact on kids. We help kids when they need it most.

Disaster Recovery Grants

Target, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, The CarMax Foundation, UnitedHealthcare and The AllState Foundation are among the first to commit a total of $2.3 million to support on-going recovery efforts and ensure nearly 88,000 kids in impacted regions have 35 new or refurbished playspaces.

Through the generous funding from our partners, KaBOOM! is offering a slate of grants to communities that have been impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and by the wildfires in California. Each grant opportunity will be awarded on a rolling basis, as applications are received. Opportunities are limited, so please considering applying today. Have questions? Contact us at grants@kaboom.org.

Playground Re-opening Grants

The Playground Re-opening Grant will accelerate recovery efforts for your community, restoring play for kids as quickly as possible. The grants are designed to bring playgrounds back to a state where they are fully functional and safe for use by kids. The Playground Re-opening Grant will provide up to $4,500 for labor and material costs associated with re-opening the playground.

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Imagination Playground Grants

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.

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Build It With KaBOOM! Playground Grant

Through our signature community-build model and with the leadership of a KaBOOM! Project Manager, grant recipients will design and build their dream playgrounds. Community members will play an active role in planning and preparing for this exciting event. The project culminates on Build Day when 200 volunteers will join forces with our playground experts to build a playground and enhancement projects in one day!

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Past recovery efforts

Baltimore Hero Cropped Changing the community
Baltimore, MD

With an underserved community in crisis, it was clear a united initiative to invest in the future of kids and families in Baltimore was needed.

Moore Playground - Build Celebration When the wind dies down
Moore, OK

After an EF5 tornado devastated the town and the school was demolished, rebuilding playgrounds helped to rebuild childhoods.

Operation Playground Hero After the storm
Gulf Coast

After the Gulf Coast was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, KaBOOM! led a consistent campaign to bring 196 playspaces to the Gulf in 10 years.

Partnering to help

We believe supporting resiliency in kids and communities is work that can be tied to anyone's values. It is thanks to our generous partners that we've been able to respond to so many kids and communities in need. Learn how to join our efforts through a KaBOOM! partnership.

Contacting KaBOOM!

Share your story
To share your story of how KaBOOM! has helped you, your child, or your community please email openforplay@kaboom.org and include at least one picture of higher quality.

PR inquiries
Visit our press room

Corporate partnerships
Read about becoming a corporate partner, or contact Danielle Turnage at (202) 464-6420 or by email at dturnage@kaboom.org.