Grant Funding for Community Recreation
Looking for a way to expand recreation options in your community? A new grant program from KaBOOM, an organization that promotes community-built playgrounds, may be a match for your organization.
KaBOOM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of safe “play spaces” for children in communities, as they recognize that active playtime is an essential aspect of a healthy childhood. The organization’s typical approach is to work with community groups to assist with playground planning and fundraising,. Then, they help to orchestra a “build day”, where volunteers build the playground in a day.
The Joint Use Playground Grant is different. It departs from KaBOOM’s typical project structure by encouraging communities to partner with local schools to increase access to playgrounds that are already present in the community. After school hours, many schools close access to school playgrounds in an effort to reduce vandalism, liability, and help with maintenance. This grant program encourages the creation of joint-use agreements, and provides funding to improve and/or expand the facilities and related programs in order to open it for public use.
The grant program has two tiers – a $15,000 program for cities with populations of less than 100,000, and a $30,000 program for cities with populations of 100,000 or more. The organization anticipates that they will make 12 awards this year. Grant proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of August 31, 2012.
As with all rolling basis grant programs, TheGrantHelpers.com suggests applying as soon as possible if your organization is interested in receiving funding. Have questions? We’d be happy to explore this program with you. Contact a Grant Helper for more information.