The numbers are shocking. Over 10 million children are totally inactive and 33 million are not active to healthy standards. A former general surgeon stated that this could be the first generation of kids that will be less healthy and have a lower life expectancy than their parents. One important step to get kids playing is creating access to safe and fun playgrounds. However, money to pay for them does not always come easy. The grants below can help.
Each year Playworld sponsors the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes, a grant program that provides schools or military communities with the funds or equipment to improve playgrounds and boost wellness programs for more active children. Administrators, parents, teachers, and community members can enter their facilities for a chance to win the grand prize: a $30,000 grant for wellness and a new playground. Three grand prizes will be awarded. One grand prize drawing will be from all eligible entries. The second will be from all eligible entries whose schools qualify for the Title I Schoolwide Program. The third will be awarded exclusively to eligible entries submitted on behalf of a military base or installation. Three runners-up will also be chosen to win $5,000 in prizes for their school’s wellness program. Deadline for this application is March 24.
The Go! Grants program aims to increase physical activity programs in elementary schools throughout the country. Thus far over 270 schools and 100,000 kids have been impacted by these grants. Public and charter K-6 schools are eligible to apply. Schools must be enrolled or willing to enroll in Let’s Move! Active Schools. The money can be used for before, during, or after-school programs. The grant can also be used for equipment, which means playground equipment is eligible. Grants range from $1,000-$5,000. An elementary school in New York used the grant money last year to help fund its Recess Every Day program. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
KaBOOM! is one of the biggest playground grant funders. This organization has several grant programs so look at them closely to see which one suits your needs best.
- Build it with KaBOOM! – This category provides the facilitation and support of an experienced project manager as community members embark on a 5–12 week planning process. After selection, all partners will join together for a community design day, inviting play experts, like children, to design their dream play space. This will result in a six-hour community day, where the community space will be transformed to include a permanent play structure. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are accepted from municipalities across the country. However, there are priority cities that KaBOOM! is focused on. That said, if your city isn’t on the list you can still apply
- Build it Yourself – These are $15,000 grants toward the purchase of playground equipment. Grantees also have the support of a KaBOOM! grants manager and an onsite certified playground installer. Municipalities, schools, and child-serving non-profit organizations without a playground or with existing equipment that is unsafe for children are eligible for this opportunity. Applicants must spend $24,000-$40,000 on playground equipment. Grants are accepted on a rolling basis.
- Let’s Play Imagination Playground Grant – Imagination Playground is a specialized play structure created by KaBOOM! 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. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with deadlines at the end of each month. Municipalities and child-serving non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.
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