Even as the cold weather grips the nation it is time to start planning ahead for spring and summer projects. We have had several requests recently from municipalities and non-profit organizations hoping to fund new playgrounds or to make upgrades to existing playgrounds. Below we will give you three ways to justify funding for a new or upgraded playground. These examples will hopefully help you think outside the box when you start looking for grant funding for playgrounds. If you come up with any additional ideas, please respond.
1) Apply for Grants to Keep Kids Active
There are a lot of funding organizations dedicated to making sure kids have every opportunity to stay active and healthy. Playgrounds give kids a place to play. So organizations that aim to keep children from becoming obese and get active could be a good place to start in your search for grant funding. The Lids Foundation has a grant program for organizations that engage children in activities benefitting their health. Applicants must be non-profit entities. Grants typically range from $1,000-$5,000. Grants are accepted between certain dates every month, with the next deadline being Jan. 25-Feb. 21. See the website for a full list of deadlines.
Insider Tip: To justify funding for a playground through a child activity grant program, make sure you are very specific about the health benefits that your specific playground could have on the children in your community. Notes from a doctor or public health service may be helpful in this justification.
2) Seek Funding for Community Betterment
Places to play are a huge beacon for families looking to move into a community. A new or improved playground could have a huge effect on drawing new families to town as well as improving the quality of life for established families. In the past, Corning Incorporated Foundation has supported community foundations, youth organizations, and more. Their focus is to make sure the funding makes a lasting effect on a community. Applications are online and accepted on an ongoing basis.
Insider Tip: The Corning Incorporated Foundation favors projects that have other financial and volunteer support. So before you apply, try to find other investors and supporters, even locally, to give you a better chance to get the funding.
3) Apply Directly for Playground Grants
We would be remiss to write a blog about playground grants without mentioning KaBOOM!, one of the largest grantors of playground funding. Also, the Let’s Play Community Construction Grants offers grants of $15,000 to municipalities, schools, and non-profit organizations serving children’s needs. These grants can be used to build a new playground or upgrade a current one. Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Insider Tip: This grant money is in high demand so make sure your application takes all of their recommendations and requirements to heart.
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