About Playground Grants

The following list was compiled from multiple sources. Though it is not exhaustive, it gives a broad understanding of what is available for playground grants.    The best chance in being awarded a grant is to know what you want before you apply for the grant. In addition to knowing the ages of the users, the number of users at a given time, knowing the playground type and pictures of structure you want is critical in being competitive for an award.  Our Atlantic Coast Playground team can help you develop a playground plan that should position you well with your potential funding agencies.

Be aware of scams.  Some manufactures/dealers may offer “grants”, but, in reality, it is only a perceived discount off a hyper-inflated retail price. It gives the illusion that you are getting something, when, in reality, the savings is not in real dollars. Make sure you compare ‘apples to apples’ when it comes to discounts, sale prices, rebates and grants.

Playground Grants

Rules of the Playground

Rules of the Playground is a great resource for finding fundraising and grant resources for your next playground.

The Foundation Center

Excellence resource tool for grant seekers as well as grant makers.

The Foundation Center

Environmental Funders and Grants

Environmental funders and grants is a database of environmental initiative funding opportunities for various states.

Environmental Funders and Grants

DonorsChoose.org

DonorsChoose enables teachers to post resource needs and it allows donors to browse and grant requests.

DonorsChoose

eSchool News Online

This online version of a monthly magazine contains a grants section with regularly updated grant, scholarship, professional development, and other funding opportunities for both educators and students.

eSchool News

GrantsAlert.com

This web site’s goal is to “make life a little easier for those who devote their time to searching for education grants and identifying new funding opportunities for their organizations, schools, districts, consortia, and state education agencies.”

Grants Alert

Grants.gov

Allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all federal grant making agencies, and encompasses over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making 23 agencies. It streamlines the process of awarding over $350 billion annually to state and local governments, academia, not-for-profits, and other organizations.

US Goverment Grant Info

Hasbro Children’s Fund

All funding is focused on programs which help children in need.

Hasbro Children’s Fund

W. K. Kellogg Foundation

In the United States, grants are made in the four areas: health, food systems and rural development, youth and education, and philanthropy and volunteerism.

W. K. Kellogg Foundation

U.S. Department of Education (ED)

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is providing nearly $38 billion this year to states and school districts, primarily through formula-based grant programs, to improve elementary and secondary schools and meet the special needs of students.

U. S. Department of Education

The Kresge Foundation Grant (KRESGE)

Grants are provided for the construction of facilities, renovation of facilities, purchase of major equipment and purchase of real estate.

The Kresge Foundation Grant

Home Depot Building Healthy Communities Grant Program

Home Depot grants support community development and improvement projects.

Home Depot Grants

PEP Grants – Department of Education

Physical Education Program Grant are being awarded in many states across the country for playground equipment.

PEP Grants

Aetna Foundation Targets Obesity

Aetna Foundation is providing grants to fight obesity and fund the education of communities through health literacy programs.

Aetna Foundation

Build-a-Bear Workshop Foundation

Build-a-Bear Workshop Foundation focuses on improving communities by helping children, families and animals.

Build-a-Bear

Lego Children’s Fund

Lego Children’s Fund focus is on childhood development and funds are made available to educational facilities that are in need of early childhood development programs.

Lego Children’s Fund

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation supports K-12 school improvements including playground renovations/updates.

Lowes Charitable and Educational Foundation

Hilton Hotel’s Contribution Request Application

Hilton Charitable giving has a focus on youth programs and k-12 education.

Hilton Hotel’s Contribution Request Application

Land and Water Conservation Fund

This grant provide up to 50 percent reimbursement for outdoor recreation projects. Federal money is administered by the state in cooperation with the National Park Service.

Land and Water Conservation Fund

Recreation Trails Program

The Recreation Trails Program (RTP) provides funds to the states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The RTP is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.

Recreation Trails Program

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education

There is a preference for funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping/clean up type projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit will be favored.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Bay Watershed Education and Training Program (BWET)

NOAA B-WET provides grants in support of locally relevant experiential learning through meaningful watershed educational experiences in the K-12 environment.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration BWETP

L.L. Bean Conservation and Recreation Grants

Based on L.L.Bean’s heritage and ongoing commitment to ensuring quality outdoor experiences for our customers, we’ve chosen conservation and outdoor recreation as the primary focus of our corporate charitable giving program. We look to local, state, regional and national organizations to help our customers enjoy the outdoors in a responsible manner.

L.L. Bean Conservation and Recreation Grants

Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Education Grants

The Grants Program sponsored by EPA’s Environmental Education Division (EED), Office of Children’s Health Protection and Environmental Education, supports environmental education projects that enhance the public’s awareness, knowledge, and skills to help people make informed decisions that affect environmental quality.

Environmental Protection Agency

Toyota Tapestry Grant

Toyota Tapestry program will award 50 grants of up to $10,000 each and a minimum of 20 “minigrants” of $2,500 each to K-12 science teachers. Interested teachers should propose innovative science projects that can be implemented in their school or school district over a one-year period.

Toyota Tapestry Grant

General Mills Youth Nutrition and Fitness Grants

The General Mills Foundation, in partnership with the American Dietetic Association Foundation and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, developed the Champions for Healthy Kids grant program in 2002. Each year since inception, the General Mills Foundation awards 50 grants of $10,000 each to community-based groups that develop creative ways to help youth adopt a balanced diet and physically active lifestyle.

General Mills Youth Nutrition and Fitness Grants

Reader’s Digest Make It Matter Grant

Reader’s Digest Foundation “Make It Matter” Grants will identify people whose stories of giving back inspire others. RDF will give $100,000 to a deserving charity in their name.

Reader’s Digest Make It Matter Grant

National Education Association Student Achievement Grants

The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s).

National Education Association Student Achievement Grants

American Academy of Dermatology’s Shade Structure Grants

To assist organizations in creating sun-safe outdoor areas, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has grants for its Shade Structure Program. The program is open to schools and organizations that serve children and teenagers, ages 18 and younger.

American Academy of Dermatology’s Shade Structure Grants

American Honda Foundation

The American Honda Foundation makes grants to K–12 schools, colleges, universities, trade schools and others for programs that benefit youth and scientific education.

American Honda Foundation

ING Unsung Heroes

Awards are given to K-12 educators pioneering new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning based on innovative methods, creativity and ability to positively influence students. Each year, 100 finalists are selected to receive a $2,000 award, payable to both the winning teacher and his or her school.

ING Unsung Heroes

Kids in Need Teacher Grants

Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. The Kids In Need Foundation helps to engage students in the learning process by supporting our most creative and important educational resource — our nation’s teachers.

Kids in Need Teacher Grants

Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Awards

The Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award is awarded annually to an outstanding educator who has successfully integrated environmental education into his or her daily education programs. The award is given to an educator who can serve as an inspiration and model for others. A $5,000 cash award is provided for the recipient to continue their work in environmental education.

Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Awards

The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF)

The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants to local governments for parks and recreational projects to serve the public. PARTF is the primary source of funding to build and renovate facilities in the state parks as well as to buy land for new and existing parks.

The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF)