Find out more about the latest grant opportunities to help you in funding your playground project. The opportunities below are just some of the exciting grants out there to help fund playgrounds.
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National Grant Opportunities
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.
Environmental Funders and Grants
Environmental Funders and Grants is a database of environmental initiative funding opportunities for various states.
KaBOOM! is a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America's children.
DonorsChoose enables teachers to post resource needs and it allows donors to browse and grant requests.
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.
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."
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 twenty six 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.
Offers a complete listing of all Thompson Publishing Group publications that focus on grant and funding issues. Subscribers of the group's publications have access to a special section that provides resources such as grant deadlines, highlights of funding issues, and links to related Web sites.
A collection of resources and tips to help K-12 educators apply for and obtain special grants for a variety of projects. The site offers fundraising ideas, sample proposals, grant writing tips, and scholarship information.
Hasbro Children’s Fund
All funding is focused on programs which help children in need.
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
In the United States, grants are made in the four areas of: health, food systems and rural development, youth and education, and philanthropy and volunteerism.
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.
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.
Home Depot Building Healthy Communities Grant Program
Home Depot Grants support community development and improvement projects.
PEP Grants - Department of Education
Physical Education Program Grants are being awarded in many states across the country for playground equipment.
Aetna Foundation Targets Obesity
Aetna Foundation is providing grants to fight Obesity and fund the education of communities through health literacy programs.
Build-a-Bear Workshop Foundation
Build-a-Bear Workshop Foundation focuses on improving communities by helping children, families, and animals.
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.
Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation
Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation supports K-12 school improvements including playground renovations/updates.
Hilton Hotel's Contribution Request Application
Hilton Charitable giving has a focus on youth programs and k-12 education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Toyota Tapestry Grants
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.
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.
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 and the stories may also appear on todayshow.com or rd.com.
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).
American Academy of Dermatology’s Shade Structure Grants
To assist organizations in creating sun-safe outdoor areas, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has announced the availability of grants for its Shade Structure Program. The program is open to schools and organizations that serve children and teenagers, ages 18 and younger.
National Funding Sources for Nature Programming
Youth Garden Grants
National Gardening Association awards Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs.
The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant
The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, or other non-profit educational organizations for the purpose of establishing outdoor learning centers within the United States and Canada.
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.
DonorsChoose enables teachers to post resource needs and it allows donors to browse and grant requests.
ING Unsung Heros
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.
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.
The Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation
The mission of the Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation is to support educators in developing environmental curricula that integrate field activities and classroom teaching and that incorporate basic ecological principles and problem solving.
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.
Operation Green Planet Free Seed Grants
America the Beautiful Fund's Operation Green Plant program is offering grants of FREE SEEDS (Vegetable, Flower, or Herb) to encourage citizen efforts to protect and preserve America’s lands and resources. These are 2006 seeds with germination rates of 90% to 95%. Grants of 100 to 2,000 seed packets are being offered on the basis of availability and relative need.
Learning Landscapes is a forward-thinking program within the University of Colorado Denver that connects the design and construction of urban public spaces with healthy initiatives. Since 1998, in partnership with Denver Public Schools, they have transformed 48 neglected public elementary school playgrounds into attractive and safe multi-use parks tailored to the needs and desires of their neighbors and communities.
Outdoor Classroom Council
There are quite a few avenues for the funding of outdoor classroom projects. The majority of grants are small ($500 or less), although a number of regional and national agencies offer substantial grants ($5,000 to $25,000+) to fund entire programs. Other grantors provide materials and supplies, rather than cash grants. In addition to the sources listed, consider approaching local businesses, religious and civic organizations for grants, materials and/or volunteers.
Impact Educator Grant
Through the Impact Educator Grant Program, your school can receive up to $1,000 for promoting healthy lifestyles through innovative educational programs. As a health insurance carrier, Trustmark supports health education programs such as Impact. Impact Educator Grants were created Impact because of the importance of reaching kids at an early age to instill healthy lifestyle habits.
Anne Stamm Avian Education Fund
Anne L. Stamm was an extremely active longtime member of the Kentucky Ornithological Society (hereafter, The Society) who dedicated her life to promoting interest in birds. Ms. Stamm was particularly interested in involving children in bird study. The Anne L. Stamm Avian Education Fund was established in her memory to continue her efforts to educate Kentucky’s youth in regard to its avifauna and to build an interest therein. The following guidelines outline the process for obtaining funds of up to $500 for projects that fulfill the goals of this fund.
The Beveridge Family Foundation (Hampden and Hampshire counties)
The mission of the Beveridge Family Foundation, Inc. is to preserve and enhance the quality of life by embracing and perpetuating Frank Stanley Beveridge’s philanthropic vision, through grant making initiatives in support of programs in youth development, health, education, religion, art and environment primarily in Hampden and Hampshire Counties, Mass.
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (Flint)
The mission of the Flint Area program is to foster a well-functioning, connected community that is capable of meeting the economic, social and racial challenges ahead. Charles Stewart Mott began this Foundation in 1926 in his home community of Flint, Michigan. Our decade’s long partnership with Flint and Genesee County has been the genesis of many of our current national and international program interests.
Environmental Learning in Minnesota GreenPrint Grants
The ELM GreenPrint Grants support projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about natural and human systems and their interactions, and that provide the skills to make informed decisions and take responsible actions. ELM Grant Program does not fund Construction activities including building construction, improvements to existing structures.
Mary Reinhart Stackhouse Foundation
The Mary Reinhart Stackhouse Foundation promotes preservation of the natural environment in the state of New Jersey.
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.
Local governments can apply for up to 75 percent reimbursement grants (state funding) for acquisition, development, or rehabilitation of public park and recreation areas. The agency must have proper control (title or at least a 15-year non-revocable lease) to be eligible for a development or rehabilitation grant. All projects must be completed within one-and-a-half to two years.
Costal Management Assistance
Reimbursement is for up to 50% of matching funds. Projects must preserve, protect and enhance Lake Erie area coastal resources or improve public access to them. Projects may include waterfront revitalization, habitat restoration, and development of certain types of recreational facilities such as boardwalks, trails and observation decks.
Metro Nature in Neighborhoods Capital Grants (Portland)
Neighborhoods and community groups, nonprofit organizations, schools, cities, counties and public park providers are invited to apply. Projects must either purchase land or make improvements to real property that result in a capital asset with a life of at least 20 years and with a total value of at least $50,000.
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality provides a database of environmental initiative funding opportunities.
Flaghouse Free Grant Writing Service