If your school or community is badly in need of a new playground, you may be eligible to receive a playground grant to help replace or repair your aging equipment or to fund your new playground project. Many of these grants are available through the manufacturers and retailers of playground equipment themselves, but these almost always fund the purchase of equipment from their own company’s catalogs. Grants are also available from the non-profit sector with less restrictive uses for grant monies. These are traditionally funded through corporate and community sponsorship of the non-profit’s playground programs.
Kaboom is a national non-profit organization that strives to help locate playground projects within walking distance of America’s children. To date they have helped to build over 2,000 playgrounds affecting 5.5 million kids in the United States. While they are not a direct grant-making foundation, they are sometimes able to offer grants with the help of funding partnerships with companies such as Dr Pepper Snapple, Carmax, Met Life, Jet Blue and Disney. Kaboom maintains a list of available community partnerships and work with those looking to accomplish a local project with community partners in their area when available. Kaboom also offers online training on planning and execution of playground projects. It offers instruction on building your playground and provides a list of reputable manufacturers of playground equipment.
Manufacturer Issued Grants
Most manufacturers of playground equipment offer playground grants for the purchase of their own playground and recreation equipment. These grants can be considered to be discounts for the purchase of new equipment. Each of these manufacturers offer a grant guide or resource program and since they work in the field of building playgrounds they are very familiar with resources available to school and community groups looking to fund playground projects. They will also work with your group to help organize your own fund-raising for your playground project should funding it completely thought grants become impossible.
Burke is a manufacturer of playground equipment in operation since 1920, BCI Burke offers a Grant Resource Center for groups looking to build a playground project. The company maintains a complete and up-to-date database of federal, state and private foundation grants available to schools and non-profits in the United States. Special assistance is available for groups working with after-school, at-risk, community involvement, early childhood, general education, health education, family services and facilities maintenance programs. To contact a Burke representative and start a grant search for your playground project, call 800-266-1250.
Landscape Structures is one of the largest commercial playground equipment manufactures in the world. The company has designed, manufactured and installed over 75,000 playgrounds worldwide. Landscape Structures maintains a Playground Grant Guide with a current list of federal, state and corporate grants to help fund your local playground project. Contact the company toll free at 888-438-6574 to request a grant guide. The company also offers fund-raising programs to help you oversee your own local funding for your project.
Founded in 1927, Miracle is one of the oldest and largest manufacturers of playground and recreation equipment in the United States. Miracle provides its own Grants for America’s Children program, with up to 5 million dollars in grant funding available. You can download a grants application and Grants Program Guide via their website. To speak to one of Miracle’s grant writers, call 855-767-2946.
Playworld Systems is a family business that has been manufacturing playground equipment for over 40 years. The company offers a Grant and Stimulus Resources Guide to groups looking to put together a playground project.