School Grants

School Playground and Garden Grants

Use this listing of  school playground grants to secure funding for your school playground. Planning a school garden? Check out our listing of grants for school gardens. Additional materials for writing your grant are available on our grants page to assist you.

Don’t miss our featured article on “Ten Tips for Getting Your School Grant Funded”. You’ll find the article in the membership area.

 

We would appreciate your assistance.  If you find a dead link or expired grant please email me at : melinda@peacefulplaygrounds.com.  Do you know of a grant?  Let us know so we can add it to this data base.  Thank You!

UPDATED July 21, 2016

Fundraising

Peaceful Playgrounds has partnered with Safe Routes to School National Partnership and ACTIVE SCHOOLS FUNDRAISING.

This will allow schools an avenue to raise money for the Peaceful Playgrounds line of products.  We will be holding an informational webinar about how to capitalize on this opportunity and the assistance that will be provided.  We will also be offering a chance at FREE TRAINING for your staff in either out Bullying Prevention Course or our Playground Supervision Course.  More information will be provided in the webinar about this unique opportunity.

Register:  HERE

When:  Wednesday, September 14th 10:00amPT/1:00pmET

Unable to join the webinar?  Register and a recording will be sent to you approximately 1 week after webinar.


School Playground Grants

Organization: Finish Line Foundation

Website: http://www.finishline.com/store/youthfoundation/guidelines.jsp

Purpose: Provides support youth athletic programs and programs that support an active lifestyle.

Amount: $1,000-5,000

Funding Cycle: Quarterly

Organization: Aetna  Foundation: Regional Grants

Website: http://www.aetna-foundation.org/foundation/apply-for-a-grant/regional-grants/index.html

Purpose:  The Aetna Foundation Regional Grants Program – GoLocal: Cultivating Healthy Communities – funds community wellness initiatives aligned with our Healthy Eating and Active Living focus area in our designated funding locations. Grants will support local initiatives that promote eating fresh fruits and vegetables and being physically active, which can help to prevent obesity and many chronic health conditions. Grants will target under served, low-income and minority communities

Amount: $25,000-50,000

Funding Cycle:

2016 application cycle now closed.  Notifications May 13, 2016

Sign up for their newsletter for 2017 cycle

Organization: New Balance

Purpose:  We know that thousands of schools have experienced the benefits of adding walking and running to the school day. Active kids simply do better – better in the classroom, better attendance, better health and fitness. We want thousands of more schools to experience the same. That’s why we are uniting the efforts of schools across the nation to walk and run one billion miles. Yep, that’s right, billion with a ‘b’.

Amount: Walk/Run Equipment grant $500

Grants must be submitted by Sept 30, 2016  Website : http://www.billionmilerace.org/grants

Organization: CDC

Program/Grant: Database of grants for health and physical activity

Website: http://www.cdc.gov/stltpublichealth/GrantsFunding/

Purpose: Decrease childhood obesity get kids active 60 min a day

Funding: Cycle: Check website

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Varies

Organization: Home Depot Foundation

Website: http://homedepotfoundation.org/page/applying-for-a-grant

Purpose: Grants are available for public schools that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community.

Funding cycle: Check website

Amount: Grants up to $5,000 are given in the form of the Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services

Eligibility: Only proposals submitted through the online application process will be considered for funding. Projects must be completed within 6 months following notification of award, with reporting requirements due 30 days following the completion of the project.

Contact info: hd_foundation@homedepot.com

Organization: Let’s Move

Website: http://fireupyourfeet.org/

Purpose: Grants are available for public schools for getting kids active.

Funding cycle: Check website

Amount: $5000

Contact info: sign in at website to unlock this info

Organization: CVS Caremark

Website: http://info.cvscaremark.com/community/our-impact/community-grants

Purpose: To provide much-needed access to health care for underserved populations; wellness and prevention programs that are aimed at helping people achieve their best health, including programs in public schools;

Funding Cycle: Check website

Amount: $5000

Eligibility: All nonprofit organizations applying for a Community Grant for this type of program ARE REQUIRED to provide their EIN number as part of the eligibility quiz..

Contact Info: Regional Contacts on website

Organization: Finish Line Youth Foundation

Website: http://www.finishline.com/store/youthfoundation/guidelines.jsp

Purpose: Finish Line Youth Foundation Focuses Funding On Organizations That Provide Opportunities For Youth.

Amount: $1,000-5,000

Funding Cycle: Quarterly- Check Website (7-22-2016)

Organization: Good Sports

Website: http://www.goodsports.org/equipment/apply/

Purpose: Provides athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide.

Amount: Vary

Funding Cycle: Annually- Check Website (possibly Dec. 31)

Organization: NFL

Program/Grant: NFL Play 60

Website: http://www.nfl.com/play60

Purpose: NFL Movement for an Active Generation

Funding Cycle: two times a year. Deadlines in November and June

Amount: $4,000

Eligibility: Schools. Applications must contain both Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plans

Organization:

Program/Grant: NFL Play 60

Website: http://www.goodsports.org/equipment/apply/

Purpose: Fund equipment for physical activity

Funding Cycle: two times a year.

Amount: $4,000

Organization: Hasbro

Website: http://www.hasbro.com/corporate/community-relations/gifts-of-hope.cfm

Purpose: Play for children who otherwise would not be able to experience that joy

Funding Cycle: Check website

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Not listed

Contact Info: http://www.hasbro.com/corporate/community-relations/gifts-of-hope.cfm

Organization: Kellogg Foundation

Program/Grant: Various grants in their focus areas

Website: http://www.wkkf.org/grants/for-grantseekers.aspx

Purpose: educated kids, healthy kids, secure families, racial equity, and civic engagement.

Funding Cycle: Rolling

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Your organization or institution, as well as the purpose of the proposed project, must qualify under regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Service.

Organization: Kids in the Game

Purpose: Jump-start more movement at your elementary school with the GO! Grant. $1,000-$5,000 GO! Grants support more minutes on the move before, during, and after school through funds and gear for new classroom and playground programs.

Website: https://www.kidsinthegame.org/go-grant-school-activity-grants/

Funding : Ended for 2016. Sign up for newsletter for 2017 notifications

Amount: $1000-$5000

Organization: LEGO

Website: https://education.lego.com/en-us/grants

Purpose: Early childhood education and development that is directly related to creativity

Funding Cycle: Quarterly

Amount: $500- $5000

Eligibility: qualified tax-exempt organizations (as determined under section 501(c)

Contact Info:

Organization: Kaboom

Website: http://kaboom.org/about_kaboom/programs/grants

Purpose: A $15 million, three-year commitment to build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America.

Funding cycle:Check website

Amount:$15,000

Eligibility: Non-profits, municipalities, neighborhood associations. Funds to be used for the purchase of playground equipment that will be built using the KaBOOM! community-build model.

Contact info:help@kaboom.org 202-659-0215

Organization: Let’s Move

Website: https://myactiveschool.letsmoveschools.org/grants/

Purpose: First Lady, Michelle Obama’s Initiative to get kids moving.

Funding cycle:Check website

Amount: varies ($5000)

Eligibility: Schools

Organization: Playful City USA

Program/Grant: Let’s Play Grant Program

Website:http://kaboom.org/take_action/playful_city_usa/program_details/playful_city_usa_grants

Purpose: Funds to be used for the purchase of playground equipment that will be built using the KaBOOM! Community-build-model.

Funding cycle: Check website

Amount: $20,000

Eligibility: Non-profits and government subdivisions. Must purchase equipment from KaBOOM! preferred vendor and use online tools. This is a challenge grant. See website for further details.

Contact info:mj@kaboom.org; 202-464-6195

Organization: Lowes

Website: http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/

Purpose: To provide the tools that help our educators and parent groups through today’s challenging times efficiently

Funding Cycle:

Amount: $5,000

Eligibility:non-profits (take the online eligibility quiz)

Organization: Miracle Recreation Equipment Company

Website: http://www.miracle-recreation.com/

Purpose: $5 million in Miracle’s Grant Fund Program, which funds the purchase of Miracle playground equipment and installation.

Funding cycle:Check website

Amount: Unspecified

Eligibility: Applicants must coordinate with Miracle representative to complete and submit application.

Contact info:888-458-2752

Organization: PNC Financial

Website: http://www.pncsites.com/pncfoundation/foundation_grantProcess.html

Purpose: Support sustainability projects particularly in the area of early childhood education.

Funding Cycle: Rolling

Amount: “Varies

Eligibility: nonprofit organizations with a special emphasis on those that work to achieve sustainability and touch a diverse population, in particular, those that support early childhood education

Organization: Rite Aid Foundation

Program/Grant: Kid Cents

Website https://kidcents.riteaid.com/#About

Purpose: Kid Cents is a way to do even more to help the kids in the communities we serve.

Funding: Cycle: Check website

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Varies

Organization: Safeway Foundation

Program/Grant: Safeway Foundation Grants

Website: http://www.safewayfoundation.org/get-funded/how-we-fund.html

Purpose: Priorities: hunger relief, education, health and human services and assisting people with disabilities.

Funding: Cycle: Rolling

Amount: 25,000

Deadline: Rolling- Reviews bi-annually

Eligibility: non-profits, schools

Organization: Saucony

Program/Grant: Run for Good

Website: http://www.saucony.com/en/runforgood/

Purpose: Improve lives of children by preventing and reducing childhood obesity and promoting healthy lifestyles for youth.

Funding: Cycle: Check website

Amount: 10,000

Deadline: Dec. 31 possibly check website.

Eligibility: Varies

Organization: Discovery Communications

Website: http://www.togethercounts.com/at-school/win-for-your-school/sweepstakes

Purpose: Promoting healthy habits for preschools or head start programs.

Funding Cycle: 2-28-2014

Amount: $2,500-20,000

Eligibility: Non-profit organizations

Contact: Alli Delano   adelano@healthyweightcommit.org   (800) 323-9084

Speed Stacks

Website: https://www.speedstacks.com/instructors/grant-program/

During the September through June school year, Speed Stacks will be awarding one Sport Packs per month to deserving grant applicants (one Sport Pack/organization)

Funding Cycle: Sept – June

Amount: 30 Sets Speed Stack Sports Pack

Eligibility: Non-profit organizations

Contact: A1-877-468-2877 ext. 204

Organization: Staples

Website: http://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/marketing/about_us/how-we-give.html

Purpose: programs that provide job skills and/or education for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth.

Funding Cycle: three times a year

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Non-profit organizations

Organization: America Heart Association & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Website: http://voicesforhealthykids.org/grant-opportunities/

Purpose: The initiative aims to engage, organize and mobilize people to improve the health of their communities and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.

Funding Cycle: Rolling deadlines

Amount: $20,000- $100,000

Contact: voicesforhealthykids@heart.org.

Organization: Walmart

Website: http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/state-giving

Purpose: Support health and wellness in communities

Funding Cycle: 2 times per year in Jan and June  The State Giving Program application is currently closed.  The application will reopen on August 29, 2016.

Amount: $25,000- $250,000

Eligibility: organizations with a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

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Shade Structures

Organization: American Academy of Dermatology

Website: https://www.aad.org/members/volunteer-and-mentor-opportunities/shade-structure-program

Purpose: Purchase of permanent shade structures designed to provide shade and UV ray protection for outdoor areas.

Funding cycle: Check website

Amount: $8,000

Eligibility: Schools, non-profits. Applicants must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to sun safety and skin cancer awareness by having a sun safety/skin cancer awareness program in place for at least one year prior to application.

Contact info:shadestructure@aad.org

Trees

Organization: Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

Website: http://www.ftpf.org/fruittree101.htm

Purpose: Brings fruit tree orchards to school yards so students can improve the quality of air and water while creating a source of tasty snacks for decades to come. Provides 20-25 trees on school grounds, including materials, installation, and on site curriculum.

Funding cycle:Check website

Amount: 20-25 trees

Eligibility:Non-profits, schools and government agencies.

Contact info:info@ftpf.org

Organization:The Mile High Million

Purpose: Cool Schools tree program provides assistance to public, charter, and

private schools located in the Denver metro area in getting free trees for their schools. Includes Project Learning Tree (PLT) teacher workshops and tree care workshops.

Funding cycle: Check website

Website: http://milehighmillion.org/pages/section/programs/cool-schools-tree-planting-program

Amount:Unspecified number of trees

Eligibility:Schools in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties

Contact info:denvertrees.education@denvergov.org

Garden Grants/School Nutrition Grants

Organization: Annie’s Program/Grant:

Website: http://www.annies.com/grants_for_gardens

Purpose: Goodness grows. When your roots are in the garden, it’s only natural you want to protect the planet and the community that helps you thrive. At Annie’s, we believe in getting involved, giving back, and digging in!

Funding cycle:Check website

Amount:$250 one time

Eligibility: Schools and non-profit organizations located within the United States. Groups must focus on School and Community Gardens or Sustainable Agriculture.

Contact info:http://www.annies.com/school-gardens/grants-for-gardens/

Organization: Bonnie’s Plants

Website: http://bonniecabbageprogram.com/

Purpose: The 3rd Grade Cabbage Program promotes a love of gardening through growing cabbage plants. Kids may win a $1,000 scholarship from Bonnie Plants.

Funding Cycle: Annual ( close in September in 2013)

Amount: $1000

Eligibility: 3rd grade

Organization: Colorado Garden Show, Inc.

Website: http://coloradogardenfoundation.org/colorado-garden-foundation/grants

Purpose: Supports horticulture and horticultural related projects and those groups that are directly related. Education is emphasized. Areas of interest include horticultural-related research, education, therapy and community improvement.

Funding cycle: Check website

Amount: Annual grants program: up to $25,000

Major grants program: $25,000-$150,000

Eligibility:Non-profits and government agencies

Contact info: Jim Fricke, jim@gardeningcolorado.com 303-932-8100

Organization: U.S.D.A.

Website: http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/fy-2014-farm-school-grant-applications

Purpose: All materials from FY 2014 Farm to School Grants, such as the request for applications, can be found here.

Funding Cycle: Annual ( close in April in 2013 for 2014 school year) Check in spring of each year

Amount:

Purpose: Mission Nutrition Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools

Website: http://www.thelunchbox.org/programs/grants/

Funding Cycle:  Ongoing.

Amount: $2,500.

There is no deadline. Grants will be determined on an ongoing basis depending on available funding.

Organization: Burpee Home Gardens

Website: http://www.burpeehomegardens.com/ICanGrow/_iCanGrow.aspx

Purpose:“I Can Grow” is a national campaign from Burpee Home Gardens that supports and encourages the popular interest in home vegetable gardening among younger and novice gardeners.

Funding cycle:Check Website

Amount: $2,500 one time

Eligibility: Schools and youth educators; Community centers or organizations; Youth groups

Contact info:http://www.KidsGardening.org

Website: http://www.burpeehomegardens.com/ICanGrow/_default.aspx

Organization: No Child Hungry Foundation

Website: http://www.nokidhungry.org/solution/community-investments

Purpose: Providing students access to healthy and nutritious meals is the focus of No Kid Hungry Foundation grants. Currently, the foundation supports projects that increase access to summer meal programs, school breakfast and after-school snacks and meals. Plus, advocacy efforts, including anti-hunger issues and needs and educating families about SNAP and the Women, Infants, and Children programs. Interested schools can submit letters of inquiry year-round.

Funding Cycle: Summer Programming

Amount: Average grants range from $5,000 to $10,000.

Eligibility: non-profits and Preference will be given to schools located within a 50 mile radius of a Jamba Juice store

Organization: America the Beautiful Fund

Website: http://www.kidsgardening.org/grants-sponsorship-2/

Purpose: Since 1980 America the Beautiful Fund’s Operation Green Plant program has collected more than $100 Million worth of surplus seeds, bulbs and garden gloves from major American companies.

Funding cycle: Check website

Amount:100 to 6,000 seed packets

Eligibility: Anyone with a school or community garden. See website for further detail.

Contact info: http://www.freeseeds.us

Organization: Fiskars

Website: http://www2.fiskars.com/Community/Project-Orange-Thumb

Purpose: community gardens to help save money, eat healthier and build a sense of togetherness through gardening

Funding Cycle: Dec. 31, 2013

Amount: $5000

Eligibility: Community Gardens

Organization: Colorado Division of Wildlife

Website: http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/TR-OutdoorGrants.aspx

Purpose: Students, with guidance from teachers/schools, develop a project that benefits wildlife and improves the aesthetic of the school.

Funding cycle: Check website

Amount: Grants range from $250 to $1,000

Eligibility: Any Colorado educator trained in projects WILD, Teaching Environmental Science Naturally (TEN), Water Education for Teachers (WET), or Learning Tree (PLT) is eligible to apply for a grant of up to $1,000 for a schoolyard habitat project. Projects must be student-led and student-oriented as part of the qualifying criteria.

Contact info: Division of Wildlife regional education coordinator. See website for more information.

Organization:Whole Kids Foundation

Website: http://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/gardengrants.php

Purpose: School gardens are a vital educational tool. Every seed planted sprouts a new opportunity for kids to cultivate healthy eating habits. Teaching kids to garden helps them learn about complex topics like sustainability and conservation, food systems, and community awareness, not to mention an appreciation for food from seed to plate.

Funding cycle:Check website

Amount:Unspecified

Eligibility:Unspecified

Contact info:Sign-up for their newsletter for the latest updates on School Gardens Grants:

http://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/newsletter.php

Whole Foods Foundation

Website: https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/index.php/health-kids-innovation

Purpose: school/community native plant garden, a forest improvement project, a stream-side restoration plan, a recycling program, or energy conservation project for your students?

Funding Cycle: Annually- Check website

Amount: $15,000-25,000

Eligibility: Schools

Deadlines:  grants@wholekidsfoundation.org

Contact Info: jmcgirt@plt.org

Organization: National Garden Association (NGA)

Website: http://www.kidsgardening.org/grants-sponsorship-2/

Purpose: National Garden Association (NGA) awards Youth Garden Grants to

schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs.

Funding cycle: Check website

 http://wildlife.state.co.us/Education/TeacherResources/SchoolyardHabitatGrants  

Amount: $500 one time

Deadline: March 7, 2014

Eligibility: Schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and inter-generational groups throughout the United States are eligible. Applicants must plan to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18 years.

Bullying Prevention Grants

Organization: The Creative Coalition And WE

Website: https://community.wwe.com/diversity/programs/be-star

Purpose: Is Your Organization Taking A Stand Against Bullying? Would Additional Funding Help Take Your Efforts To Another Level?

Funding Cycle: Annual ( 11-01-2013) Check in fall of each year

Amount: $25,000.00

Questions?  BeaSTARAlliance@wwecorp.com or Bhorvath@thecreativecoalition.org.

Organization: Do Something.Org

Website: http://www.dosomething.org/grants/seed-grants

Purpose: This is the perfect summer project for the student activists in your classroom. Do Something is offering seed grants for community action projects that focus on a variety of issues, from the environment and education to bullying and mental health. The grants can be used to get project ideas off the ground or help expand existing programs.

Funding Cycle: Weekly

Amount: $500.00

General Capital Improvements

Organization: Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation

Program/Grant: Lowes Community Grants

Website: http://www.cybergrants.com/lowes/start_app.html

Purpose: Primary philanthropic areas are community improvement projects and public education, with priority given to K-12 public schools.

Funding cycle: Check website

Amount: $5,000 to $25,000 (may go higher)

http://www.cybergrants.com/lowes/start_app.html

Eligibility:Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation requires that all applicants take an eligibility test. Organizations that pass will be considered, but not guaranteed a grant.

Contact info: http://www.cybergrants.com/lowes/start_app.html