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School Grants

School Playground Grants

Updated-  March 12, 2018

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

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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 underserved, low-income and minority communities

Amount: $25,000-50,000

Funding Cycle:

2017 application cycle now closed.  Closes April 14.  Notifications May 19, 2017

Sign up for their newsletter for 2018 cycle

Organization: Action for Healthy Kids

Purpose:  Funding can be used to support initiatives such as Recess, Play Space/Gymnasium Refurbishing, Physical Education Equipment, Classroom Physical Activity Breaks, Nutrition Education, School Gardens, Healthy Celebrations and more!

Amount:  $500-$1000

Website :http://www2.actionforhealthykids.org/e/21152/plication-FALL-ALDI-FINAL-docx/4wb9tf/272703592

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: 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

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: 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: 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: Non-profitsCheck website

Amount:$15,000

Nonprofits, 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: 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

ElNonprofitsand 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: New York Life Foundation

Website: www.afterschoolalliance.org/awards

Purpose: Aim High Local Grant Program to support afterschool, summer or expanded learning programs in middle schoolers.

Amount: $15,000-500,000

Funding Cycle: Jan 25, 2019

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: PNC Financial

Website:  https://www.pnc.com/en/about-pnc/corporate-responsibility/philanthropy/pnc-foundation.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: Safeway Foundation

Program/Grant: Albertsons 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: https://www.saucony.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-saucony_us-Library/default/dwdbbce2e4/downloads/Saucony_RunForGood_application.pdfhttps://www.saucony.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-saucony_us-Library/default/dwdbbce2e4/downloads/Saucony_RunForGood_application.pdf

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 the website.

Eligibility: Varies

Website: https://ussoccerfoundation.org/grants/

Purpose:  The U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants on both an annual basis (Program grants) and through a rolling process (Safe Places to Play Grants) to support soccer programs and field-building initiatives nationwide. Grants are provided to support all aspects of the beautiful game — from assisting programs with operational costs to Creating Safe Places to Play. – See more at: http://ussoccerfoundation.org/grants/#sthash.fhviN7Wq.dpuf

Funding Cycle: Quarterly 2/2/18,  Summer 6/1/18  Fall 10/5/18   Letters of Interest due a week prior.

Speed Stacks

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

During the September through June school year, Speed Stacks will be awarding one Sports Packs per month to deserving grant applicants (one Sports 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

Amount: $25,000- $250,000

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

Shade Structures

Organization: American Academy of Dermatology

Website: https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/programs/shade-structure-program/eligibility-application

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:  https://www.aft.org/funding-database/fruit-tree-planting-foundation-fruit-tree-101

Purpose: Brings fruit tree orchards to schoolyards 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: Nonprofits, schools, and government agencies.

Contact info:info@ftpf.org

Garden Grants/School Nutrition Grants

Organization: USDA Farm to School Grants

Website: https://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/fy18-farm-school-grant 

Purpose: The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs.

Funding Cycle:

Opens in October  Deadline: December

We will continue to keep you updated on the USDA Farm to School Grant Program through our E-letter and our website.

Amount: Planning awards range from $20,000 – $45,000; implementation and support service awards range from $65,000 – $100,000; training awards range from $15,000 – $50,000. Matching funds of 25% are required for all four grant types.

Contact Info: farmtoschool@fns.usda.gov 

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

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: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 help 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:

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.

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

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