Healthy Children Play Outside lists over 700 grants for children, in support of their healthy growth and development. Our children's health grants promote initiatives that increase outdoor activity and improve quality of life for our youth. Recent studies reveal shocking statistics that children are getting less exercise playing outside than ever before. This alarming report concerns parents and teachers in communities across the nation, who have good reason for their concern. Nature is vital to the health and happiness of all humans. Recent studies in psychology and physical health reveal that while time outdoors is beneficial at every stage of life, it is most crucial for developing children. Playing outside and being engaged in nature allows kids to absorb Vitamin D, develop social skills and get exercise.

"70% of mothers recall spending time outdoors every day as children, while only 31% of their children do."  –National Geographic 

"The average American boy or girl spends as few as 30 minutes in unstructured outdoor play each day, and more than seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen."  -NWF

Let's take a look at some of our grants for children. Be sure to share these grants with friends, teachers and nonprofits in your area. Help to foster health and wellness for future generations. 

In-Kind Grants to Nonprofits, Schools, and Municipalities to Create Outside Play Areas

Grants to design and build playgrounds and play areas for children. Funding source will facilitate and support organizations in developing and building a playground.  

Deadline:  Ongoing

Grants to Alberta Nonprofits, IHEs, and Native Settlements to Acquire, Build, and Improve Public Facilities

Grants to Alberta nonprofits, libraries, higher education institutions, First Nations, and Metis settlements for the construction, acquisition, upgrade, renovation, or expansion of public community facilities. 

Deadline: 6/15/17

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, Municipalities, and Schools for Youth Baseball or Softball Programs and Capital Support

Grants averaging $40,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and school districts that are involved in youth baseball or softball programs. 

Deadline: 7/1/17

Grants to Canada Nonprofits and Elementary Schools for Physical Activity for Children with Special Needs Ages 4-14

Grants of up to $10,000 to Canada (excluding Quebec) nonprofit organizations and elementary schools for ongoing participation in physical activity programs for children ages 4 to 14 years old. 

Deadline: 8/11/17

Grants to Kelowna, British Columbia Resident Groups to Enhance Local Neighborhoods

Grants of up to $1,500 to Kelowna, British Columbia resident groups to enhance the quality of life in local neighborhoods. 

Deadline: 7/7/17

Grants to Winnipeg, Manitoba Nonprofits and Groups for Family and Parenting Programs in the Downtown Area

Grants of up to $2,500 and grants of up to $5,000 to Winnipeg, Manitoba nonprofit organizations and groups for parenting and family-oriented programs in eligible downtown areas. 

Deadline: 5/26/17

Prize to a USA, Canada, or International Individual for an Innovative Idea to Positively Impact the World

Prize to a USA, Canada, or International individual to support an innovative idea that will catalyze positive global change. 

Deadline: 7/31/17

Grants and In-Kind Support to Quebec Nonprofits and NGOs to Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Youth

Grants and in-kind support to Quebec nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations for community projects that promote physically active lifestyles and healthy diets for children and youth (ages 0-17). 

Deadline: 10/30/17

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies to Plan and Build a Community Playground

Grants of $15,000 to USA nonprofits, schools, and agencies to purchase playground equipment to construct or renovate a playground. 

Deadline: 8/4/17

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The National Wildlife Federation outlines these health benefits that children receive from outdoor playgrounds and play areas:


  • Simply spending time outdoors raises levels of Vitamin D, helping protect children from future bone problems, heart disease, diabetes and other health issues.


  • Statistics show a high correlation rate between time spent in natural settings and reduced ADHD symptoms in children.
  • Schools who have implemented environmental education programs achieve higher average scores on standardized tests in math, reading, writing and listening.

For children to be physically fit, socially adept and strong in mind, they must experience time playing outside. This simple truth presents a challenge for communities in need of outdoor play areas, children's health and fitness programs. children's grants support the building of outdoor playgrounds to increase the amount of time and frequency kids are spending outside. Additionally, our sports and recreation grants support the development of healthy eating and exercise habits for K-12 students.

Are you involved with a nonprofit or school that works to improve the physical and spiritual health of children? Is there a mission in your community to build an outdoor playground or launch a fitness program for the local kids? grants have the power to enrich the lives of children in your neighborhood. Share this post to spread the word. Let's get our kids spending more time outside, developing healthy minds and bodies.

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