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Shade Structure Program

Grants and In-Kind Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, and Parks
to Install Permanent Shade Structures in Outdoor Areas

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American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

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Grants and in-kind grants valued at up to $8,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, public schools, daycares, and city parks to install permanent shade structures in outdoor areas frequented by children and youth. Structures should be installed in locations that currently do not provide protection from the sun, including playgrounds, pools, or recreation spaces.

Each grant includes the cost of a shade structure and installation. The AAD also provides a
permanent sign to be installed near the shade structure and features sun-safety tips.

To be considered, applicants must:
-Submit a letter of recommendation with your online application from an AAD member dermatologist. Locate an AAD member dermatologist by using the Find a Dermatologist tool.
-Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to sun safety within your organization. A sun safety/skin cancer awareness program must be in place for at least one year prior to application. (Bonus points awarded for using AAD materials, examples below.)
-Consider a shade structure that meets the stringent requirements of the AAD. See Shade Structure Grant Program guideline book for specific criteria on shade structure selection.

Shade Structure Criteria
A shade structure is defined by the AAD as being a permanent structure with a roof made of protective materials, such as textile, fabric, metal or wood, and supported by permanent columns or posts. Grant recipients are able to select the size and type of the structure that best fits their outdoor location and meets the AAD’s shade structure criteria.

The manufacturer or contractor must design and install a shade structure that meets the following criteria:
-The shade structure must be a permanent structure with a roof constructed of shade cloth, metal or wood and provide significant protection from ultraviolet radiation (UVR).

Cloth/Textile roof structures:
-Shade cloth or roof structures must include documentation about the percentage of UVR that will be blocked by the fabric.
-The AAD recommends fabric that provides a UVR of no less than 94%, but preferably up to 96.7%.
-If the percentage of UVR blocked does not meet the minimum requirement for the fabric style and color you have selected, you will be asked to choose a shade structure roof material which blocks a percentage of UVR of 94% or higher.

Hard-top roof structures:
-Hard-top roof structures, either wood or metal, will block 100% of direct UVR and do not require documentation about the UVR blockage.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163815

Number of Grants:

The number of shade winners depends on the availability of funding each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are valued at up to $8,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered, applicants must:
-Be a nonprofit organization, school, daycare, or city park.
-Provide services for children ages 18 and younger.
-Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to sun-safety/skin cancer awareness by teaching sun-safety in the classrooms, practicing healthy sun habits while outside and making a commitment to educating the youth on the dangers of UV rays and skin cancer prevention.
-This awareness program can utilize the AAD’s Good Skin Knowledge Lesson Plans, materials developed from other organizations, or original content developed specifically for your target audience.
-Sun-safety/skin cancer awareness program must be in place for at least one year prior to grant application.
-Obtain a letter of recommendation from an AAD member dermatologist. (Locate an AAD member dermatologist by using the Find a Dermatologist link on the AAD’s website,
-Be considering a shade structure that meets the stringent shade requirements of the AAD.

Examples of ineligible shade structures include: slat-roof structures, slat-roof/trellis gazebos, trellis roofs designed for future plant coverage, shade trees, small cap-roof structures for pieces of playground equipment.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2019 application will be available from October 1 - December 31, 2018.

Applicants must submit their application online when applying for a shade structure grant. Mailed submissions will not be considered.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online:

American Academy of Dermatology
Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
Phone: (847) 330-0230
Fax: (847) 330-8907

If you have additional questions, please email

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