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Shade Structure Program Grant

Grants to USA Parks, Schools, Day-Cares,
and Nonprofits to Install Outdoor Shade Structures

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Foundation / Corporation

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American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

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Grants of up to $8,000 to USA parks, schools, day-cares, and nonprofit organizations to install permanent shade structures above outdoor areas where children and youth (up to age 18) play and learn. Eligible locations include playgrounds, eating areas, pool decks, ball field dugouts, and other outdoor locations. Funding is intended for organizations that have shown a commitment to sun safety education and skin cancer awareness.

The grant includes the cost of shade structure materials and installation.  In addition to the grant, the AAD also provides a permanent sign to be placed near the shade structure featuring sun-safety tips. 

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. For more information, please see the link to FAQs in the Pre Application Information Field below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163815

Number of Grants:

The number of winners announced each year is dependent on the availability of funding.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each shade structure award is a maximum of $8,000.

Term of Contract:

Shade structure installations must be completed by November 30.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered, applicants must:
-Be a non-profit 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 (available here:, the Good Skin Knowledge curriculum (available in the Supporting Documents field below), 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.
-Be considering a shade structure that meets the stringent shade requirements of the AAD (for shade structure criteria, see the grant guidelines book, available in the Supporting Documents field below).
-Previous AAD Shade Structure Program recipients are not eligible to apply for additional grants.
-Applications for retroactive funds for a shade structure that already has been installed are not accepted.
-Ineligible shade structures are slat-roof structures, slat-roof/trellis gazebos, trellis roofs designed for future plant coverage, shade trees, and small cap-roof structures for pieces of playground equipment.

Pre-Application Information:

The application will be available from October 1 - December 31.
Awards are made in March.
Shade structure installations must be completed by November 30.

-Permits are sometimes required for shade builds and can take up to 30 days to obtain. The AAD does not require to have permits on file, but suggests securing permits as early as possible, if needed, in order to meet the deadline.

-Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation with the online application from an AAD member dermatologist. Locate an AAD member dermatologist by using the Find a Dermatologist tool:

-For reference, $8000 will cover most shade sails of 10’ X10’, however many shade projects require additional resources. Therefore, please make sure you will have the additional funding necessary for your project to be installed by calendar year end.

-For FAQs, click here:

Contact Information:

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

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If you have additional questions, please email

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Phone: (847) 330-0230
Fax: (847) 330-8907

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