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Built to Play - Play Everywhere Challenge

Grants to New York and Michigan Nonprofits and Agencies
in Eligible Areas to Create Unique Play Spaces for Children

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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KaBOOM! and Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

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Deadline Date:

05/10/19 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $80,000 to Southeast Michigan and Western New York agencies and organizations to create unique play spaces for kids, with a focus on low-income communities. Ideas and description of the project must be submitted prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to increase opportunities for kid-driven free play, built to the customized needs of each selected community.

The Play Everywhere Challenge is a community-focused design competition to develop new ideas for bringing play to unexpected but everyday spaces, making play easy and available for kids and families.

Each Application will be evaluated based on the following criteria ("Criteria"):
- Encourages kids and families to engage in play that will activate their minds and/or bodies
- Displays community partnerships and relationship building
- Is in a public space (ex: street/sidewalk, or storefront, etc.) and highly accessible to low income families, or in a play desert
- Benefits low income kids and families;
- Addresses a challenge or need in the community that is not directly related to play
- Project is located in a space that impacts a high number of users
- Proposes a change in the built environment;
- Project can be a temporary movable/pop-up playspace or a semi-permanent to permanent change to the built environment, but cannot be an event or program.

All KaBOOM! playgrounds and surfacing meet or exceed the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines. KaBOOM! believes in the importance of inclusive play and strives to design its playgrounds to provide access to children of all abilities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183325

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $10,000 to $80,000.

Term of Contract:

Winners will implement their projects within one year from the date that they are selected.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a grant, the project must be within the following regions:

Southeast Michigan counties: Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne

Western New York counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Monroe and Wyoming

Applicants may apply from all sectors, including municipal (county, city, town, school) organizations, government entities, community groups, non‑profit organizations, local business groups and faith organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

January 14 - Idea Form opens
February 15 - Early bird deadline for Idea Form
March 22 - Final deadline for Idea Form
May 10 - Final application deadline for top candidates
July 15, 2019 - June 30, 2020 - Implementation

Interested applicants can submit a simple Idea Form sharing their idea to get kids and families playing everywhere. Early bird applicants will receive additional support and feedback from KaBOOM! in developing their Play Everywhere concepts.

After the deadline, the pool of Idea Form applicants will be narrowed down to a pool of top candidates. Top candidates will submit a full application for their projects and will receive technical assistance from KaBOOM! to refine their proposals.

The Grant Recipients will be chosen and will receive the grant proceeds within 15 days after KaBOOM! receives a fully executed copy of the Agreement signed by an authorized person of the board/staff of the Award Recipient (and if applicable the Fiscal Sponsor) in order to implement their project.

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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.

Apply online:

KaBOOM! Headquarters
4301 Connecticut Ave. NW
Suite ML-1
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 659-0215

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties;   New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, and Wyoming Counties