12 Grants for Playgrounds – Just in Time for Summer

The summer break has arrived, and it’s great to see kids take a break from technology and have fun in the sun. Since the COVID-19 restrictions have eased, many kids are happy to be outdoors again. For this reason, now is the time to focus on our outdoor spaces and enhance the recreational spaces within our local communities. View the latest grant funding available to help create safe playgrounds for our children.


3 Playground Grants Available Throughout the U.S.:

1. In-kind donations are available to nonprofit organizations, groups, municipalities and schools. Specifically, this funding is to support safe equipment, site enhancement projects and play areas that serve children from low-income communities.

2. Another in-kind grant is also available to municipalities, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and schools in specific locations throughout the U.S. The purpose of this program is to enhance low-income communities that do not have play spaces or need to replace an unsafe or outdated playground.

3. U.S. students under the age of 18 may be eligible to apply for grants of up to $1,000. Moreover, this grant can be used to support a variety of creative projects such as playgrounds and community gardens. Be quick – the deadline is July 1st, 2021!


6 Playground Grants Available to Specific U.S. States:

1. New York nonprofit organizations in eligible counties could be eligible for grants of up to $2,000 for improvements to playgrounds. Playgrounds accessible to individuals with disabilities are given special attention.

2. Incorporated municipalities of Maryland can apply for grants to help improve outdoor recreational facilities. This funding is for the development and revitalization of playgrounds and parks throughout the State, especially in densely populated areas and older neighborhoods.

3. There are currently two grants available to North Dakota nonprofit organizations and government entities – including schools – in specific counties. The first grant is to serve Anamoose to enhance the lives of residents. Meanwhile, the second available grant is to benefit residents of Bowman and Slope counties.

4. Grants to nonprofit organizations in Carthage, Missouri, are currently accepting applications for community programs, including requests for capital support of playgrounds and public parks and outdoor recreation programs.

5. Washington neighborhood organizations can apply for grants of up to $1,000 to host community events in Renton County. While enabling residents to interact and build positive relationships with one another, this funding can be used to enhance a community park or playground.

6. Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, school districts, and local government agencies can apply for grants that benefit Monroe County. Previously funded programs include playground improvements and charitable projects that benefit the community.


3 Playground Grants Available in Canada:

1. Canadian nonprofit organizations may be eligible for grants of $2,500 for programs that improve rural communities. In previous years, grants were awarded for playgrounds, daycares, school projects and community sporting organizations.

2. Nova Scotia nonprofits and community organizations can apply for up to $40,000 in grant funding for capital projects that take place in Colchester County. This funding is for public outdoor recreational facilities such as playgrounds, parks and playing fields.

3. Alberta nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, clubs, and societies within the City of Calgary municipal boundaries, can apply for grants of up to $30,000. Prior to submitting a full proposal, applicants must submit an additional application to support the intended development of a new or improved community-led park or playground project.


Additional Note


These are all the current grants for playgrounds available, and you can discover more community service grants on grant listing databases such as GrantWatch.com. For more information, you can also visit the GrantWatch FAQ page. 

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