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 the 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 a 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

In-Kind Equipment Grants to USA Organizations for Youth Baseball and Softball Programs

In-kind equipment grants to local USA organizations to support youth baseball and softball programming. Applications will be considered from organizations that are starting new programs or expanding existing programs.

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to USA Youth Track and Field and Running Clubs to Enhance Youth Sports Programs

Grants to USA youth track and field and running clubs to enhance programs and experiences for youth in sports programs. Priority will be given to applicants who are located in low-income areas.

Browse more sports and recreation grants.

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.’s 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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Libby Hikind

Libby Hikind, began her grant writing career while working as a teacher in the New York City Department of Education. She wrote many grants for her classroom before raising $11 million for a Brooklyn school district. Throughout her professional career, she established her own grant writing agency in Staten Island with a fax newsletter for her clients of available grants. After retiring from teaching, Libby embraced the new technology and started GrantWatch. She then moved GrantWatch and her grant writing agency to Florida to enjoy her parents later years, and the rest is history. Today more than 250,000 people visit online, monthly.

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