Constructing, renovating and maintaining a playground can be an expensive endeavor, but there are a number of organizations across the country that offer grant funding for playgrounds. Since playground grants offer free money to assist in the costs of a playground project. Finding a funding sources may be essential to completing your project.
Government and state agencies provide recreation grants as well as: non-profit groups, foundations and private corporations. These entities recognize the benefits a playground can offer to its community and how they can help to contribute to the health of children and families through recreational activity. The benefits that playgrounds offer are; healthier children (by fight childhood obesity); child physical, emotional and social development; encourage a sense of community, and playgrounds often create safer communities.
Foundations and Corporations offer grants and want to get involved and promote healthy activity for children. Some are interested in supporting these projects in lower income communities, inclusive play projects, special needs playgrounds, fitness equipment areas, and other positive improvements.
While grants are available, it is likely that local financial support of the project will be required. Schools and municipalities fund playground projects and may provide all or a portion of the funding. However, playground planners often need to raise funds for at least a portion of the overall cost.
The grants are usually competitively awarded. It is essential that your grant application be thorough and complete. Grant applicants often under research what is required. We have a full Grant Resource Guide Online to assist you and you may follow the link below to learn more about the process and typical requirements.
Community Build playgrounds (playgrounds built by volunteers under our supervision) also allow you to reduce the overall cost of a project and we can help you learn more about Community Build Playgrounds.