Stimulate Your Budget with a Grant for Playgrounds

Worries over obesity and sedentary lifestyles mean more parents and communities are interested in creating more playgrounds for children to get active. Playgrounds and play spaces are vital for children. More than a third of American children and teens were obese or overweight in 2012, and childhood obesity has more than doubled in children over the past three decades, according to the CDC. The CDC, pediatricians, the surgeon general and other experts all agree that regular physical exercise and a healthy diet can help decrease the number of children struggling with health issues caused by inactivity and obesity.

The added attention also means there are grants for play areas and fitness activities available. If you’re trying to launch this type of project, Playworld has a free and comprehensive guide to playground equipment grants that can help you learn more about funding your project.

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Where to Find Grants for Playground Equipment

When looking for financing for your project, look for grants from a variety of sources to increase your chances of full funding. You can find playground grants for schools, communities, churches and other groups from:

  • The government — Federal, state and local governments offer grants for parks and playgrounds as well as community projects.

  • Corporate businesses — Many businesses offer grants for community projects, including grants for playground equipment for schools and neighborhoods. These corporate companies often want to give back, enjoy tax breaks, and garner good will and publicity. Businesses may donate money specifically for lower-income areas while other contributions are more general. Wells Fargo Corporate Giving Grants, for example, provides millions of dollars every few years for a variety of community projects.

  • Non-profit groups — Many non-profit organizations offer grants for school playgrounds and community fitness projects. For example, KaBOOM! works with corporate sponsors to bring play areas to communities. You can apply for their grants at any time of the year.

  • Foundations — Foundations offer money for general community projects and other specific uses. The Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund, for example, offers up to $25,000 for community projects. The money can be used to create a playground.

When you start looking for grants for school playground equipment, finding the right grant can be a challenge. There are hundreds of grants available, but many may not be marked as playground grants for your specific group.

That’s why we have developed a free grants guide. You can quickly look for grants for church playground equipment, school playground equipment, and other grants for your project. You can find funding from foundations, corporations, non-profits and the government in this guide — and since the grants are broken up by state, they’re even easier to find so you can start applying right away!

Beyond Playground Equipment Grants: Other Sources of Funding

Grants for playgrounds aren’t the only way you can pay for your fitness or playground project. You can also find money through other sources. In fact, it’s important to look beyond grants, since one grant or even multiple grants might not be enough to cover all your costs.

To raise cash, you have a few options:

  • Ask for donations — In many cases, community members are willing to raise money for a kid-focused project such as a safe play space. If you want to raise money for playground equipment for a park, your local community might be willing to donate. You can even set up a crowdsourcing campaign online to attract donations.

  • Start a fundraising event — Holding a raffle, special event, bazaar or other fundraising event raises not just money but also awareness about your new playground. Choosing the right event, getting volunteers and organizing your efforts is a big project on its own, which is why Playworld has some free tips for your fundraising adventures.

  • Get financing for your equipment — The company that is designing, building and installing your playground may offer financing options to make your playground more affordable. You can use financing to get your project started now and then fundraise to cover the costs later. Playworld has a simple application and a fast one-day approval process, so you can finance up to 100% of your playground project.

  • A safe place to play can have an immense impact on the children in your community. Don’t delay your fitness or play space project because of worries about money. Use our online resources or contact us today to learn more about your financing options to create a plan for paying for your new play area!