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School playground and garden grants

School Playground and Garden Grants

Use this listing of  school playground grants to secure funding for your school playground. Planning a school garden? Check out our listing of grants for school gardens. Additional materials for writing your grant are available on our grants page to assist you.

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UPDATED FEB. 1, 2014

School Playground Grants

Active Lifestyle Grants Programs

Organization: Finish Line Foundation

Website: http://www.finishline.com/store/youthfoundation/guidelines.jsp

Purpose: Provides support youth athletic programs and programs that support an active lifestyle.

Amount: $1,000-5,000

Funding Cycle: Annually- Check Website (possibly Dec. 31)

CDC Grants for Health and Physical Activity

Organization: CDC

Program/Grant: Database of grants for health and physical activity

Website: http://www.cdc.gov/stltpublichealth/GrantsFunding/

Purpose: Decrease childhood obesity get kids active 60 min a day

Funding: Cycle: Check website

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Varies

Champions for Healthy Kids

Organization: General Mills

Website: http://www.generalmills.com/Responsibility/Community_Engagement/Grants/Champions_for_healthy_kids.aspx

Purpose: nonprofit organizations working to improve nutrition and physical fitness behaviors for youth.

Amount: $5,000

Funding Cycle: Annually- Check Website

Eligibility: Organizations must have a current 501(c)(3) Public Charity status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), be a school or a unit of government.

Contact Info: CHK.Techsupport@genmills.com

Champions for Healthy Kids Academy Nutrition & Dietetics

Organization: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Website: http://www.eatright.org/foundation/championgrants/

Purpose: Promoting healthy lifestyles for kids and families

Amount: $20,000

Funding Cycle: Annually-3-14-2014

Eligibility: nonprofit organizations, health departments, government agencies, schools, Native American Tribes

Contact Info: Katie Brown  800/ 877-1600 ext. 4847  kbrown@eatright.org

Community Impacts Grant Program

Organization: Home Depot Foundation

Website: http://homedepotfoundation.org/page/applying-for-a-grant

Purpose: Grants are available for public schools that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community.

Funding cycle: Check website

Amount: Grants up to $5,000 are given in the form of the Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services

Eligibility: Only proposals submitted through the online application process will be considered for funding. Projects must be completed within 6 months following notification of award, with reporting requirements due 30 days following the completion of the project.

Contact info: hd_foundation@homedepot.com

CVS Community Grants for School Wellness and Prevention Programs

Organization: CVS Caremark

Website: http://info.cvscaremark.com/community/our-impact/community-grants

Purpose: To provide much-needed access to health care for underserved populations; wellness and prevention programs that are aimed at helping people achieve their best health, including programs in public schools;

Funding Cycle: Check website

Amount: $5000

Eligibility: All nonprofit organizations applying for a Community Grant for this type of program ARE REQUIRED to provide their EIN number as part of the eligibility quiz..

Contact Info: Regional Contacts on website

Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina

Organization: Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina

Website: http://www.eatsmartmovemorenc.com/Funding/CommunityGrants.html

Purpose: Get North Carolina Moving

Funding Cycle: Annually Check website

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Counties

Contact Info: Lori.Rhew@EatSmartMoveMoreNC.com.

Find Your Balance Challenge

Organization: Together Counts Foundation

Website: http://www.togethercounts.com/at-school/win-for-your-school/balance-challenge

Purpose: Provides support youth athletic programs and programs that support an active lifestyle.

Amount: $30,000 Grant prize, $10,00 Second Place, and $5000 Third Place

Funding Cycle: Annually- Check Website (possibly January)

Finish Line Youth Grants

Organization: Finish Line Youth Foundation

Website: http://www.finishline.com/store/youthfoundation/guidelines.jsp

Purpose: Finish Line Youth Foundation Focuses Funding On Organizations That Provide Opportunities For Youth.

Amount: $1,000-5,000

Funding Cycle: Annually- Check Website (3-31-2014)

Fitness Program Grants

Organization: Good Sports

Website: http://www.goodsports.org/equipment/apply/

Purpose: Provides athletic equipment, footware, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide.

Amount: Vary

Funding Cycle: Annually- Check Website (possibly Dec. 31)

Fuel Up to Play 60

Organization: NFL

Program/Grant: NFL Play 60

Website: http://www.nfl.com/play60

Purpose: NFL Movement for an Active Generation

Funding Cycle: two times a year. Deadlines in November and June

Amount: $4,000

Eligibility: Schools. Applications must contain both Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plans

Hasbro Local Grant Making

Organization: Hasbro

Website: http://www.hasbro.com/corporate/community-relations/gifts-of-hope.cfm

Purpose: Play for children who otherwise would not be able to experience that joy

Funding Cycle: Check website

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Not listed

Contact Info: http://www.hasbro.com/corporate/community-relations/gifts-of-hope.cfm

Ing Run for Something Better

Organization: Ing

Purpose: With the goal of empowering school age children nationwide with the means to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle

Website: http://www.orangelaces.com/get-school-grant

Funding Cycle: Annually check website

Deadline: May 15, 2014

Amount: $3500

Eligibility: U.S. teachers

Kellogg Foundation Grants

Organization: Kellogg Foundation

Program/Grant: Various grants in their focus areas

Website: http://www.wkkf.org/grants/for-grantseekers.aspx

Purpose: educated kids, healthy kids, secure families, racial equity, and civic engagement.

Funding Cycle: Rolling

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Your organization or institution, as well as the purpose of the proposed project, must qualify under regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Service.

LEGO Children's Fund

Organization: LEGO

Website: http://www.legochildrensfund.org/Guidelines.html

Purpose: Early childhood education and development that is directly related to creativity

Funding Cycle: Quarterly

Amount: $500- $5000

Eligibility: qualified tax-exempt organizations (as determined under section 501(c)

Contact Info:

Let’s Play Community Construction Grants Program

Organization: KaBOOM! and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group

Website: http://kaboom.org/about_kaboom/programs/grants

Purpose: A $15 million, three-year commitment to build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America.

Funding cycle:Check website


Eligibility: Non-profits, municipalities, neighborhood associations. Funds to be used for the purchase of playground equipment that will be built using the KaBOOM! community-build model.

Contact info:help@kaboom.org 202-659-0215

Let's Play Grant

Organization: Playful City USA

Program/Grant: Let’s Play Grant Program


Purpose: Funds to be used for the purchase of playground equipment that will be built using the KaBOOM! Community-build-model.

Funding cycle: Check website

Amount: $20,000

Eligibility: Non-profits and government subdivisions. Must purchase equipment from KaBOOM! preferred vendor and use online tools. This is a challenge grant. See website for further details.

Contact info:mj@kaboom.org; 202-464-6195

Lowes Toolbox for Education

Organization: Lowes

Website: http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/

Purpose: To provide the tools that help our educators and parent groups through today’s challenging times efficiently

Funding Cycle:

Amount: $5,000

Eligibility:non-profits (take the online eligibility quiz)

Miracle’s Grants for America’s School’s Program

Organization: Miracle Recreation Equipment Company

Website: http://www.miracle-recreation.com/

Purpose: $5 million in Miracle’s Grant Fund Program, which funds the purchase of Miracle playground equipment and installation.

Funding cycle:Check website

Amount: Unspecified

Eligibility: Applicants must coordinate with Miracle representative to complete and submit application.

Contact info:888-458-2752

PNC Foundation Grants for Education

Organization: PNC Financial

Website: http://www.pncsites.com/pncfoundation/foundation_grantProcess.html

Purpose: Support sustainability projects particularly in the area of early childhood education.

Funding Cycle: Rolling

Amount: “Varies

Eligibility: nonprofit organizations with a special emphasis on those that work to achieve sustainability and touch a diverse population, in particular, those that support early childhood education

Rite Aid Foundation Grants

Organization: Rite Aid Foundation

Program/Grant: Kid Cents

Website https://kidcents.riteaid.com/#About

Purpose: KidCents is a way to do even more to help the kids in the communities we serve.

Funding: Cycle: Check website

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Varies

Safeway Foundation Grants

Organization: Safeway Foundation

Program/Grant: Safeway Foundation Grants

Website: http://www.safewayfoundation.org/get-funded/how-we-fund.html

Purpose: Priorities: hunger relief, education, health and human services and assisting people with disabilities.

Funding: Cycle: Rolling

Amount: 25,000

Deadline: Rolling- Reviews bi-annually

Eligibility: non-profits, schools

Run for Good Grant

Organization: Saucony

Program/Grant: Run for Good

Website: http://www.sauconyrunforgood.com/how-to-apply/

Purpose: Improve lives of children by preventing and reducing childhood obesity and promoting healthy lifestyles for youth.

Funding: Cycle: Check website

Amount: 10,000

Deadline: Dec. 31 possibly check website.

Eligibility: Varies

Smart for the Start Contest

Organization: Discovery Communications

Website: http://www.togethercounts.com/sfts/application/start

Purpose: Promoting healthy habits for preschools or headstart programs.

Funding Cycle: 2-28-2014

Amount: $2,500-20,000

Eligibility: Non-profit organizations

Contact: Alli Delano   adelano@healthyweightcommit.org   (800) 323-9084

Staples Community Giving Grants

Organization: Staples

Website: http://www.staplesfoundation.org/how-we-give.php

Purpose: programs that provide job skills and/or education for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth.

Funding Cycle: three times a year

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Non-profit organizations

Walmart State and Local Giving

Organization: Walmart

Website: http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/state-giving

Purpose: Support health and wellness in communities

Funding Cycle: 2 times per year in Jan and June

Amount: $25,000- $250,000

Eligibility: organizations with a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

Shade Structures

Shade Structure Grant Program

Organization: American Academy of Dermatology

Website: http://www.aad.org/spot-skin-cancer/what-we-do/shade-structure-grant-program

Purpose: Purchase of permanent shade structures designed to provide shade and UV ray protection for outdoor areas.

Funding cycle: Check website

Amount: $8,000

Eligibility: Schools, non-profits. Applicants must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to sun safety and skin cancer awareness by having a sun safety/skin cancer awareness program in place for at least one year prior to application.

Contact info:shadestructure@aad.org


Fruit Tree 101 Program

Organization: Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

Website: http://www.ftpf.org/fruittree101.htm

Purpose: Brings fruit tree orchards to schoolyards so students can improve the quality of air and water while creating a source of tasty snacks for decades to come. Provides 20-25 trees on school grounds, including materials, installation, and onsite curriculum.

Funding cycle:Check website

Amount: 20-25 trees

Eligibility:Non-profits, schools and government agencies.

Contact info:info@ftpf.org

Mile High Million Cool Schools Tree Program

Organization:The Mile High Million

Purpose: Cool Schools tree program provides assistance to public, charter, and

private schools located in the Denver metro area in getting free trees for their schools. Includes Project Learning Tree (PLT) teacher workshops and tree care workshops.

Funding cycle: Check website

Website: http://milehighmillion.org/pages/section/programs/cool-schools-tree-planting-program

Amount:Unspecified number of trees

Eligibility:Schools in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties

Contact info:denvertrees.education@denvergov.org

Garden Grants

Annie's Grants for Gardens

Organization: Annie’sProgram/Grant:

Website: http://www.annies.com/grants_for_gardens

Purpose: Goodness grows. When your roots are in the garden, it’s only natural you want to protect the planet and the community that helps you thrive. At Annie’s, we believe in getting involved, giving back, and digging in!

Funding cycle:Check website

Amount:$250 one time

Eligibility: Schools and non-profit organizations located within the United States. Groups must focus on School and Community Gardens or Sustainable Agriculture.

Contact info:http://www.annies.com/school-gardens/grants-for-gardens/

Bonnie's 3rd grade Cabbage Program

Organization: Bonnie’s Plants

Website: http://bonniecabbageprogram.com/

Purpose: The 3rd Grade Cabbage Program promotes a love of gardening through growing cabbage plants. Kids may win a $1,000 scholarship from Bonnie Plants.

Funding Cycle: Annual ( close in September in 2013)

Amount: $1000

Eligibility: 3rd grade

Colorado Garden Show Grants

Organization: Colorado Garden Show, Inc.

Website: http://www.gardeningcolorado.com/garden/grants

Purpose: Supports horticulture and horticultural related projects and those groups that are directly related. Education is emphasized. Areas of interest include horticultural-related research, education, therapy and community improvement.

Funding cycle: Check website

Amount: Annual grants program: up to $25,000

Major grants program: $25,000-$150,000

Eligibility:Non-profits and government agencies

Contact info: Jim Fricke, jim@gardeningcolorado.com 303-932-8100

Farm to School Grant

Organization: U.S.D.A.

Website: http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/fy-2014-farm-school-grant-applications

Purpose: All materials from FY 2014 Farm to School Grants, such as the request for applications, can be found here.

Funding Cycle: Annual ( close in April in 2013 for 2014 school year) Check in spring of each year


“I Can Grow” Youth Garden Award

Organization: BurpeeHomeGardens

Website: http://www.burpeehomegardens.com/ICanGrow/_iCanGrow.aspx

Purpose:“I Can Grow” is a national campaign from Burpee Home Gardens that supports and encourages the popular interest in home vegetable gardening among younger and novice gardeners.

Funding cycle:Check Website

Amount: $2,500 one time

Eligibility: Schools and youth educators; Community centers or organizations; Youth groups

Contact info:http://www.KidsGardening.org

Website: http://www.burpeehomegardens.com/ICanGrow/_default.aspx

Jamba Juice “All About the Fruit and Veggies” Garden Grants Program

Organization: National Gardening Association

Website: http://grants.kidsgardening.org/spring-2014-jamba-juice-%E2%80%9Cit%E2%80%99s-all-about-fruit-and-veggies%E2%80%9D-garden-grant

Purpose: Provides youth garden programs with gardening supplies, curriculum, and funding for soil amendments and plants to help create engaging nutrition and gardening experiences.

Funding Cycle: March 10, 2014

Amount: $500-$1500

Eligibility: non-profits and Preference will be given to schools located within a 50 mile radius of a Jamba Juice store

Operation Green Plant

Organization: America the Beautiful Fund

Website: http://www.kidsgardening.org/node/57690

Purpose: Since 1980 America the Beautiful Fund’s Operation Green Plant program has collected more than $100 Million worth of surplus seeds, bulbs and garden gloves from major American companies.

Funding cycle: Check website

Amount:100 to 6,000 seed packets

Eligibility: Anyone with a school or community garden. See website for further detail.

Contact info: http://www.freeseeds.us

Project Orange Thumb

Organization: Fiskars

Website: http://www2.fiskars.com/Community/Project-Orange-Thumb

Purpose: community gardens to help save money, eat healthier and build a sense of togetherness through gardening

Funding Cycle: Dec. 31, 2013

Amount: $5000

Eligibility: Community Gardens

Schoolyard Habitat Grants Program

Organization: Colorado Division of Wildlife

Website: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Education/TeacherResources/SchoolyardHabitatGrants

Purpose: Students, with guidance from teachers/schools, develop a project that benefits wildlife and improves the aesthetic of the school.

Funding cycle: Check website

Amount: Grants range from $250 to $1,000

Eligibility: Any Colorado educator trained in projects WILD, Teaching Environmental Science Naturally (TEN), Water Education for Teachers (WET), or Learning Tree (PLT) is eligible to apply for a grant of up to $1,000 for a schoolyard habitat project. Projects must be student-led and student-oriented as part of the qualifying criteria.

Contact info: Division of Wildlife regional education coordinator. See website for more information.

School Gardens Grants

Organization:Whole Kids Foundation

Website: http://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/gardengrants.php

Purpose: School gardens are a vital educational tool. Every seed planted sprouts a new opportunity for kids to cultivate healthy eating habits. Teaching kids to garden helps them learn about complex topics like sustainability and conservation, food systems, and community awareness, not to mention an appreciation for food from seed to plate.

Funding cycle:Check website



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Traditional Green Works! Grants

Organization: Green Works

Website: http://www.plt.org/apply-for-greenworks-environmental-education-grant

Purpose: school/community native plant garden, a forest improvement project, a streamside restoration plan, a recycling program, or energy conservation project for your students?

Funding Cycle: Annually- Check website

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Schools

Deadlines: September 2014

Contact Info: jmcgirt@plt.org

Youth Garden Grant

Organization: National Garden Association (NGA)

Website: http://www.kidsgardening.com/YGG.asp

Purpose: National Garden Association (NGA) awards Youth Garden Grants to

schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs.

Funding cycle: Check website


Amount: $500 one time

Deadline: March 7, 2014

Eligibility: Schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and intergenerational groups throughout the United States are eligible. Applicants must plan to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18 years.

Bullying Prevention Grants

Be a Star

Organization: The Creative Coalition And WWE

Website: https://community.wwe.com/diversity/programs/be-star-grants

Purpose: Is Your Organization Taking A Stand Against Bullying? Would Additional Funding Help Take Your Efforts To Another Level?

Funding Cycle: Annual ( 11-01-2013) Check in fall of each year

Amount: $25,000.00

Questions?  BeaSTARAlliance@wwecorp.com or Bhorvath@thecreativecoalition.org.

General Capital Improvements

Lowes Community Grants

Organization: Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation

Program/Grant: Lowes Community Grants

Website: http://www.cybergrants.com/lowes/start_app.html

Purpose: Primary philanthropic areas are community improvement projects and public education, with priority given to K-12 public schools.

Funding cycle: Check website

Amount: $5,000 to $25,000 (may go higher)


Eligibility:Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation requires that all applicants take an eligibility test. Organizations that pass will be considered, but not guaranteed a grant.

Contact info: http://www.cybergrants.com/lowes/start_app.html

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