KaBOOM! and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree. Play is a crucial part of a healthy childhood. Play helps with the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of children. It encourages creativity, gives them the opportunity to practice decision-making and teaches them the interpersonal skills they need to work well in groups. To ensure that more kids have access to engaging places where they can have fun together, KaBoom! offers a variety of grants and other resources to build and enhance community playgrounds.
KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit founded in 1996 that is dedicated to bringing more play into the lives of American children, especially underserved children. To date they have helped build over 16,700 playspaces that serve over 8.5 million youth. Target, NBA Cares, the NFL Foundation, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Department of Veterans Affairs, CarMax, Yokohama Tire Corporation, Mattel, Kraft Foods and Dr. Pepper Snapple are just some of the organizations that have partnered with KaBOOM! over the years.
Grants From KaBOOM!
KaBoom! Let's Play Community Construction Grants Build It Yourself
These $15,000 grants are for the purchase of playground equipment, especially for entities that do not yet have a playground or whose existing one is in need of repair. Recipients will use a self-guided planning process with the help of a remote KaBOOM! grants manager and an onsite certified playground installer. Recipients must spend between $24,000 to $40,000 on playground equipment and use the grantee's community-based model found in the Build a Playground Toolkit. Eligible applicants include local governments, schools/school districts and nonprofits. The two deadlines for 2017 are April 28 and August 4.
Build It With KaBOOM!
In this program, community members embark on a 5-to-12-week planning process, including a Design Day that solicits input from the kids themselves on how to create a playspace that is uniquely their own. Recipients will receive the support of of an experienced project manager. There is a priority list based on geographic location, but those not are the list are still encouraged to apply. Eligible applicants include local governments, schools/school districts and nonprofits. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
More Ways to Promote Play
- Explore their resource page to find toolkits and networks to expand play in your community whether or not you are applying for a grant.
- Search for more private funding opportunities on their NonKaBOOM! Grants page.
- Enter their Let's Play Video Contest by May 5th to win $20,000.
We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing. George Bernard Shaw