GRANTS & FUNDING
Fit and Fun Playscapes® understands the financial constraints of purchasing equipment to enhance the development of ALL children. We especially recognize the challenges of schools, early education centers, public health departments and parks. In an effort to assist you in funding your purchase, we have collected the following excerpts from and links to some potential resources to obtain money to purchase inclusive PE, recess, sensory and active play products. Please click each link for complete funding resource information. Although Fit and Fun Playscapes® can assist you by connecting you with a grant writing assistant, please note that we do not endorse any of these organization or guarantee any award.
Sensory & Inclusive Needs
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. There are a number of grants and grant services listed on their website.
Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 90 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals. Check out their website to see their grants and grant services.
Jack’s Place for Autism Foundation is dedicated to fulfilling its mission of providing support, education, compassion, and a comprehensive array of services to help families cope with the day-to-day challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ultimately improving the quality of life for individuals and their families impacted by ASD. Scholarships are provided for Michigan residents only.
The Kiwanis Children’s Fund has helped Kiwanians extend their impact — in their own hometowns and around the world. For the Children’s Fund, a grant does more than fill a funding gap. It’s a collaboration. Grant funding helps address an unmet need of children through a project that provides long-term benefits sustained by a club. Clubs interested in applying for a grant should review the program material carefully to learn about the Kiwanis Children’s Fund as a potential funding partner.
U.S. Department of Education and Department of Special Education
U.S. Department of Education and Department of Special Education offer grant opportunities and funding. Information on grant opportunities and funding from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) can be found on their website.
Physical Education & Activity Supports
Healthier Kids For Our Future is a 5-year, $25 million global initiative brought to life by Cigna and the Cigna Foundation. We’re committed to building better communities and a healthier future, one kid at a time. In 2019, we teamed up with schools and community groups to reduce food insecurity—connecting our partners with the resources they need to solve this worldwide challenge. In 2020, we added programming to address the mental health and emotional well-being of children, with emphasis on loneliness, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention.
National After School Association
The mission of the National After School Association is to foster development, provide education, and encourage advocacy for the out-of-school-time community. NAA has State Affiliates across the United States. Our affiliates are statewide organizations aligned with NAA’s mission to inspire, connect and equip afterschool professionals. Affiliates' missions and strategies promote quality after-school programs and professional development in their states.
Fuel Up To Play 60
Fund to improve healthy eating and physical activity opportunities at school. Up to $4,000 per year is available to qualified K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 to jump-start healthy changes.
After School Alliance
The After School Alliance is an amazing resource that outlines funding sources from federal and state agencies and private companies. Use the search tool to zone in on types of grants.
Rural Health Information Hub
The Rural Health Information Hub, formerly the Rural Assistance Center, is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to be a national clearinghouse on rural health issues. The organization is committed to supporting healthcare and population health in rural communities. Specifically, under topics and applying for grants provides an amazing resource that addresses everything RURAL! Look for topics such as physical activity, health, and obesity.
Playground, Recess, & Other
Kaboom! works nationally to achieve equitable and accessible playspaces. They team up with communities to build playspaces that help give every kid the chance to thrive physically, socially and emotionally.
Fuel Up To Play 60
This fund works to improve healthy eating and physical activity opportunities at school. Up to $4,000 per year is available to qualified K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 to jump-start healthy changes.
Our local community grants are awarded through an open application process and provide funding directly from Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities to local organizations in the U.S. Local Community grants range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $5,000.
Although most of the funding opportunities listed are geared toward classroom teachers, the data that you can capture here will be a HUGE help to fund after school programs and community organizations. Foundation Directory Online, the most extensive, up-to-date database of philanthropic giving, can show you where they are—and help you win more funding.
Action for Healthy Kids
Action for Healthy Kids has provided $9.3 million in grants to schools since 2009 to help them accomplish their student wellness goals.
U.S. Department of Education
Searchable database for grants pertaining to federal funding opportunities for organizations and entities supporting the development and management of government programs and projects.
Fit and Fun Playscapes® can connect you with a grant writing assistant to help you complete your grant application.
Need help with finding and preparing grant applications? Grant preparation can be time consuming and difficult to navigate. Fit and Fun Playscapes can assist your funding efforts with our FREE, 30-minute Grant Assistance Service. A grant assistant will help you discuss key concepts by identifying and clarifying opportunities and needs. For an additional fee, Fit and Fun Playscapes can connect you with an experienced grant writer to help you prepare a proposal that can be submitted to your school, writing group, funding source or other agency/foundation.
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