School Grants

School Playground Grants

Updated-  April 10, 2019

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

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Organization: Action for Healthy Kids

Purpose:  Funding can be used to support initiatives such as Recess, Play Space/Gymnasium Refurbishing, Physical Education Equipment, Classroom Physical Activity Breaks, Nutrition Education, School Gardens, Healthy Celebrations and more!

Amount:  $500-$1000

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Organization: Home Depot Foundation


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.

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Organization: Good Sports


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

Amount: Vary

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

Organization: Kellogg Foundation

Program/Grant: Various grants in their focus areas


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.

Organization: Kids in the Game

Purpose: Jump-start more movement at your elementary school with the GO! Grant. $1,000-$5,000 GO! Grants support more minutes on the move before, during, and after school through funds and gear for new classroom and playground programs.


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Amount: $1000-$5000

Organization: Kaboom


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: Non-profitsCheck website


Nonprofits, municipalities, neighborhood associations. Funds to be used for the purchase of playground equipment that will be built using the KaBOOM! community-build model.Contact 202-659-0215

Organization: Lowes


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

Funding Cycle: Bi-Annually.  Sign up for notification list.

Amount: $5,000

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

Organization: PNC Financial


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

Organization: Safeway Foundation

Program/Grant: Albertsons Foundation Grants


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


Purpose:  The U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants on both an annual basis (Program grants) and through a rolling process (Safe Places to Play Grants) to support soccer programs and field-building initiatives nationwide. Grants are provided to support all aspects of the beautiful game — from assisting programs with operational costs to Creating Safe Places to Play. – See more at:

Funding Cycle: Quarterly 2/2/18,  Summer 6/1/18  Fall 10/5/18   Letters of Interest due a week prior.

Speed Stacks


During the September through June school year, Speed Stacks will be awarding one Sports Packs per month to deserving grant applicants (one Sports Pack/organization)

Funding Cycle: Sept – June

Amount: 30 Sets Speed Stack Sports Pack

Eligibility: Non-profit organizations

Contact: A1-877-468-2877 ext. 204

Organization: Staples


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

Organization: America Heart Association & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Purpose: The initiative aims to engage, organize and mobilize people to improve the health of their communities and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.

Funding Cycle: Rolling deadlines

Amount: $20,000- $100,000


Organization: Walmart


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

Organization: American Academy of Dermatology


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.



Organization: Fruit Tree Planting Foundation


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 on-site curriculum.

Funding cycle: Check website

Amount: 20-25 trees

Eligibility: Nonprofits, schools, and government agencies.


Garden Grants/School Nutrition Grants

Organization: USDA Farm to School Grants


Purpose: The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs.

Funding Cycle:

Opens in October  Deadline: December

We will continue to keep you updated on the USDA Farm to School Grant Program through our E-letter and our website.

Amount: Planning awards range from $20,000 – $45,000; implementation and support service awards range from $65,000 – $100,000; training awards range from $15,000 – $50,000. Matching funds of 25% are required for all four grant types.

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Organization: Annie’s Program/Grant:


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.

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Organization: Bonnie’s Plants


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

Organization: Colorado Garden Show, Inc.


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, 303-932-8100

Purpose: Mission Nutrition Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools


Funding Cycle:  Ongoing.

Amount: $2,500.

There is no deadline. Grants will be determined on an ongoing basis depending on available funding.

Organization: Burpee Home Gardens

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

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Organization: No Child Hungry Foundation


Purpose: Providing students access to healthy and nutritious meals is the focus of No Kid Hungry Foundation grants. Currently, the foundation supports projects that increase access to summer meal programs, school breakfast and after-school snacks and meals. Plus, advocacy efforts, including anti-hunger issues and needs and educating families about SNAP and the Women, Infants, and Children programs. Interested schools can submit letters of inquiry year-round.

Funding Cycle: Summer Programming

Amount: Average grants range from $5,000 to $10,000.

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

Organization: America in Bloom


Purpose: See other garden grant opportunities.

Funding cycle: Check website

Organization: Fiskars


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

Funding Cycle: Dec. 31 each year

Amount: $5000

Eligibility: Community Gardens

Organization:Whole Kids Foundation


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 help 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

Amount: Unspecified

Eligibility: Unspecified

Contact info: Sign-up for their newsletter for the latest updates on School Gardens Grants:

Whole Foods Foundation


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

Funding Cycle: Annually- Check website

Amount: $15,000-25,000

Eligibility: Schools


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Organization: National Garden Association (NGA)


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 inter-generational 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

Organization: The Creative Coalition And WE


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

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General Capital Improvements

Organization: Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation

Program/Grant: Lowes Community Grants


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.

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