Playground Grants and Funding Opportunities

If you are a community group or non-profit organization with a goal to create a new recreational park or playground facility, fundraising may be an important part of your plan. To inspire better fitness and wellness for children and families, there are many grants and funding opportunities to provide partial aide and to encourage projects from coast-to-coast.

Throughout 2015 we will update our blog with grant opportunities as we become aware of them. American Parks Company is committed to helping our commercial playground customers access financial resources that will make a new playground a reality. The following are a sample of available grants and education opportunities.


EQT Foundation (PA, WV, KY, OH, VA)

Eligibility: Non-profits and community groups.

Funding: Up to $100,000

Deadline: February 1, 2015

Summary: Programs providing direct services to the community are encouraged. The foundation's funding strategy embraces programs that directly touch the community and its residents, rather than fundraising initiatives designed to support general operating expenses. The foundation supports projects that demonstrate positive, significant, measurable and sustainable impacts.

Target areas:

  • Education focuses on providing economically disadvantaged students with access to programs that promote academic proficiency.
  • Community grants promote development of livable communities that can attract residential and commercial growth.
  • Environmental grants aid the preservation of local natural resources and enhance the environment.
  • Arts and culture funding encourages arts initiatives for disadvantaged youth.

Applicants should provide evidence of: collaboration with other community agencies; ability to manage available resources effectively; and capacity to gain solid public recognition and support for themselves.

Info: or EQT Foundation, c/o Bruce Bickel, Executive Director, Two PNC Plaza, 620 Liberty Ave. 30th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2719 or


Metro’s Community Enhancement Grant (Oregon)

Summary: Metro's Community Enhancement Grants are awarded to create changes in the community that also may improve a neighborhood's image. Projects considered are those that will do one or more of the following: provide programs and training opportunities to benefit youth, increase employment and economic opportunities, improve public safety, and create long-term improvements for neighborhood livability. Award amounts vary. Proposals are accepted from non-profit organizations and community groups serving Portland, Forest Grove, and Oregon City.

Deadlines vary by program.



The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (North Carolina)

Summary: The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants to local governments for parks and recreational projects to serve the public. PARTF is the primary source of funding to build and renovate facilities in the state parks as well as to buy land for new and existing parks. Recipients use the grants to acquire land and/or to develop parks and recreational projects that serve the general public.

Deadline:  February 2, 2015


Individuals looking to improve their skill at grant writing and learn more about the submission process for federal and charitable grants can attend a free webinar on June 25th. Save the date and learn how to make your grant application stand out.


DoEd Offers Grant Writing Webinar

Summary: The Application Submission Process webinar, set for June 25, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., EST, is free and sponsored by the DoEd's Institute of Education Sciences. During this webinar, IES staff will provide information regarding the application submission process, including registration, content and formatting requirements and application forms.

Info: (scroll down to the webinar with the title of "Application Submission Process").