There are many ways to help with costs on your playgrounds that many don’t mention. Fundraisers are great ways to get the community involved as the public like to contribute to local causes especially for youth. Grants are money provided by corporate and private foundations to help keep public parks and school parks fun and updated for the whole family.
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Eco-Cell: cell phone recycling program.
Eco-Phones: cell phone and consumer electronics fundraising including DVDs, laptops, MP3 players and digital cameras.
Empties for Cash: inkjet cartridge recycling program.
Funding Factory: cell phone and inkjet cartridges recycling program.
Kartridges for Kidz: inkjet cartridge recycling program.
Phoneraiser: cell phone and inkjet cartridges recycling program.
National Grants Available:
A great resource for finding fundraising and grant resources for your next playground.
The Foundation Center
Excellence resource tool for grant seekers as well as grant makers.
Environmental Funders and Grants
Environmental Funders and Grants is a database of environmental initiative funding opportunities for various states.
DonorsChoose enables teachers to post resource needs and it allows donors to browse and grant requests.
eSchool News online
This online version of a monthly magazine contains a grants section with regularly updated grant, scholarship,professional development, and other funding opportunities for both educators and students.
This web site’s goal is to “make life a little easier for those who devote their time to searching for education grants and identifying new funding opportunities for their organizations, schools, districts, consortia, and state education agencies.”
Allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all federal grant making agencies, and encompasses over 900 grant programs offered by the twenty six Federal grant-making 23 agencies. It streamlines the process of awarding over $350 billion annually to state and local governments, academia, not-for-profits, and other organizations.
Offers a complete listing of all Thompson Publishing Group publications that focus on grant and funding issues. Subscribers of the group’s publications have access to a special section that provides resources such as grant deadlines, highlights of funding issues, and links to related Web sites.
A collection of resources and tips to help K-12 educators apply for and obtain special grants for a variety of projects. The site offers fundraising ideas, sample proposals, grant writing tips, and scholarship information.
Hasbro Children’s Fund
All funding is focused on programs which help children in need.
U.S. Department of Education (ED)
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is providing nearly $38 billion this year to states and school districts, primarily through formula-based grant programs, to improve elementary and secondary schools and meet the special needs of students.
The Kresge Foundation Grant (KRESGE)
Grants are provided for the construction of facilities, renovation of facilities, purchase of major equipment , and purchase of real estate.
Home Depot Building Healthy Communities Grant Program
Home Depot Grants support community development and improvement projects.
Aetna Foundation Targets Obesity
Aetna Foundation is providing grants to fight Obesity and fund the education of communities through health literacy programs.
Build-a-Bear Workshop Foundation
Build-a-Bear Workshop Foundation focuses on improving communities by helping children, families, and animals.
Lego Children’s Fund
Lego Children’s Fund focus is on childhood development and funds are made available to educational facilities that are in need of early childhood development programs.
Hilton Hotel’s Contribution Request Application
Hilton Charitable giving has a focus on youth programs and k-12 education.
Land and Water Conservation Fund
This grant provide up to 50 percent reimbursement for outdoor recreation projects. Federal money is administered by the state in cooperation with the National Park Service.
Recreation Trails Program
The Recreation Trails Program (RTP) provides funds to the states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The RTP is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education
There is a preference for funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping/clean up type projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit will be favored.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Bay Watershed Education and Training Program (BWET)
NOAA B-WET provides grants in support of locally relevant experiential learning through meaningful watershed educational experiences in the K-12 environment.
L.L. Bean Conservation and Recreation Grants
Based on L.L.Bean’s heritage and ongoing commitment to ensuring quality outdoor experiences for our customers, we’ve chosen conservation and outdoor recreation as the primary focus of our corporate charitable giving program. We look to local, state, regional and national organizations to help our customers enjoy the outdoors in a responsible manner.
Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Education Grants
The Grants Program sponsored by EPA’s Environmental Education Division (EED), Office of Children’s Health Protection and Environmental Education, supports environmental education projects that enhance the public’s awareness, knowledge, and skills to help people make informed decisions that affect environmental quality.
Toyota Tapestry Grants
Toyota Tapestry program will award 50 grants of up to $10,000 each and a minimum of 20 “minigrants” of $2,500 each to K-12 science teachers. Interested teachers should propose innovative science projects that can be implemented in their school or school district over a one-year period.
General Mills Youth Nutrition and Fitness Grants
The General Mills Foundation, in partnership with the American Dietetic Association Foundation and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, developed the Champions for Healthy Kids grant program in 2002. Each year since inception, the General Mills Foundation awards 50 grants of $10,000 each to community-based groups that develop creative ways to help youth adopt a balanced diet and physically active lifestyle.
Reader’s Digest Make It Matter Grant
Reader’s Digest Foundation “Make It Matter” Grants will identify people whose stories of giving back inspire others. RDF will give $100,000 to a deserving charity in their name and the stories may also appear on todayshow.com or rd.com.
National Education Association Student Achievement Grants
The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s).
American Academy of Dermatology’s Shade Structure Grants
To assist organizations in creating sun-safe outdoor areas, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has announced the availability of grants for its Shade Structure Program. The program is open to schools and organizations that serve children and teenagers, ages 18 and younger.
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Can you change the coloring on your designs?
Yes we can change coloring on all of our items as they are all made to order. Please contact us before ordering to confirm your color choices.
Are your manufacturing facilities ISO certified?
Yes, our manufacturing facilities are ISO 9001 certified as we do business all over the world.
I love your designs and was wondering if you do custom designs?
Yes we do custom design work. Besides coming up with amazing designs, some clients need a custom design for a certain theme at their location. Just submit your theme idea, sketch, design sheet, etc to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the size of the area you are going to install this at and we will come up with the rest.
Once we come up with your design, our engineers will render your idea so you can see a visual representation of the design for your approval. After you see the design, then we move forward with a deposit and start production.
How long does it take to receive my order?
All of our items are made to order from the best industrial materials. Average lead time of a 35ft, outdoor playground is about 8-10 weeks on average from when we start to when it is being delivered. Times may vary around holidays and transportation schedules depending on where it will be shipped.
As we go through production, we will send you photos of your item(s) being assembled in our factory which is especially good when fundraising so that you can show all the donators the progress.
Once it is assembled in our factory, we will disassemble your equipment then wrap, pack and notate everything. From here, we will pack your order in either a shipping container or tractor trailer (varies by design and product ship to location).
Can you give me information on your playgrounds and how they are made?
Research and development: We have assembled a lot of talent in the playground industry which helps us strive to use technology and innovations to design colors and designs that will last for many years to come. Our design team has design some amazing equipment which will stand out to children and will make them enjoy playtime, all the time.
Production: With perfect mould design and high-tech equipment, production is always up with current and innovative technology with extremely high quality without breaking the bank for our past and future clients.
Our metal parts are national standard steel pipes which are welded by industry leading robots which can create strong and smooth welds with no rag or welding scars. All metal is coated in anti-electric-static powder that we receive from an industry leading manufacturer. Metal is painted with flow line painting equipment in high temperatures to keep the color bright and looking great for many, many years.
All of our plastic parts on our equipment are anti-UV, anti-aging, anti-static electricity, non-toxic with higher quality compared to other competitors.
Decks are made using automatic punching machines like our stairs which are anti-sliding, water repelling so that every kid can play safely and enjoy their playtime.