Playground Grants, Various Deadlines

Lake Ann Waterfront Park, by GFA
Lake Ann Waterfront Park, by GFA

2013 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant Program

This grant is open to applicants without a playground, or with existing equipment that is unsafe for children to use. If you already have equipment on site that you intend to keep, whether or not it is age appropriate, your application will be less competitive.

• U.S.-based municipalities
• Registered 501c3 organizations
• Public & Charter Schools
• Non-profit, child-serving organizations

Other Eligibility Requirements
• Applicant must own the land, possess a long-term lease on the land, or have permission to build from land owner
• Playground equipment purchase must fall between $24,000 and $40,000, not including freight, surfacing or side projects.
• Applicant cannot be a past KaBOOM! grant recipient
• Applicant must use the KaBOOM! community-build model throughout the planning and construction process
• Applicant must complete the playground project within 12 months of receiving the grant award
• Applicant must work with a KaBOOM! Preferred Equipment Vendor

Award Max:    $15,000.00


2013 DPS Let’s Play Maintenance Grant Program

1. Submit a completed application by a priority deadline.
2. Demonstrate that your community has led an improvement project in the last six months.
3. Rate or add your play space to the Map of Play.
4. Specific play space has not received a Maintenance Grant or an Engineered Wood Fiber Surfacing Grant in the past.
5. Sign off on the following liability language:

-Grantee agrees to use the $750 check for expenses related to the improvement and maintenance of the playspace.
-Grantee undertakes the project supported by the Grant funds on its own behalf and not on behalf of KaBOOM! or DPS, and the Grant shall in no way be construed as creating the relationship of principal and agent, of partnership or of joint venture as between KaBOOM! or DPS and the Grantee or any other person involved in the project. By accepting the Grant, the Grantee acknowledges that neither KaBOOM! nor DPS nor their respective subsidiaries and affiliates, and their officers, directors, employees or agents shall be liable for any acts, omissions, errors, injuries or damages, whether direct, indirect, incidental or consequential, associated with the use of the Grant funds or the Grant sponsored project.
-Grantee understands that they might be contacted by a representative from the Dr Pepper Snapple Group and, if requested, grantee agrees to collaborate with a representative from the Dr Pepper Snapple Group to plan and host a grant award presentation.
-Grantee acknowledges that all grantees will automatically be signed up to receive information by email from Let’s Play.

Deadline:    08-31-2013
Award Max:    $750.00

The American Academy of Dermatology’s Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces. Each Shade Structure Grant is valued up to $8,000, which includes the cost for a shade structure and installation. In addition to the grant, the Academy also provides a permanent sign near the shade structure. The AAD receives support for this program from its members and outside organizations.

Eligible applicants
The Academy Shade Structure Grant Program is open to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that provide services, programs and curricula to children and teenagers who are 18 and younger. To be considered for grants, applicants must:
•    Be recommended by an Academy member dermatologist. Locate an Academy member dermatologist by using the Find a Dermatologist tool.
•    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.
This awareness program can be re-purposed with materials available from other organizations (such as the American Cancer Society, EPA SunWise Program, CDC Sun Safety for America’s Youth Toolkit, or Cancer Control PLANET) or can be original content developed specifically for your audience.
•    Consider a shade structure that meets the stringent requirements of the Academy. See Apply for a Shade Structure Grant Program Toolkit below for specific criteria on shade structure selection.

Contact us for more information!

Playground Grants, Various Deadlines

Community Forest Grant Program, Deadline May 15

The Community Forest Program (CFP) protects forests that are important for people and the places they call home. Community forests provide many benefits such as places to recreate and enjoy nature; they protect habitat, water quality and other environmental benefits, and they can provide economic benefits through timber resources. Community Forests have also long been sites for environmental and cultural education.

Request For Applications Issued
The Forest Service published a call for applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Program in the Federal Register on February 15, 2012. Applications are due to the State Forester or the appropriate Tribal official by May 15, 2012 and June 14, 2012 for State Forester or equivalent official of the Indian tribe submitting the applications to the Forest Service.

Total CFP funding anticipated for awards is $3.15 million, and individual grant applications may not exceed $400,000.

What is the Community Forest Program?

The Community Forest Program is a grant program that authorizes the Forest Service to provide financial assistance to local governments, Tribal governments, and qualified nonprofit entities to establish community forests that provide continuing and accessible community benefits.

The Community Forest Program was authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill (Section 8003 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-234)), which amends the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978.

Program basics:

  • Full fee title acquisition is required. Conservation easements are not eligible.
  • Community Forests can be owned by local governments, Tribal Governments, and qualified nonprofit entities.
  • The program pays up to 50% of the project costs and requires a 50% non-federal match
  • Public access is required for CFP projects
  • The community is involved in the establishment of the community forest and long-term management decisions.

Applications for local government and nonprofit entities are required to go to the State Forester, while Tribal applications go to the equivalent Tribal Governments official.

Eligible Entities:

  • Local governments- Any municipal government, county government, or other local government with jurisdiction over local land use decisions.
  • Indian Tribes- Federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native Corporations.
  • Qualified nonprofit organizations- Consistent with Section 170(h)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and operates in accordance with one or more of the conservation purposes.

Eligible Land:

  • Private forest lands that are threatened by conversion to nonforest uses, are not lands held in trust by the United States, and can provide defined community benefits and allow public access
  • Forest lands – Lands that are at least five acres in size, suitable to sustain natural vegetation, and at least 75 percent forested. Forests are determined both by the presence of trees and the absence of nonforest uses.

Applicants will notify the Forest Service when submitting an application to the State Forester or equivalent officials of the Indian tribe.
State Foresters and equivalent official of the Indian tribe will forward all applications to the Forest Service, and, as time and resources allow will:

  1. Provide a review of each application to help the Forest Service determine that the applicant is an eligible entity, that the land is eligible, and whether the project contributes to a landscape conservation initiative.
  2. Confirm that the proposed project has not been submitted for funding consideration under the Forest Legacy Program
  3. Describe what technical assistance they may render in support of implementing the proposed community forest project and an estimate of needed financial assistance.

Project Evaluation Criteria

  1. Type and extent of community benefits provided.
  2. Extent and nature of community engagement in the establishment and long-term management.
  3. Amount of cost share leveraged.
  4. Extent to which the community forest contributes to a landscape conservation initiative.
  5. Extent of due diligence completed on the project.
  6. Likelihood that, unprotected, the property would be converted to nonforest uses.
  7. Costs to the Federal government.

Project Requirements

  1. Complete an appraisal following the Federal appraisal standards (aka Yellowbook).
  2. Prior to closing, notify the landowner in writing of the appraised value and that the sale is voluntary.
  3. Ensure that title is not subject to encumbrances that would be contrary to program purposes.
  4. Purchase all surface and subsurface mineral rights, whenever possible or, determine that the likelihood of extraction is so remote as to be negligible.
  5. Record a Notice of Grant Requirement.
  6. Complete the final community forest plan within 120 days.
  7. Provide appropriate public access.
  8. Submit every 5 years a self-certifying statement that the property has not been sold or converted.
  9. Be subject to a spot check conducted to verify that Community Forest has not been sold or converted.
Community Forest Grant Program, Deadline May 15

4-H Grants, Deadline July 1

2011-12 County 4-H Innovative Grant Timeline

May 31, 2011: 2010-11 grant reports due to the State 4-H Office for programs conducted Oct. 1 to Apr. 30.
May 6, 2011:
Grants applications available
July 1, 2011:
Grant applications due
September 30, 2011: Grant recipients announced
September 30, 2011: 2010-11 grant reports due to the State 4-H Office for programs conducted May 1 to Aug. 31.
May 31, 2012:
2011-12 grant reports due to the State 4-H Office for programs conducted Oct. 1 to Apr. 30.
or September 30, 2012: 2011-12 grant reports due to the State 4-H Office for programs conducted May 1 to Aug. 31.

County Innovative Grant Application Packet & Form NOW AVAILABLE!

4-H County Innovative Grants offered for 2011-12:

The Michigan 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees annually approves the distribution of competitive grant funds to encourage development of innovative
4-H program opportunities in local communities. These grants are designed to encourage program planning and participation by 4-H members and volunteers in partnership with county MSU Extension 4‑H program staff members.

We are pleased to be able to offer eight grant opportunities for the 2011-12
4-H program year.

1. Michigan 4-H Legacy Grants

The purpose of the Michigan 4-H Legacy grants is to encourage creativity and support the implementation of great ideas that promote positive youth development in communities. Grants are available for Michigan 4-H volunteers, 4-H youth members and 4-H staff members to develop a new program or initiative or to strengthen, enhance or expand a current program that’s making a difference.  Innovative local projects that build on solid principles of positive youth development and expand 4-H opportunities for young people will be considered. These grants are funded by the Michigan 4-H Legacy Fund endowment. A total of two (2) $1,000 grants are currently available.

2. Dow Chemical County 4-H Youth Conservation Council Grants

The purpose of the Dow Chemical County 4-H Youth Conservation Council Grant is to encourage and support development of county-based youth conservation councils. County youth conservation councils consist of a group of teens, ages 13 to 19, who have an interest in learning about local environmental issues and influencing public policy in their county, city or township governments. Applicants for the Dow Chemical County 4-H Youth Conservation Council mini-grant must be willing to engage youth representing multi-ethnic communities in this leadership opportunity that provides environmental stewardship education and advocacy and also encourages the use of technology as a learning, research and presentation tool. Currently five (5) grants valued at $1,000 in training, curriculum and financial support are available. Each grantee will receive $750 in cash to develop a county-based 4-H youth conservation council and $250 in required training scholarships and handbook for developing a local council. These grants are funded by the Dow Chemical Company Foundation.

3. 4-H On-Target County Grant

The On-Target County Grant is designed to help county 4-H Shooting Sports programs enhance existing programs, develop a new program or offer a special experience related to 4-H Shooting Sports. Thanks to the generous support of Thomas Cobb, former Michigan 4-H Foundation president, counties have an opportunity to apply for funds in this area each year. Two (2) $500 grants are available.

4. NorthStar Cooperative 4-H Dairy Science Grant

The NorthStar Cooperative 4-H Dairy Science grants offer opportunity for 4-H youth and volunteers working in 4-H Dairy Science to strengthen existing county 4-H dairy science programs or use as seed money to develop new innovations in the way 4-H Dairy Science learning takes place for young people. Thanks to the generous support of the members of NorthStar Cooperative, Inc., county or state 4-H groups have opportunity to apply for funds to advance their learning. Two (2) $500 grants are available.

5. OMEDA Youth Tractor Safety Education Grants

Helping families living and working on farms develop youth tractor safety practices is the purpose of the Ohio-Michigan Equipment Dealers Association (OMEDA) grants for county MSU Extension educators. 4-H youth staff members are encouraged to partner with their county MSUE agricultural educators and volunteers to offer learning experiences that promote safe tractor operations. These grants are funded by a gift from the Ohio-Michigan Equipment Dealers Association. Two (2) $250 grant awards are currently available.

6. Ousterhout Regional or District Teen Leadership Training Grant

This grant is offered every other year to provide support for the addition of a teen leadership training focus to any regional or district 4-H volunteer training event. The grant can be used to provide scholarships for teens to attend a relevant regional or district volunteer training event, or to support the addition of a specific teen leadership focus to a regional or district event. This grant is made possible by the Ousterhout Regional Endowment and the Turner-Outsterhout Endowment for Teen Leadership Training. One (1) $500 grant is available.

7. Michigan 4-H Outbound International Travel Grants (New This Year!)

These grants are awarded to 4-H youth who have applied and been accepted to travel as part of a Michigan 4-H sponsored outbound international travel experience such as Labo, IFYE, Poland, Belize or other Michigan 4-H sponsored international travel opportunities. These travel scholarships are provided with support from the Michigan Division, Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association, raised annually through their International Tea; and the Michigan 4-H International Endowment Fund created with gifts from Michigan 4-H IFYE alumni and other donors. Four (4) $500 travel scholarships are available for 2011 travel experiences.

Those receiving scholarships will be required to complete the following as part of their scholarship requirements:

  • Write an article (1-2 pages or more) on one or more concepts learned through the travel program.  Submit at least two good photos with the article (completed by September 15).

  • Develop a display poster on your experience.  This should include photos and information telling about your experience. (Completed by October 1).

  • Give a talk/report to two or more groups in your county.  These may include 4-H groups, service clubs (i.e. Kiwanis, Rotary), grange, school classrooms, etc. (completed by December 1).

  • A scholarship winner must attend and do a presentation at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association International Tea in the first September after their return.

  • Scholarship applications are only made available to 4-H members approved for international travel each 4-H program year.

8. 4-H Educational Garden Grant

The purpose of 4-H Educational Garden Grants is to stimulate the creation of local 4-H educational gardens in Michigan. This program will increase the opportunities for high quality and high visibility 4-H programming in communities, will create a connection for youth and 4-H volunteers to resources from the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden and will encourage creative 4-H volunteer leadership in communities.  These grants are made possible by the Albert A. Albright Endowment for Plant Science and Gardening Education. Currently two (2) $1,000 grants are available. An award could be made in subsequent years to the same project. Other requirements are:

  • Gardens must be in public places but not necessarily on public property. 4-H centers, YMCAs and other community centers, fairgrounds, places of worship, parks and schools are examples of suitable places.

  • The garden must use the 4-H name and must follow appropriate use of the 4-H emblem as stated online at The garden planners/managers will commit to a set of educational programs that involve 4-H members and other children with the garden for a minimum number of years. The curator of the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden and/or designee will visit any funded local 4-H garden at least once in the initiation phase and on future occasions as arranged.

  • Every effort will be made to link the local 4-H educational gardens with the Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens through technology and on-site visits to the MSU campus gardens.

  • For creative ideas, we encourage you to visit the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden at or contact Norman Lownds, Curator of the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden at Michigan State University at or (517) 355-5191, ext. 1-349.

4-H Grants, Deadline July 1

Museum and Nature Center Grants, Deadline Nov 2

The Museums for America program has released its 2010 funding application.

All types of museums, large and small, are eligible for funding. Eligible museums include aquariums, arboretums and botanical gardens, art museums, youth museums, general museums, historic houses and sites, history museums, nature centers, natural history and anthropology museums, planetariums, science and technology centers, specialized museums, and zoological parks. Federally operated and for-profit museums may not apply for IMLS funds.

An eligible applicant must be: either a unit of state or local government or a private not-for-profit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code; located in one of the fifty states of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated states of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau; and a museum that, using a professional staff, (1) is organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational or aesthetic purposes; (2) owns or uses tangible objects, either animate or inanimate; (3) cares for these objects; and (4) exhibits these objects to the general public on a regular basis through facilities which it owns or operates. An organization uses a professional staff if it employs at least one professional staff member, or the fulltime equivalent, whether paid or unpaid primarily engaged in the acquisition, care, or exhibition to the public of objects owned or used by the institution. An organization “exhibits objects to the general public” if such exhibition is a primary purpose of the institution. Further, an organization which exhibits objects to the general public for at least 120 days a year shall be deemed to exhibit objects to the general public on a regular basis. An organization which exhibits objects by appointment may meet the requirement to exhibit objects to the general public on a regular basis, if it can establish, in light of the facts under all the relevant circumstances, that this method of exhibition does not unreasonably restrict the accessibility of the institution’s exhibits to the general public. Please note that an organization which does not have as a primary purpose the exhibition of objects to the general public. but which can demonstrate that it exhibits objects to the general public on a regular basis as a significant, separate, distinct, and continuing portion of its activities, and that it otherwise meets the museum eligibility requirements, may be determined to be eligible as a museum under these guidelines. A museum located within a parent organization that is a state or local government or multipurpose non-profit entity, such as a municipality, university, historical society, foundation, or a cultural center, may apply on its own behalf, if the museum: (1) is able to independently fulfill all the eligibility requirements listed above; (2) functions as a discrete unit within the parent organization; (3) has its own fully segregated and itemized operating budget; and (4) has the authority to make the application on its own. When any of the last three conditions cannot be met, a museum may apply through its parent organization. Prospective applicants that cannot fulfill all of these requirements should contact IMLS to discuss their eligibility before applying. IMLS may require additional supporting documentation from the applicant to determine the museum’s autonomy. Each eligible applicant within a single parent organization should clearly delineate its own programs and operations in the application narrative. A parent organization that controls multiple museums that are not autonomous but which are otherwise eligible may submit only one application per grant program; the application may be submitted by the parent organization on behalf of one or more of the eligible museums.

Grants are awarded in the following categories:
Engaging Communities (Education, Exhibitions, and Interpretation)
Building Institutional Capacity (Management, Policy, and Training)
Collections Stewardship

The application deadline is November 2. Two conference calls are scheduled to answer questions:
Thursday, September 17 at 3:00pm ET
Call-in Number: (800) 603–9527
Conference ID: 27057606

Thursday, October 1 at 3:00pm ET
Call-in Number: (800) 603-9527
Conference ID: 27060256

Museum and Nature Center Grants, Deadline Nov 2