Grants/ Fund Raising

The amount of information and Grants can be overwhelming.  Here are just a few grants and funding programs that are available.  In addition, your local community and non-profit organizations can serve as resources to help provide information on available grants.  Make sure to contact your local government offices, parks department, school board etc. to get more information.

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Miracle’s Grants for America’s Children can give you:

  • The opportunity to access a part of $5,000,000 from Miracle’s Grant fund based on the Grant Team’s assessment of your playground equipment proposal, size of project and amount of grant funding available.
  • Financial assistance towards a portion of the purchase for a Miracle playground.
  • National exposure for your project on Miracle’s website.
  • For more information please call 1-855-767-2946.                  Download the Grant Application

KaBOOM! Challenge Grants   

Miracle is proud to be a preferred vendor for KaBOOM! They offer Challenge Grants to help jump-start Fundraising efforts.  Designed to serve as a challenge to potential donors, these grants inspire civic groups, individuals and other businesses to join in and support local playground projects.  Challenge grants are a fantastic way to empower communities to build play-spaces and help KaBOOM! achieve their vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child.


The AAD Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants of up to $8,000 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. In addition to the grant, the AAD also provides a permanent sign for display near the shade structure.

 Hasbro Children’s Fund     The Hasbro Children’s Fund is the philanthropic grant making arm of Hasbro, Inc. and was established to help children in need triumph over critical life obstacles.

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The Wal-Mart Foundation     The Wal-Mart foundation supports diverse charities and non-profit organizations around the world through their Giving Programs, both at national and state levels.

 The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education   The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the communities we serve through support of public education and community improvement projects.

VOTE FOR YOUR SCHOOL TO WIN A SHARE OF $1 MILLION IN U.S. CELLULAR’S CALLING ALL COMMUNITIES CAMPAIGN         The official rules for the campaign are located at For more information about U.S. Cellular and past Calling All Communities campaigns, visit or

CVS    Through our All Kids Can program, CVS Caremark supports children of all abilities. CVS Caremark All Kids Can truly demonstrates the company’s dedication to giving people the support they need to reach their greatest potential and live longer, healthier, happier lives. We want to make a very real, positive impact so that children of all abilities have the opportunity to learn, play and succeed in life.

Carol M. White Physical Education Program provides grants to LEAs and community-based organizations (CBOs) to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs, including after-school programs, for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting state standards.

Tony Hawk Foundation for Skate Park Grants

The primary mission of the Tony Hawk Foundation is to promote high-quality, public skate parks in low-income areas throughout the United States by providing grants to encourage and facilitate the design, development, construction, and operation of new skateboard parks and facilities. The foundation primarily considers funding for projects designed and built by qualified and experienced skate park contractors and that include local skaters in the design process, are in low-income areas and/or areas with a high population of at-risk youth, can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment, have a creative mix of street obstacles and transition/vert terrain, do not require skaters or their parents to sign waivers, encourage skaters to look after their own safety and the safety of others, are open during daylight hours 365 days a year, do not charge an entrance fee, and are in areas that currently have no skateboarding facilities. If your proposed skate park is not located in a low-income area, if you are not able to illustrate strong community and grass-roots support for the project, and if your project does not meet the criteria listed above, you are unlikely to receive a significant grant from this foundation. Grants range from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $25,000 each. The foundation may also offer technical assistance on design and construction, promotional materials, training materials, and safety information; and facilitate support from vendors, suppliers, and community leaders. The applicant must be a 501(c)(3) public charity or a state or local agency (including public school systems or public projects).    The foundation anticipates approving grant requests twice a year (spring and fall). Applicants may apply for a grant a total of two times. Grant recipients that have received no more than $1,000 may also re-apply once. Visit the Tony Hawk Foundation website for complete program information.        Website:


Safeco Community Grants    

Safeco partners with innovative non-profit organizations to find solutions to strengthen America’s neighborhoods. They annually contribute millions of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours in support of that role. Safeco partners with non- profit organizations that promote neighborliness by bringing people together. They fund programs focused on: improving and creating neighborhood parks and gathering spaces; neighborhood beautification and clean-up projects; service learning projects that create or enhance community assets; and community festivals that attract diverse audiences. Safeco makes grants in neighborhoods across the country, specifically in and around cities where their employees live and work. They are always open to great ideas regardless of where they happen. They encourage grant seekers to email with a general overview prior to developing a fully-realized proposal.     Website:

Walmart Stores, Inc.     WalMart contributed $150 million to support communities and local non-profit organizations. Customers raised an additional $75 million with the help of their stores and clubs. They accomplished this by organizing fundraisers and making grants to organizations that are making a difference in their communities.

The cornerstone of WalMart Good. Works. community involvement effort is their Community Grant programs.

All requests for funding must be directed to the Good. Works. Coordinator at your local WalMart store, SAM’S CLUB, Neighborhood Market or Distribution Center. Proposals mailed directly to the WalMart Foundation will not be considered. For more information about the Walmart Foundation, call them at 1-800-530-9925 or visit their website for further information.

Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation Grants

The foundation was established in May 2001 by Mark Wahlberg, a lifelong member and advocate of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, for the purpose of raising and distributing funds to youth service and enrichment programs. Its mission is to assist youth in order to ensure that no child is limited or prevented from attaining their lifetime goal or dream due to financial circumstances. Nonprofit organizations serving youth in inner city areas are eligible.  For grant information contact: Rose Cortina at Cortina Management (617) 454-1125

The Kroger Foundation   Located in 31 states, Kroger is one of the nation’s largest supermarket operators.  The Kroger Co. Foundation was established in 1987 to support charitable activities ONLY in the communities where Kroger customers and associates live and work.  Only proposals from 501©(3) organizations are considered; does not use a specific grant application. Eligible organizations may submit proposals at any time through the community relations department of their regional operations division office. To determine your division office by state or region, go to the following list:  For more information: The Kroger Foundation Website is below:

The Kresge Foundation      The Kresge Foundation primarily makes challenge grants for building construction or renovation through its Bricks and Mortar Program. Grants are also given for the  purchase of major equipment and real estate. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations in the areas of higher education, health care and long-term care, human services, science and the environment, arts and humanities, and public affairs. Governmental agencies are also eligible. The Foundation will accept proposals throughout the year, but only one per institution in any twelve-month period. Grants range between $150,000-$600,000. Visit their website for further information.          Website:


RGK Foundation Support for Education, Community, Medicine/Health    Deadline: None

Letter of Inquiry required before application.    RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Medicine/Health. The Foundation’s primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading/literacy), after-school tutoring and enrichment, integrating technology into curriculum, teacher development, and higher education. The Foundation is particularly interested in programs that attract female and minority students into the fields of mathematics, science, and technology. Within Community, the Foundation supports a broad range of human services programs, youth development programs, community improvement programs, and cultural arts programs. Human service programs of particular interest to the Foundation include early childhood development, parenting education,domestic violence, and child abuse prevention. The Foundation supports youth development programs that work to build character, leadership and social skills. The Foundation is interested in supporting community improvement projects that enhance non-profit management and promote philanthropy and voluntarism.

Cultural arts programs supported by the Foundation include educational and outreach activities of arts organizations. The Foundation’s current interests in the area of Medicine/Health include programs that promot the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and Foundationinitiated programs focusing on ALS   Website:

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Youth and Education General Grant-making

Deadlines: None      For the Youth and Education team, an overall goal and two strategies provide primary programming guidance.    Goal: Support healthy infant, child, and youth development by mobilizing, strengthening, and aligning systems that affect children’s learning. Strategy 1: Mobilize youth, families, and communities to influence institutions and policies that impact learning and achievement for vulnerable children and youth.

Strategy 2: Forge partnerships between education institutions and communities to promote learning, academic performance, and workforce preparation among vulnerable young people. The Youth and Education Team is interested in receiving concept papers or proposals on projects that address the goal and/or strategies in innovative ways. These projects include creative local models that have strong potential to be applied more widely, including statewide, regionally, or nationally.


The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) is a nonpartisan resource center at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. CHHCS builds on a 20-year commitment to achieve better health outcomes for children and adolescents through school-connected health programs and services. The Center pursues this commitment by linking educators and health professionals to the information essential to building effective school health programs; testing new school-connected strategies to achieve better health outcomes for children, and promoting awareness of successful new directions in school-based programming.This site provides a Grants Alert List for current healthy children grants/funding available for schools. The first date is the posting date. Deadlines are given at the end of each listing.   Website:


Allstate Foundation – Safe Communities, Economic Empowerment & Tolerance Grants

The Allstate Foundation supports national and local programs in the following focus areas: 1) Safe and vital communities; 2) Economic empowerment; and 3) Tolerance, inclusion and diversity. Under safe and vital communities, projects should address catastrophe response, youth anti-violence, neighborhood revitalization or teen safe driving. For the economic empowerment focus area, projects should address financial and economic literacy, insurance education or empowerment for victims of domestic violence. The tolerance,inclusion and diversity projects should address teaching tolerance to youth, ending hate crimes or alleviating discrimination. Eligible applicants include non-profit, tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Award amounts vary      Website:


Bank of America Philanthropic Management

Bank of America established a national website through which non-profit organizations can research and apply for grants from nearly 70 foundations managed by Bank of America. In its role of distributing more than $350 million annually to charities on behalf of the foundations for which it serves as trustee or grant-making agent, Bank of America Philanthropic Management now offers enhanced search and online access to detailed information about an array of foundations.      Website:


The Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, Bank of America’s signature philanthropic program, recognizes non-profit organizations and individuals working to improve their communities. The focus is on areas such as education, community development and/or neighborhood preservation, arts and culture, and health and human services. The Initiative’s Neighborhood Builders category provides grants of $200,000 each to two non-profit organizations working to promote vibrant neighborhoods in each of the Bank’s 45 markets, which includes Philadelphia in Pennsylvania:    Website:


The Local Heroes Awards through Bank of America provides grants of $5,000 each to non- profit organizations selected by each of five recognized individuals in the targeted markets. Guidelines for both categories are available on the Bank of America website. Applications and nominations must be submitted online. On the site below, click on Local Heroes on the left.     Website:


The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Founded in 1948, the primary mission of the Annie E. Casey Foundation is to foster public policies, humanservice reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation makes grants that help states, cities, and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs. They do not fund many unsolicited requests. Visit their website for more information.     Website:


Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Quality of Life grants, conceived by the late Dana Reeve, are awarded to programs or projects that improve the daily lives of people with paralysis, with some emphasis on, but not limited to, paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries. She started the Quality of Life Grants Program to recognize and support organizations that help disabled individuals, their families, and care- givers in ways that more immediately give them increased independence, day-to-day happiness, and improved access. On the site below, first click on ‘Continue to the Homepage’ at the very bottom right of the page , then click on Quality of Life Grants on the left on the homepage.  Website:


AT&T Citizenship and Sustainability

In 2010, they contributed more than $158 million through corporate, employee and AT&T Foundation giving programs. Historically, supporting education has been a major focus for AT&T, and education today continues to be our key philanthropy focus. They are driven to help students succeed – in school, in the workforce and in life.

Website: In Search Window, type in foundation grants.


Goodrich Corporation Foundation

The Goodrich Foundation was formed in 1988 to provide support to charitable organizations serving the needs of the public in Goodrich Corporation’s United States headquarters and plant communities, to selected educational institutions and selected national groups. Website:

Bayer: Science for a Better Life

The Bayer USA Foundation supports programs that enhance the quality of life, provide unique and enriching opportunities that connect diverse groups and ensure preparedness for tomorrow’s leaders — thereby, resulting in sustainable partnerships that continually improve communities in which Bayer employees live and work.   Website:


Saucony Run for Good Foundation

The mission of the foundation is to encourage active and healthy lifestyles for children to combat obesity, and applications that involve running programs will be given priority consideration. The grants are open to nonprofit organizations that initiate and support running and fitness programs for kids which in turn will help them live longer, healthier lives. There are two grant cycles per year, with up to seven awards granted each cycle.

Programs whose participants are 18 years of age or less, have 501(c)(3) status and can demonstrate their program positively impacts the lives of participants through their increased participation in running. Salaries and/or stipends can be included in the budget. Selection of grant recipients will be based on the following:

Utilization of running participation for health and/or well-being in children; Serves youth populations not traditionally exposed to running programs; Demonstrates support and inspiration in creating a program that exemplifies the Saucony Run For Good Program’s mission of inspiring the community of runners. Maximum Grant Reward: $10,000. Deadline: June 13; December 12.  Program Contact: Pat Oakley (800) 365-4933   Website:

 NFL Charities

NFL Charities awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the areas of youth education, recreation, and physical fitness. Both impact grants and partner grants are awarded. Impact grants support education, mentoring, or youth-centered programming with potential for national impact. Grants last up to four years and support program development, piloting, and implementation in school-based or youth-agency settings. Partner grants support nonprofits with established partnerships or previous grantmaking relationships with the NFL.Grants go to groups focusing on youth-centered educational and recreational programming. $500,000 maximum impact grants; $10,000 maximum partner grants. Deadline: June 1      Program Contact: Grants Administrator

Website: Click on Grants at the top of the page.



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