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Playground Grants and Funding

Raising Funds for a New Playground

Playground Grants and Funding

Raising funds for a new playground or new playground equipment is hard work and can take time. With PlayQuest’s help, you won’t have to postpone your new playground or expansion due to lack of funding. PlayQuest works with your school or community to help you raise funds and obtain grants for playground equipment, while designing and preparing for playground installation. 

Review our list below of playground grants available for schools and communities across Canada. 

Playground Equipment Grant Applications

Applying for grants can make your playground fundraising dollars go further and you can reach your funding goal quicker. Many of the school and community park projects we do are eligible for grants. 

We have experienced, professional grant writers available to make sure submissions include the right information, and deadlines are met. We can help you complete your playground grant applications and put together what you need. If you are interested in our free grant writing assistance, give us a call at 1-855-980-8118 or email

We have listed below playground grants to apply for in Canada.

Outdoor Fitness Equipment Grants for Schools or Communities

When it comes to applying for grants for outdoor fitness equipment, PACs, School Boards and Community Groups can potentially apply for both playground as well as health and wellness grants, like the Blue Cross Healthy Community Grant Program.

If you are planning an outdoor fitness area for your community, Corporate Sponsorship can be another great option.

In either case, having outdoor fitness equipment that can be used by both adults and children can help you state your case with potential sponsors or government grant committees. Ask our team about the potential health benefits an Adult Playground can bring to a community.

Outdoor fitness equipment by Burke.
A playground with shade structure included, by Burke.

Playground Shade Structure Grants

Playground safety doesn’t just cover what’s on the ground – having proper shade structure means that both children and adults can be safe in an outdoor environment with protection from damaging UV rays.

As shade structures deal with a specific concern in playgrounds, the applicable grants are equally specific. The Canadian Dermatology Association offers a Shade Structure Grant Program every year, awarding a total of $34,000 across Canada to playgroups, communities, and schools. The goal is to create a safe outdoor environment that protects people from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation.

Playground Grants Available in Canada

We are always updating our list of current and upcoming grants in Canada, and the regions of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Be sure to check with us on opportunities available for schools and communities in your province or nationally.

Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund invests in charitable community initiatives across Canada to strengthen the local community. There are two levels of funding for this grant, less than $50,000 and $50,000-$100,000.

Community Foundations of Canada

Matching grant for up to $15,000 please visit the Community foundations of Canada website for eligibility requirements and to find a Community Foundations of Canada location near you.

FCC AgriSprit Fund

The FCC AgriSpirit Fund is about enhancing rural communities. If your organization is raising money for a capital project and your city or town has less than 150,000 people, it may qualify for a donation between $5,000 and $25,000.

Rick Hansen Foundation

Through the Rick Hansen Foundation provides grants to schools and community groups to help Canadians complete infrastructure improvement projects and awareness building events to help remove physical barriers in schools and communities spaces and create awareness about accessibility all across Canada.

Enabling Accessibility Grant

The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) provides funding to eligible capital projects that increase access for people with disabilities to Canadian communities and workplaces, which in turn creates opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in community activities or access employment opportunities

Co-op Community Spaces

The Co-op Community Spaces Program is helping build and support communities across Western Canada. The program provides $2 million to projects related to community-based recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture projects.

Canadian Jumpstart

Our Accessibility Grants support the capital costs of construction and renovation projects aimed at helping kids of all abilities enjoy sport and play.

Canada Post Community Foundation

Applications from registered charities, school programs or community organizations are invited for funding of projects consistent with the Foundation’s objective to provide support for initiatives that benefit children. Applications from registered charities, school programs or community organizations are invited annually for funding of projects consistent with the Foundation’s objective to provide support for initiatives that benefit children.

TD Environmental Grant

The Foundation supports a wide range of environmental initiatives, with a primary focus on environmental education and green space programs.

Eligible projects include schoolyard greening, park revitalization, community gardens, park programming and citizen science initiatives.

Enabling Accessibility Fund

The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) is looking for dynamic youths who want to demonstrate leadership and their commitment to their communities by volunteering their time to build a more accessible Canada.

Richardson Foundation

Through the Richardson Foundation, Richardson International and its various divisions support many different community initiatives, such as splash parks, playgrounds, sports fields, arenas, community halls and volunteer fire departments.

Playground Grants in Alberta

Alberta Recycling Management Authority – Community Development Funds (TRMA)

Up to $30,000 per applicant is available to Municipalities, Indigenous communities, schools, and registered non-profit organizations to help purchase recycled tire products for community projects such as playgrounds, spray park surfacing, ice rink arenas, walking trails, or pool decks.

Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP)

Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) funding provides financial assistance of up to $125,000 to acquire, build, purchase, repair, renovate, upgrade or expand sports, recreational, cultural or other related public-use community facilities. There is also a large funding stream of up to $1M for bigger more complex project like a large spray park or park development.

New School Grant for Playgrounds

The Alberta government now provides $250,000 for new schools that need a playground. Eligible schools being built on a new site without an existing playground will qualify.

Neighbourhood Park Development Program (NPDP)

The City of Edmonton Neighbourhood Park Development Program (NPDP) provides funding to support improvements to parks at the neighbourhood level.

Edmonton Community Foundation

Community play space grants help individuals and organizations improve their neighbourhoods. These grants can range from $5,000 to $20,000 and act as a small source of assistance to supplement funds from other sources.

Blue Cross Healthy Community Grant Program

Alberta Blue Cross awards four $50,000 grants each year to support community amenities and facilities that promote active living.  Examples of projects that support active living could include construction or replacement of children’s playgrounds, outdoor adult gyms, cycling paths, and recreational facility improvements.

Community Initiatives Program

Community Initiatives Program (CIP) funds initiatives that enhance and enrich communities throughout Alberta by providing grants of $25,000 to $250,000 for qualifying projects.

Calgary Building Community

The Building Communities Grant can be used for the development of new or improved community-led park or playground projects.

There are other grants available and new grant continually come out. Contact us for a current and complete list or to access our free with grant writing service.

Playground Grants in Manitoba

Hometown Manitoba

This grant provides financial support for rural and northern community projects initiated by local communities, organizations, co-operatives and businesses that enhance public places and buildings. The program also is intended to promote unique identities and themes that define a community.

Manitoba Go

Access Manitoba government  grants.

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries

The Winnipeg Foundation

Support for community projects less than $100,000 for registered charities that serve our community.

Tire Stewardship Manitoba (TSM)

The Tire Stewardship Manitoba (TSM) Community Demonstration and Innovations Grant Program provides funding for the use of recycled tire products made from Manitoba tires in projects delivered by local governments, post-secondary and research institutions, community and youth groups, Aboriginal organizations, and First Nation communities. Onetime matching grants up to project levels of $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 are provided to communities and non-profit organizations to use and benefit from a wide range of recycled tire products.

Manitoba Grants Online

Welcome to Manitoba Grants Online, a new one-stop portal for non-profit organizations to access a variety of government grants. Manitoba Grants Online currently features grant offerings from four departments – Municipal Relations, Agriculture, Sustainable Development and Sport, Culture and Heritage. Please visit this site in the future for access to even more grants from other departments as they join the portal.

Playground Grants in British Columbia

Community Gaming Grant

Community Gaming Grants support eligible not-for-profit organizations that deliver community programs that benefit the citizens of British Columbia.

BCAA Play Here

We’re looking for play spaces around the province that are in need of an update. Play spaces can be more than just playgrounds – it could be a community garden, outdoor classroom, basketball court, youth program facility or even a music room – if it’s a place to play, gather and learn, we want to know how it can be improved and how it will impact your community.

At the end of the contest period, the 3 play spaces as voted by British Columbians will each receive revitalizations worth up to $100,000 and the remaining finalists will receive runner-up prizes, made possible by Evo Car Share!

BC Funding Opportunities

Use this tool to find B.C. funding opportunities such as grants, bursaries and loans. Various opportunities are available for individuals, local governments, and community groups.

Civic Info BC

Civic B.C. grants database, you can search by subject area and Grant Provider.

Norther Development Initiative Trust

The following is a list of grant databases which contain information about grant funding opportunities available to municipal governments, non-profit organizations, and First Nations groups. The grant databases are updated continuously, and new grants are generally added as soon as application details are made public.

Playground Grants in Saskatchewan

Community Initiative Fund

The Community Initiatives Fund is a Special Purpose Fund created by the Government of Saskatchewan through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act. CIF receives a portion of the net revenues from casinos Regina and Moose Jaw via the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation and distributes those proceeds to support community-based projects throughout Saskatchewan. More than 10% of the province’s population, primarily children and youth, benefit annually from CIF’s support of these initiatives.

Affinity Credit Union

If financial support’s the only thing between your group and a big impact in your community, an Affinity sponsorship or donation could get things started. The 4 areas where we like to focus our sponsorships are: financial wellbeing, community assets, environmental sustainability, and community economic development. Affinity Credit Union District Council Funding supports local projects and programs that help make our communities vibrant and strong is what district council funding is all about.

Cameco gives priority to initiatives that promote youth activities in the following areas: education, health and wellness and sports and recreation.

CN – Railroaders in the Community

We are proud of the hundreds of CN employees, their families, and retired employees who give generously of their time to local causes through our CN Railroaders in the Community program. CN supports their efforts, by providing grants to the organizations where our CN railroaders volunteer. The grants encourage a spirit of caring, and support our railroaders’ endeavours to make a difference in their communities.


SaskEnergy has a strong commitment to strengthening communities and the environment through our Community Investment program. SaskEnergy is a member of Imagine Canada and adhere to a formal sponsorship policy that prioritizes the environment, education, community causes, and sport or cultural events.

Six Rivers Fund

Community leaders from across northern Saskatchewan, Cameco and Orano have established a legacy trust fund that will provide funding for community projects for decades to come. Six Rivers Fund, an independent non-profit corporation, will support projects and initiatives across the northern administration district (NAD) that focus on youth, education, sports, recreation and health and wellness.

Saskatoon Community Foundation

Saskatoon Community Foundation holds donations in trust…in perpetuity. Only the income earned by the endowment is used to make grants. Every year, the foundation supports a wide range of community projects and initiatives.

Contact us if you are just starting your project. We provide grant writing services, educational presentations, preliminary designs, project budget estimates and site evaluations that will make the planning and fundraising process much easier.

Call us to get our team working for you.