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Raising Funds for a New Playground

Playground Grants and Funding

You don’t have to postpone your new playground or expansion due to lack of funds. PlayQuest can help your school or community raise funds and obtain grants for your playground equipment, while you’re designing and preparing for installation. We have experienced, professional grant writers available to make sure submissions hit all the right information, and that deadlines are met. 

Just give us a call at 1-855-980-8118 or email at info@playquest.ca.

Playground Equipment Grant Applications

Raising funds for a new playground or new playground equipment is hard work. 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. Ask us for help in completing and getting the right information put together for your grant applications and for free grant writing assistance. We have listed below a few of the ones available.

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, so be sure to check with us on opportunities available for schools or in your community.

Aviva Community Fund

https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/

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

http://communityfoundations.ca/

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

https://www.fcc-fac.ca/en/community/giving-back/agrispirit-fund.html

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

http://www.rickhansen.com/Our-Work/Grant-Programs

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

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/enabling-accessibility-fund.html

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

http://crs.coopconnection.ca/communityspaces.html

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

https://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/pages/accessibility-grants

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

https://www.canadapost.ca/web/en/pages/aboutus/communityfoundation/criteria.page%20%20%20

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

https://www.td.com/ca/en/about-td/ready-commitment/funding/fef-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

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/enabling-accessibility-fund-youth-innovation.html

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

https://www.richardson.ca/our-community/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)

http://www.albertarecycling.ca/tire-recycling-program/community-development

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)

https://www.alberta.ca/community-facility-enhancement-program.aspx

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

https://www.alberta.ca/planning-and-building-schools.aspx?utm_source=redirector

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)

https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/funding_grants/neighbourhood-park-development.aspx

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

Edmonton Community Foundation

https://www.ecfoundation.org/grants/community-play-space/

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

https://www.ab.bluecross.ca/aboutus/healthy-communities-grant.php

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

https://www.alberta.ca/community-initiatives-program.aspx

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

http://www.parksfdn.com/building-communities/

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

https://www.gov.mb.ca/mr/index.html

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

https://www.gov.mb.ca/grants/grant-subject.html#community

Access Manitoba government  grants.

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries
http://www.mbll.ca/content/community-support

The Winnipeg Foundation

http://www.wpgfdn.org/Granting/ApplyforaGrant.aspx

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

Tire Stewardship Manitoba (TSM)

http://www.tirestewardshipmb.ca/tire-recycling-manitoba/municipalities

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

https://www.gov.mb.ca/grants/

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

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/gambling-fundraising/gaming-grants/community-gaming-grants

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

BCAA Play Here

https://www.bcaaplayhere.com/

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

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/funding

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

https://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/grants

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

Norther Development Initiative Trust

https://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/funding-programs/community-development/resources-for-community-infrastructure/

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

http://www.cifsask.org/grants

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

http://www.affinitycu.ca/meet-affinity/in-the-community/sponsorships

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

https://www.cameconorth.com/community/funding

CN – Railroaders in the Community

https://www.cn.ca/en/delivering-responsibly/community/cn-railroaders-community/eligibility-and-grants/

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

http://www.saskenergy.com/community/Sponsorships.asp

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

https://sixriversfund.ca/

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

https://www.saskatooncommunityfoundation.ca/

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. 

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