Funding Opportunity: Physical Activity Infrastructure

Funding Overview

Provide convenient access to playground equipment for underserved kids in the K-5th grade age group in Colorado and foster community pride and spirit around the community playground.

Grant Deadline: Not accepting applications. This work is in progress.

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Associated Measurable Results: Applicants have been asked to indicate how their work will numerically: 

  • Increase the number of underserved Coloradans who have convenient access to recreational physical activity.

To be considered for funding, applicants demonstrated within the grant application how they meet the following criteria:

  • The Foundation  accepted applications from organizations developing play spaces in high-need areas as determined by one of the following pieces of community demographic data:
    • Income: The Foundation considered grant requests from schools and communities serving a significant number of children from economically disadvantaged households.
    • Access: The Foundation considered grant requests for schools and communities that have no playground within one mile in an urban area and 10 miles in a rural area or a demonstrated need to replace an existing unsafe or outdated playground.
  • The playground must serve youth in the K-5th grade age group.
  • If on school grounds, the playground must be open to the general public during non-school hours.
  • Youth, parents, community residents and teachers (when located at a school) must be included in the planning, implementation and maintenance of the playground.
  • Projects must include a plan to draw neighborhood kids to the playground as a community attraction and destination for kids during their free time.

What we considered for funding: The Foundation considered funding the following:

  • Fixed Infrastructure: Funds could be used to purchase tangible, immovable, age-appropriate, outdoor playground equipment for kids in the K-5th grade age group and necessary associated surfacing.
  • Playground Markings: Funds could be used to support costs associated with painting the playground with colorful, engaging and stimulating game and activity patterns that encourage physical activity.
  • Community-based Planning: Funds were expected to be used to meaningfully engage kids, parents and community members in planning and designing the playground to facilitate ownership and empowerment.
  • Signage: Up to 10 percent of funds could be used to purchase and install clear and identifiable signage and information in and around the playground to draw people into the park and encourage use by community residents.
  • Activation: Up to 15 percent of funds could be used for promotional materials and events, including flyers, newsletters, brochures and a one-time ground breaking ceremony to activate people to use the play area. However, this may not exceed $50,000.
  • Weather Protection: Up to 10 percent of funds could be used to purchase structures for sun, rain and snow protection at the playground, including canopies and trees, to encourage use year-round.

What we did NOT consider for funding: The Foundation did not fund the following:

  • Freestanding Equipment: Funds were not used for freestanding equipment such as balls, bats, nets, jump ropes, parachutes, weights, and other movable, non-stationary equipment that would require storage.
  • Athletic Courts and Fields: Funds were not used to build fields, courts or pools for specific sports such as baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, rugby, soft ball, soccer, tennis, or swimming.
  • Fitness Stations and Trails: Funds were not used to purchase and install fitness stations and trails separate from the purchase and installation of playground equipment for kids in the K-5th grade age group.
  • General Maintenance: Funds were not used for the maintenance of existing resources related to landscaping, surfacing, trash, paint, drainage, hardware, sidewalks or other maintenance in isolation from the purchase and installation of playground equipment.
  • Programming: Funds were not used for programming such as fitness classes, dog-training classes, photography classes, sports camps, festivals, movie nights and other community gatherings.
  • Amenities: Funds were not used to purchase outdoor furniture such as tables, benches, bleachers and grills; build bathrooms; construct parking lots; or provide other amenities that add comfort without significantly increasing physical activity.