Monday, June 25, 2012

A National Partner of KaBOOM!, Dr Pepper Snapple Group has made a $15 million, three-year commitment to the organization as part of the company’s Let’s Play initiative


a03build.jpgOne of the biggest challenges facing any community-build playground project is fundraising. That is why KaBOOM! offers communities occasional grant opportunities to begin or complete playspace projects.
KaBOOM! is not a direct grant-making foundation, nor do we act as a fundraising agent, seeking contributions for specific projects. Occasionally, however, we are able to administer challenge grant programs thanks to our dedicated and generous Funding Partners.
A National Partner of KaBOOM!, Dr Pepper Snapple Group has made a $15 million, three-year commitment to the organization as part of the company’s Let’s Play initiative. Let’s Play is a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group designed to get kids active nationwide. Together through Let’s Play, DPS and KaBOOM! will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America.  For more information about Let’s Play, visit

Let's Play Community Construction Grants

Dr Pepper Snapple & KaBOOM! are excited to offer $15,000 grants to qualifying U.S.-based organizations to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment that will be built using the KaBOOM! community-build model. Grantees will plan their project, share best practices and challenges through Our Dream Playground.
Application Deadline: July 20, 2012

Benefits of Let's Play Community KaBOOM! Construction Grantees

  • $15,000 grant award applied towards your equipment purchase from a KaBOOM! Preferred Vendor
  • Access to valuable planning tools on Our Dream Playground
  • Opportunity to receive one-on-one planning support from KaBOOM! Alumni
  • Post-Build access to the KaBOOM! Alumni Network, where grantees have access to exclusive grants to maintain and expand on their playspace, as well as opportunities to learn more about the state of Play in the U.S.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

This grant is open to U.S.-based municipalities, neighborhood associations, schools, day care centers, and non-profit organizations without a playground or with existing equipment that is unsafe for children to use.
Other eligibility requirements:
  • Applicant must own the land or possess a long-term lease and must obtain permission from the land owner to construct a playground
  • Scope of the playground project must include a total playground equipment purchase between $24,000 and $40,000
  • Applicant must demonstrate his/her ability to maintain the playground and fulfill commitments of the grant program, and keep the project page on Our Dream Playground up to date
  • Playground project cannot be supported through any other KaBOOM! funding
  • Applicant must be willing to use the KaBOOM! community-build model throughout the planning and installation process
  • Applicant must complete the playground project within one year of receiving the grant award
  • Applicant must be willing to work with a KaBOOM! Preferred Equipment Vendor
Selection criteria:
Only applicants who have submitted complete applications and demonstrate they meet the eligibility requirements will be considered. Key criteria used in the competitive selection process include:
  • Demonstrated need for a playground in the community
  • Anticipated impact that the playground and project will have on the community
  • Impact on low income areas
  • Capacity to engage the community in planning and building the playground
  • Capacity to generate the matching funds to support and complete the build within the time frame of the grant period
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for this project and commitment to fulfill requirements

How to Apply

  1. Applicant must register their project on Our Dream Playground
  2. The Applicant’s Project must, at a minimum, receive the following badges:
    1. Site Secured - Secure the land for your playground project.
    2. Ready, Set, Go - Your Dream Playground project profile is complete! It is now visible to potential volunteers and donors.
    3. Ahoy! - Recruit all team captains for your project.
    To learn more information about earning badges on Our Dream Playground, visit
  3. Applicant must submit an online grant application, made up of 10 essay questions, community demographic information and supplemental documents.
    If you have any questions about the application process, please email

Imagination Playground in a Cart

If your community does not have the land to build a playground, there is also an option to apply for a $9,000 grant for Imagination Playground in a Cart. For more information on the grant or to start an application,

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