Build It Yourself: Let’s Play Community Construction Grants

We get a variety of Placemaking Micro-grant applications from our REALTOR® Associations to build playgrounds in their communities.   Additional funding is usually always needed.    I just came across another grant available from KaBOOM!  to support the creation of playgrounds so that children, and their families, have a safe place to gather and play.

There is also a Toolkit available which is particularly helpful as it is designed to walk you through the process of how to create a community-build playspace. From fundraising to volunteer recruitment, this Toolkit can help you take your project from start to finish with over a decade’s worth of KaBOOM! knowledge, advice, and best practices in building playspaces.

As for the grant, Dr Pepper Snapple & KaBOOM! have teamed up to offer $15,000 grants to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment. Grantees will lead their community through a self-guided planning process, using the $15,000 grant towards the total cost of playground equipment and assembling the playground using the KaBOOM! community-build model. Grantees have up to one year to build the playground and will have the support of a remote KaBOOM! Grants Manager and an onsite Certified Playground Installer. For more information about the community build model, go to

Next steps:

  1. Apply today! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year so be sure to submit an application pro-actively.
  2. Applications will be reviewed when complete. If eligible, all applicants will be contacted by email of eligibility and instructions for next steps.
  3. Funding Application Deadlines
    • Cycle 1: April 29
    • Cycle 2: July 1
    • Cycle 3: September 9

Applicants with fully submitted applications will be notified of their status two (2) months after each funding application cycle deadline.


Municipalities, schools, and child-serving nonprofit organizations without a playground or with existing equipment that is unsafe for children are eligible for this opportunity.

Applicants must:

  • Own land or have permission to build
  • Spend $24,000 to $40,000 on playground equipment (not including surfacing, site prep, freight, contractor fees, benches, and other non-playground equipment items)
  • Work with a KaBOOM! Preferred Vendor (BCI Burke, Landscape Structures, Playworld Systems or Miracle Recreation)
  • Use the KaBOOM! community-build model to plan and build the playground
  • Finish project within 12 months of award
  • Serve a low-income population
  • Demonstrate a strong need for a new playspace in the community

If you have any other questions about the application process, please email with “Community Construction Grant” in the subject line.

  1. Do you have any grants available for building educational exhibits in a neighborhood park? Friends of Mary Lake is a registered non-profit that is working to preserve and improve a natural park in a West Redding neighborhood. We plan to build a nature trail along the mile-long pathway within the existing park.