Finding grant money to reach
• We understand the need for creative financing
as funds for projects like playground continue
to be cut from annual budgets.
• Play is not only crucial to a child’s
development, it can help them to understand
the role that fitness and exercise play as they
mature into adulthood. It is important that we
find ways to fund these important projects, to
keep the health and well-being of children in
• GameTime continues to explore ways that we
can assist our customers in sourcing the
funds they need to offer new play
opportunities for children.
• We offer a leasing program so that customers
can apply for financing programs to help fund
their playgrounds. We are also the foremost
playground company in the research and
advocation of grant funding.
• Billions of dollars in grant money is
• GameTime Grant documents can help
you find the grant you need, as well as
offer guidelines on grantwriting.
• Your local GameTime representative is
happy to be your Grant assistant,
offering tools to include in your proposal
that will catch a funder’s attention!
Tools/visuals we can provide to
include with your grant application!
Price of installed unit
Benefits of product (longevity, fitness, etc. and how
these benefits meet the specifics of your grant
– Know the funder’s goals, so you don’t waste
their time…or yours, writing a grant that
doesn’t meet their guidelines .
– Many grant sites offer detailed information,
online applications, and helpful tips.
• Researched additional grants that may be
available in your territory?
• The grant documents are the tip of the
iceberg. There are dozens of grant sites
with information about money available
from the private sector.
How to search online
Limit search field to keywords.
Example, “grant minority school” will typically
return more valid search results than “small
school with minority population needs playground
Search engines key in on all of the words entered,
then return results based on search words found
Other search terms:
ADA grant, play grant, fitness grant, free grant
info, (your state) grants
Focus questions to ask
A grant application needs a focus, not just “we need
a new playground” but:
• minorities, kids with special needs
• increasing fitness and health awareness
• Revitalization of underpriveledged or run-down
• Learning on the playground
• Replacement of dangerous equipment
What do funders look for?
Does the purpose of an organization or project
match the funder's interests?
• Is your organization well known in the community
and does it address an existing need?
•Is there evidence of financial sustainability beyond
the period of the actual grant?
• Sound fiscal management
• A strong, involved board
• Committed volunteers and qualified staff
• A realistic budget
Who gets foundation grants?
Grantmakers typically fund nonprofit organizations that
qualify for public charity status under section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code.
These are organizations whose purposes are charitable,
educational, scientific, religious, literary, or cultural.
Their income cannot benefit private individuals, and
their influence on legislation or political campaigns is
Public schools, libraries, and other government
organizations also qualify as public charities, although
they usually have not applied for 501(c)(3) status.
Grants you should know
Carol M White PEP grant
• Promotes fitness in schools.
• Will fund equipment.
• Several playgrounds projects have been
funded in the past, if a fitness twist is given to
• $60 million available, $70 million for 2004.
• Bonus consideration given to Title 1 schools.
• Dates to know:
Jan 20 - Senate votes on 2004 budget
Late Mar - Applications available
Mid May - Applications close
Mid Oct - Recipients annouced
Ludwick Family Foundation
What they fund:
• New equipment, equipment replacement and
modernization, improvements to facilities, and
• Tangible items that tend to remain with an
• Funds are granted twice a year.
• Have funded playground rehabs in the past!!
JC Downing Fund
What they fund:
• Projects that enrich education, human
development,sports and fitness.
• Fund requests a letter of inquiry before formal
grant application is made.
Ronald Mc Donald Charity
What they fund:
• directly improve the health and well being of
children (ages 0-18 years.)
• Address a significant funding gap or critical
• Have long-term impact in terms of replication
• Produce measurable results.
Great source for both school and non-school
opportunities, go to homepage, then click Grant
Opportunities in the left column.
•Listed by Federal and state organizations.
•Further classified by grants with a deadline, vs no
•Also extensive regional listings.
•A great website to reference your customers to.
Grants for everyone
• Funding Factory – Collect empty toner
cartridges and cell phones to trade for points.
Great, and often overlooked opportunity.
• Target School fundraising –Target stores track
purchases charged to participating accounts,
and distributes 1% in donations to designated
Nomenclature of grants
Project Period - The period established in the award
document during which time funded activities occur.
Capital Support - Funds for construction, buildings
Challenge grant – Same as matching funds grant.
Donee – Grant recipient, AKA grantee or beneficiary
Donor – Funder, party making the grant to a donee.
Endowment – Funds to be invested in perpetuity to
provide continued support of a program.
We have a free Glossary of Grant terms available
to help take the mystery out of grant
Grant money delivered to
Finalists reveiwed, grantees
chosen and notified 2-6 mos
Funding timeline 6 – 14 months!
Grants reviewed by funder,
Write grant/submit to funder
Research grant opportunities
Customer requests info
Let us help you make
the first move!