Funding & Grants for Outdoor Spaces
Every year government agencies, foundations and corporations allocate grant money for the development of play and learning in communities throughout the world. When you’re planning an aquatic play space, whether it’s a new build or a refurbishment, consider what grants are available to enhance your budget.
Searching for Funding & Grants for Outdoor Space initiatives
Most of these funds and grants can be accessed at the Federal, Provincial (State) and Municipal level of government bodies. You can search simple terms like outdoor space initiative, public space funding, grants for outdoor spaces, community building funds/grants.
Some of these grants are used to fund:
- Splash Pads / Parks
- Aquatic Play Centers
- Pools & Waterparks
- Outdoor Playspaces
- Parks and Park Essentials
- and much more...
Covid Relief Funding is Available for Outdoor Play SpacesThroughout the world, many communities are using Covid relief funds to build equitable outdoor spaces to stay connected and build a stronger community fabric as we work through the pandemic. Parks, and the play spaces within them, are natural hubs for people to gather, stay socially connected, and find joy. Communities are stronger when we turn our functional spaces into places that bring people together.
Canada Healthy Communities Initiative
The Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31 million investment from the Government of Canada to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19.
Public spaces are the glue to our communities: they enable a feeling of belonging, of social cohesion and encourage our sense of collective identity. COVID-19 has seriously constrained our access and use of these spaces in communities across Canada. Impacts of the virus have also been extraordinarily uneven, underscoring inequalities across communities and disproportionately impacting those who are already experiencing vulnerability as a result of systemic inequalities.
In the face of these challenges, communities have been extraordinarily resourceful and resilient in improvising temporary and longer-lasting solutions to the challenges of COVID-19. Many are undertaking work for immediate needs but also thinking about how to build pandemic-resilient spaces for the future. We are seeing new digital solutions, that allow people and communities to feel connected, safe and healthy all while respecting public health measures and norms such as physical distancing and mask-wearing.
The Healthy Communities Initiative will provide funding to a broad range of organizations, including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities and nonprofits, for projects, programming and services that help communities :
- create safe and vibrant public spaces,
- improve mobility options and
- provide innovative digital solutions to connect people and improve health.
Funding for the Initiative is being repurposed from existing funding for a second Smart Cities Challenge competition to support communities in dealing with the immediate and ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19.
Fundraising is a great way to raise money for your next aquatic play project.
Waterplay can help support your fundraising effort with high quality renders of the proposed design, as well as provide graphics for a fundraising poster that will allow your community to rally around your goals. Encourage sponsorship through a park sign that will showcase the names or company logos of large contributors to be recognized in your community.