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KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to saving play for America's children by creating great playspaces through community participation and leadership.The organization is accepting applications for playground grants through Build It with KaBOOM!, a program that provides eligible communities with most of the funds, tools, and resources they need to build a custom-made playground in one day. Through the program, selected community groups work closely with a KaBOOM! project manager who will lead activities as well as coordinate equipment and material purchases for the project. Community members take the lead in recruiting volunteers, securing food and tool donations, and completing any necessary site preparation.Priority Communities - the list below reflects the NEW priority communities established by KaBOOM on August 9, 2021.If your community isn't within one of the communities listed below, they do not recommend applying at this timeArizona: PhoenixCalifornia: Greater Los Angeles area, San Francisco Bay areaColorado: Crowley County, East Colfax Corridor, Montrose County, Otero County, Rio Grande CountyFlorida: Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, TampaGeorgia: Greater Atlanta areaIllinois: Greater Chicago areaLouisiana: New OrleansMaryland: Prince George CountyNew Jersey: TrentonNew York: New York CityNorth Carolina: Charlotte, RaleighTennesse: NashvilleTexas: Dallas, Fort Worth, HoustonUtah: Salt Lake CityWashington D.C.: Greater Washington DC area (DMV)Washington: SeattleA qualified Community Partner must:Serve a low-income and/or special needs community.Have no playground or need to replace an existing unsafe or outdated one.Work with the community, with guidance from a dedicated KABOOM! Project Manager, to fundraise toward the cost of equipment.Own the land on which you wish to build, or have a long-term lease and get permission from the landowner to construct a playground.Demonstrate ability to recruit a team of parents, neighbors, and community members who are excited about serving on the planning committee for an eight to ten week period, plus recruit approximately 100 community members to participate on Build Day.Complete any needed site preparation on at least 2,500 square feet in order to create a flat, dirt surface (e.g., removing old equipment or asphalt, etc.)Secure soil tests, utility checks, and build permits in a timely manner.Identify community resources to secure additional in-kind contributions such as breakfast and lunch for Build Week, tools, restroom facilities, and a dumpster.Accept ownership and maintenance responsibilities for the playspace upon completion of project.Applications are accepted based on available funding in the area. 8/9Grant Gopher Pro Clients: If you have saved this grant in the past, make sure your community is still on the priority list before applying.

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