$750 Let’s Play Grants available from Canada Dry Mott’s and KaBOOM
Canada Dry Mott’s and the non-profit KaBOOM! are offering 30 of Let’s Play Maintenance Grants valued at $750 to communities and organizations throughout Canada in 2012. This is part of a program initiated by the parent company Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! to hand out hundreds of Let’s Play Maintenance Grants across North America this year.
The Let’s Play Maintenance Grants are for communities who wish to keep their playground areas clean, safe and more inviting. To qualify, organizations must demonstrate they have maintained their playground area and have held a volunteer-led improvement project on its grounds.
A wide variety projects satisfy the grant requirements, including playground enhancement projects such as painting murals, building benches and shade structures, refilling/replacing safety surfacing at a playground, landscaping projects or park clean-ups. To apply online, visit www.kaboom.org/grants.
The grants are part of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Canada Dry Mott’s and Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active. In 2011, as part of Let’s Play, Dr Pepper Snapple Group made a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit saving play by ensuring there is a great place to play within walking distance of every child. Together through Let’s Play, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America.
Unstructured, child-directed play has been proven to help kids develop physically, socially and cognitively, yet today’s kids has less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation. Through Let’s Play grants and projects in 2011, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! built or improved 528 playgrounds, benefitting an estimated 1.3 million children during the lifetime of the playgrounds. People are encouraged to visit Let’s Play at www.LetsPlay.com to join the conversation and learn how to apply for the various available grants to make their communities more active and playful.
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