The great outdoors has many valuable rewards to those that take advantage of the opportunities available. With the many different terrains, living organisms and opportunities that can benefit people physically, psychologically and emotionally, the outdoors is a place where children can grow as learners. Because of all of these outdoor opportunities, many organisations and foundations offer grants to support outdoor activities for children.
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Outdoor Gardening Grants
Gardening is an outdoor activity that many granters feel is important for the development of children. There are many gardening grants available through various foundations and organisations. The Welch's Harvest Grant awards 100K-8 schools throughout the United States between $250 to $1,000 dollars a year for gardening activities to benefit children. Another gardening grant to benefit children is the Mantis Award. Mantis selects 25 of the top applicants.
Children's Sports Grants
Sports are a big pastime for children, and many sports are played outdoors. Children benefit from participating in sports through exercising, socialising and developing motor skills. There are numerous outdoor sports that have grants opportunities available to benefit children. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) offers grants to youth baseball and softball organisations that benefit children between the ages of 10 to 16. Most grantees earn approximately £25,350 to expand, improve or develop their complexes. There is also a golf grant available for girls age 7 to 17 that desire to learn the game of golf. This grant is offered through LPGA-USGA.
Larry Selzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund, is a driving force to improve conservation lands to benefit children and states, "We celebrate these projects for demonstrating how to get kids back outdoors. This is critical for children's health and for the future of our environment."
Starting in 1997, grant programs were created to improve conservation lands to benefit children. This organisation offers numerous grants such as follows: The Kodak American Greenways Program, Columbia Ohio Expansion Migratory Bird Account and many more
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Healthy Playground Grants
There are also grants available to help cities, organisations, schools and communities build healthy playgrounds for children. Playgrounds help children to exercise while interacting with other children. Because of the plethora of benefits children receive at playgrounds, lots of companies and organisations have created grant opportunities to build and repair playgrounds. There is the Physical Education for Progress (PEP) Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education to help purchase equipment that will provide children the opportunities to build cooperative learning and social skills. PEP awards an average of 93 grants per year.
Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play is another organisation that donates money to build or improve playgrounds. Up to £3,250 per grantee is rewarded to Head Start programs nationwide for playground construction.
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