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KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Challenge

Deadline: May 31, 2016

Developed in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Target, Playworld, the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Play Everywhere Challenge is a national, year-long competition to address the need for increased play in kids’ lives. It is a call for ideas that will help uncover the best replicable, scalable innovations in city redevelopment and design that will make play easy, available, and fun for all kids and families. It is an opportunity to reimagine what and where a play space is and can be.

The Challenge is seeking community-driven ideas and solutions that integrate play into everyday life and unexpected places— sidewalks, laundromats, vacant lots, bus stops, grocery stores, open streets, and beyond. Ideas to reimagine existing public spaces as places that can support playfulness and help people to think differently about where play can occur are welcomed. There’s no one model project – the hope is to see ideas that reflect the local context and community they’ll take place in.

Amount: A group of 50-200 finalists will receive $500 and some assistance in completing a full proposal. A group of up to 50 winners will be selected from the finalists. Winning ideas will receive a share of $1,000,000. Prize amounts will fall within the following ranges: Small Scale ($500-$5,000), Medium Scale ($5,001-$25,000), and Large Scale ($25,001-$50,000).

Eligibility: The Challenge is open to:

  • Registered U.S. 501(c)(3) public charities
  • Federal, state, and local governmental bodies or agencies
  • U.S. entities and individuals who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. in partnership, through a formal memorandum of understanding, intent, agreement or the like, with a U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity or public agency that would receive an award if the application is chosen as a winning entry

Link: https://playeverywhere.kaboom.org/

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