Funding Playgrounds in Southern California
Finding Ways to Make Your Playground Possible
The main reason why new playgrounds don’t get built often boils down to the cost of doing so. As a property owner, you’re no doubt aware of the upkeep costs you already work into your budget. Along with new developments or other projects, you may simply be unsure if now is the right time to sideline funds for a new playground.
The good news is that now can be the perfect time to build your new playground when you take advantage of grants, fundraisers, buying programs, and financing to make your project more affordable. Using a combination of these means may even make planning your project more feasible than you ever imagined it could be!
Fundraise Your Project
Coordinating a fundraising initiative with traditional and online components can be an effective means of getting the money you need to build a new playground. When planning a fundraiser for your playground, keep a realistic goal in mind with respect to the kind of event or method it is.
Other important considerations for which fundraiser – or combination of fundraisers – can work for you include thinking about how many people may actually participate, what it will take to attract them, and how money much may each person contribute.
Traditional fundraising ideas include:
- Bake sales
- Local coupon book sales
- Restaurant profit shares
- Golf tournaments
- Silent auctions
- Sponsored walks or marathons
- Sales for gift wrap, cookie dough, magazines, flower bulbs, etc.
Fundraising opportunities can also be sought with the Internet’s help. These potentially far-reaching campaigns, however, are mostly limited to crowdsourcing websites and fundraisers facilitated by even fewer tech giants such as Facebook or Amazon. Those hoping for a fundraising effort that covers a significant portion of their project may want to consider using multiple methods.
Apply for a Playground Grant
Whether you’re in charge of a school, religious organization, homeowner’s association, or another non-profit entity, there are numerous other organizations out there with grant programs that can help you fund a playground on your property. Such organizations include government entities, for-profit companies, and charitable foundations.
The Parks and Water Bond Act of 2018, also known as Proposition 68, was passed in California to promote and provide access to more outdoor areas and amenities. The $4 billion act was passed by a margin of 57.6%, the funds of which can be distributed for “the development and enhancement of state and local parks and recreational facilities” as well as finance outdoor access for all. If you are looking for financial assistance for your playground project, we encourage you to explore how the Parks and Water Bond Act of 2018 can help you.
We are proud to be the only Playground and Site Amenities Vendor that has attended hearings, workshops, and trainings put on by Cal Parks to learn how we can help our communities qualify for this incredible funding. This is a one-time opportunity, and Sun Country Playgrounds is especially prepared to help you make the most of it for your playground project.
Eligible applicants can expect the allocations to be announced in early 2020, after which you are expected to attend a mandatory application workshop. Once these steps are complete, you may submit an application package to the California Department of Parks and Recreation. You can learn more about the grant application process by clicking here.
If you need help planning for your city’s Prop 68 funding, contact Sun Country Systemstoday at (661) 529-7133. We have already helped many communities throughout Southern California and beyond.
Enter into a Buying Program
Becoming a part of a buying program means joining a pool of organizations like yours to pool purchasing power and gain leverage to reduce costs. When you join a buying program, you join a group of organizations like yours who work with suppliers to achieve favorable prices for their goods and services.
Finance Your Playground Project
You can consider financing your playground in Southern California through our partners at Play and Park. They offer a flexible financing solution that can immediately generate the resources you need.
Features of Play and Park’s Flexible Financing Program include:
- 100% financing for your project
- No down payments
- Fixed payments without floating interest rates
- Long-term commitment options with low monthly payments
Start funding your project today! Call Sun Country Systemsfor more information about Southern California playground funding: (661) 529-7133.
Discuss your ideas and budget with our team of playground installation experts in Southern California.
Our experts will take our concepts and create 2D/3D renderings of the playground’s design.
We discuss financing options with you, which include fundraising, getting grants, and developing a budget.
Once we have the final plan solidified, we install quality playground equipment. Then, enjoy your space!