Applications accepted until May 31st

The Play Everywhere Challenge is a national competition that will award $1 million in prizes for the best replicable, scalable innovations in city redevelopment and design that help make play easy, available and fun for kids and families.

The Challenge, developed in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Target, Playworld, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts, will reward applicants who provide community-driven solutions that integrate play into everyday life and unexpected places: sidewalks, vacant lots, bus stops, open streets, and beyond.

The Play Everywhere Challenge puts kids first by reimagining cities with kids in mind and ensuring they get the childhood they deserve filled with play.

The deadline to submit project Ideas is May 31. Please visit the Play Everywhere Challenge webpage for more information.

  • Funding will support innovative, replicable projects in existing communities that will make play easy, accessible, and fun for all kids and families. It will not support traditional playgrounds/neighborhood parks, but projects that activate other spaces, such as sidewalks, vacant lots, bus stops, streets, etc.
  • Non-profits, government agencies, and/or individuals with an official partnership with those groups may receive an award.
  • The request for funding must be for a project that (1) has an implementation period no longer than 90 days from the time of the award and (2) has a budget not exceeding $50,000.
  • Projects receive different amounts of funding, depending upon their scale. No matching funds are required.
  • Initial applications/proposals are due by May 31, 2016.