What's the Big Deal About the Grant?
When I first started at Struthers Recreation, I heard a lot about “The Grant”. So much that I may have started to think it was some super-star of an employee I hadn’t met yet. Maybe you have been hearing about the grant and you keep wondering, like I was, who or what it is all about.
The Grant is a unique funding opportunity that comes around only once a year from GameTime. GameTime specializes in commercial playground equipment and outdoor fitness equipment and Struthers Recreation is the exclusive representative for GameTime in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and the Panhandle of Florida. Did you know playground systems and outdoor fitness equipment are both eligible for grant funding from GameTime? This is the best time of year to purchase equipment!
GameTime has been around since 1929, and GameTime equipment has been made in Ft. Payne, Alabama for over 40 years. So, when you purchase your equipment from GameTime you not only purchase equipment that is backed by nearly 100 years of research and design experience, but you also help keep Americans employed all around the U.S. In return for your support GameTime offers up to 100% Matching Funds Grant to the purchase of qualifying playground systems.
What Playground Equipment Qualifies for Grant Funding?
According to GameTime the following systems qualify for grant funding,
PowerScape: PowerScape play systems offer the broadest range of outdoor playground equipment of any commercial play structure in its class. With PowerScape, you have more options to create a great play experience in your park or playground.
PrimeTime: The best in play doesn’t have to be expensive! The compact size and lower cost, combined with a wide selection of play components and theming options, make PrimeTime the perfect choice for creating play...and play value.
XScape: Instill healthy habits early in life with XScape! Xscape playground systems are designed to help preschool and school-age children improve upper body strength and overall health and wellness.
Modern City: It’s time our playgrounds get a modern makeover! Select Modern City play systems can be combined with PowerScape and PrimeTime to qualify for grant funding.
IONiX: Is it a playground or an art installation? IONiX systems are known for their Shadow Play panels that capture sunlight and disperse it below, transforming the ground into a vibrant, colorful work of art.
If you’ve been dreaming of a new playground for your preschool, church, park, school, or HOA now is the time to apply for up to 100% matching funds to purchase qualifying playground systems!
What about Outdoor Fitness Equipment?
Not only does GameTime offer this up to 100% matching funds opportunity, they also want to help improve the health and wellness of children and families with funding for outdoor fitness equipment. You can apply for up to $25,000 in funds toward the purchase of outdoor obstacle courses and up to $7,000 toward the purchase of outdoor gym equipment. You can create a park dedicated to fitness or add fitness equipment to a play area to encourage all people to participate and improve their health by being active.
We hope this article has been helpful in explaining more about “The Grant” and how you can apply to take advantage of this opportunity. The grant is only for a short time and is awarded on a first come, first served basis, so don’t wait, get your application in now!
If you have any questions about the grant and what it can mean for your community contact us at StruthersRecreation.com or 800-221-8869 or 205-663-5058 to get in touch with your local representative.