The AAD Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants of up to $8,000 to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces. In addition to the grant, the AAD also provides a permanent sign for display near the shade structure.
Members can support the program by sponsoring an application or making a donation to the program.
Since its inception in 2000, the Shade Structure Grant Program has funded 307 shade structures.
The AAD Shade Structure Program is open to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that provide services, programs and curricula to children and teenagers who are 18 and younger.
To be considered, applicants must:
- Be recommended by an Academy member dermatologist.
- Demonstrate a commitment to sun safety within their organizations. (Please see the online application for specific criteria to meet this requirement.)
- Be considering a shade structure that meets the stringent requirements of the AAD. (Please see the shade structure program FAQs for specific criteria on shade structure selection.)