Shade Structure Grant Program

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The American Academy of Dermatology's Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants 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. Each Shade Structure Grant is valued up to $8,000, which includes the cost for a shade structure and installation. In addition to the grant, the Academy also provides a permanent sign near the shade structure. The AAD receives support for this program from its members and outside organizations.

Eligible applicants
The Academy Shade Structure Grant 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 for grants, applicants must:
  • Be recommended by an Academy member dermatologist. Locate an Academy member dermatologist by using the Find a Dermatologist tool.
  • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to sun safety and skin cancer awareness by having a sun safety/skin cancer awareness program in place for at least one year prior to application.

This awareness program can be repurposed with materials available from other organizations (such as the American Cancer Society, EPA SunWise Program, CDC Sun Safety for America’s Youth Toolkit, or Cancer Control PLANET) or can be original content developed specifically for your audience.

New to the American Academy of Dermatology this year is our Good Skin Knowledge curriculum developed for 8- to13-year-olds to promote healthy self-esteem through education about skin, hair, and nails. Lesson plans with accompanying activities  include sun safety education, which qualifies for the sun safety/skin cancer awareness program when in place for a year prior to application.   To view the lesson plans, click here. Repurposed content from other organizations or original content may also qualify.

Consider a shade structure that meets the stringent requirements of the Academy. See Shade Structure Grant Program guideline book for specific criteria on shade structure selection. Thank you for your interest in the Academy's Shade Structure Grant Program.

If you have questions about the program, email shadestructure@aad.org.

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