Eligibility & application

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. Find out if your organization is eligible to apply.

Sun-safety curriculum

Eligibility requirements state that applicants must have a sun-safety program in place for at least one-year prior to application. Access the Academy’s Good Skin Knowledge sun protection curriculum to support your application.


Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Academy’s Shade Structure Program.

2016 grant recipients announced

The Academy announces winners of the 2016 Shade Structure Grants.

AAD members: Recommend a shade structure

Program information for Academy member dermatologists interested in recommending a Shade Structure Grant Program application.

Support the Shade Structure Program

Your contributions annually fund approximately 20 shade structures. Each structure provides daily coverage to as many as 600 people. Make a generous gift today to help the Academy shade more children in need of sun protection.