The AAD's 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.

Since its launch in 2000, the program has awarded 368 shade structure grants. The structures supported by the program provide shade for more than 880,000 individuals each day.

Eligibility & application

The Shade Structure Program funds permanent shade structures to schools, day-cares, parks, and sun, non-profit organizations where children learn and play. Find out if your organization is eligible to apply


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

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 AAD shade more children in need of sun protection.

Previous Shade Structure winners

View previous Shade Structure Program recipients and the AAD members who sponsored them.

Free sun safety resources

Eligibility requirements state that applicants must have a sun-safety program in place for at least one-year prior to application. Access the AAD’s free resources library for sun protection materials to support your program.

AAD members: Recommend a shade structure

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

Adopt-a-Shade Structure

By adopting a shade structure, you can help extend the reach of the AAD Shade Structure Program while increasing your visibility in your local community.