Eligibility & application

The American Academy of Dermatology's (AAD) 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 AAD 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 AAD 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 AAD member dermatologist. Locate an AAD member dermatologist by using the Find a Dermatologist tool.

  • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to sun safety within your organization. A sun safety/skin cancer awareness program must be in place for at least one year prior to application. (Bonus points awarded for using AAD materials, examples below.)

  • Consider a shade structure that meets the stringent requirements of the AAD. See Shade Structure Grant Program guideline book for specific criteria on shade structure selection.

Your organization's awareness program can be original content developed specifically for your audience, or repurposed materials available from other organizations, such as the AAD's Sun-Safety Toolkit, or Good Skin Knowledge Curriculum. Good Skin Knowledge is a free, downloadable curriculum developed for 8- to 13-year-olds to promote healthy self-esteem through education about skin, hair, and nails. Additional resources and materials from other organizations can be found in FAQs

Thank you for your interest in the AAD's Shade Structure Grant Program.

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