Eligibility & application

The American Academy of Dermatology's (AAD) Shade Structure Program awards funds to schools, day-cares, parks, and other non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures where children learn and play. Each shade structure award is valued up to $8,000, which includes the cost for shade structure materials and installation. In addition to the grant, the AAD also provides a permanent sign near the shade structure featuring sun-safety tips. The AAD receives support for this program through donations from its members, outside organizations and individuals.

Eligible applicants

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:

  • Submit a letter of recommendation with your online application from 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 sun-safety awareness program can include use of the AAD's Sun-Safety Toolkit, or Good Skin Knowledge Curriculum. Bonus points are awarded for using AAD-branded materials. You may also use original content developed specifically for your audience, or repurposed materials available from other organizations. Additional information about the program can be found in FAQs

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

If you have additional questions, please email shadestructure@aad.org.