What is the Shade Structure Grant Program and How Can It Benefit My School?

What is the ADD Shade Structure Grant Program?

The American Academy of Dermatology’s Shade Structure Grant Program awards public schools and non-profit organizations grants of up to $8,000 for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor areas that are not protected from the sun.

Why is sun safety important?

For schools, sun safety is extremely important in decreasing the risk of melanoma, the most common skin cancer in children. Melanoma contributes to about 7 percent of cancers in patients ages 15 to 19 years old. Children who have been treated for melanoma are at an increased risk of recurrence later in life, making prevention methods all the more important.

How do I know if my school is eligible?

According to their website, the AAD Shade Structure Program is open to non-profit organizations that provide services, programs, and curricula to children and teenagers who are 18 and younger. To be considered, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to sun safety within their organizations, in addition to considering a shade structure that meets the stringent requirements of the AAD. For more information on eligibility, visit their website at www.aad.org.

What types of outdoor locations should be shaded in order to be eligible?

Outdoor locations such as playgrounds, pool decks, ball field dugouts, and eating areas are just a few example of areas that are eligible for the ADD grant funds.

What types of shade structure meets the requirement of the program?

There are strict requirements that the shade structures must meet in order for the school to be eligible. At Custom Canopies, we custom build and design shade structures that meet the ADD Shade Structure Grant Program requirements. This includes, but is not limited to being permanent and having a continuous roof constructed of shade cloth, metal or wood and that provides significant protection from ultraviolet radiation (UVR).

How do I apply?

Applications for the ADD Shade Structure Grant Program is available for online submission only.

At Custom Canopies, we work with schools, architects and playground builders to custom design and construct permanent shade canopies and sails that are eligible for ADD Shade Structure Grant Program. Our durable and quality shade canopies, sails and umbrellas provide a range of benefits to students and school property. Learn more about how we can help by contacting us today.