Begin by contacting the Children at Play Network to inform us of your interest and we will let you know the current capacity.
Carefully review the information about what the selection process favors and address as many of those questions as you can.
No. The grants provide:
- Free or reduced rate ECE-TRIS approved Play Strategy workshops for administration, staff and your school community
- Free Play Planning Workshops that help you prepare for and manage the planning effort
- Facilitation of up to six planning meetings
- Licensed landscaped architects to assist with site planning and drawings
- A final conceptual plan
- Ongoing support from the Network to move beyond conceptual plans to implementation
Combined, these services will likely value between $8000 and $15,000. You may be able to use the value of Play Planning grants to help secure implementation funds from other sources.
It stands for Early Childhood Education – Training Resources Information System and it is the official system for the State of Kentucky to track continuing education credit, a requirement for licensed early childcare educators, in Kentucky. The training programs and workshops provided for free through the Play Planning Grants are pre-approved for credit. In essence, receiving a Play Planning Grant means you are also receiving free staff training in the process. Continuing education credit may not be of importance to you. In that case the training programs provide you with a more complete understanding of play environments prior to planning.
Certainly. That is sometimes a great starting point. As long as you can commit to exploring best practices in play the Network will fund new projects prior to a defined vision.
Possibly. Play Planning Grants are for planning. If you already know what you want to do you may have completed your planning. However, if you are open to using your existing plans as a hypothetical new starting point that you want to push further, we may fund your project.
No. Not if that is all you are interested in doing. However, if that is part of a larger planning process and vision, perhaps.
That can be a starting point on the way to a bigger vision. We aren’t against just doing something. Communicate with us. If we can come to agreement on a bigger vision we may be able to work with you to turn “just doing something” into a grander idea.
No. We encourage other designers on a project. We would want to know that information up front however.
The conceptual plan provides a vision for your play environment in a format that allows you to communicate with others. Depending on the project, next steps will often require fundraising, development of construction drawings and a plan to phase the project over time. If you are funded you also receive, at no cost, workshops and ongoing support to address all of these issues. The Children at Play Network will stand by you as you consider all the next steps.
First off, that isn’t uncommon. But it’s frustrating to plan something only to be told no at the end. If you don’t have buy-in from the people you think you need at the table, let us work with you prior to your application. Together, we may be able to at least encourage a conversation. And that’s a good first step. But without buy-in from the people that can say “yes” we will likely say “no.”
No. There are lots of ways to accomplish things with passion. Once the CAP Network is aware of your hopes for outdoor play perhaps there are other ways we can help. Even if we aren’t able to fund your conceptual planning process we may still be able to offer free or reduced cost workshops or other assistance. One of the objectives of the CAP Network is to advocate for natural play in the larger region. We are taking the long view. What isn’t possible today may be very possible tomorrow.
It’s a good question without a great answer other than – it depends. It will likely depend on our schedule, your schedule and the scope of what we hope to accomplish. A good starting point for the planning process alone might be four months. In the Planning the Plan workshop (provided to grant recipients at no cost prior to planning) that would be one of the questions we would answer along with your help.
Perhaps. If you can convince us that your team is already knowledgeable about the current research behind the value of play and the play planning process we may agree to help. We would add a statement to your letter of agreement that would allow us to revisit that decision if we discover that additional training would help. Keep in mind that if your proposal is accepted, most training programs are provided for free.