Part two of our series on tension shade structures explore some ways to fund installing them at your school or business. One of them is even sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology.
Installing a Tension Shade Structure and Grant Money
Why do dermatologists care so much about minimizing sun exposure? Well, too much of it, and besides the increased risk of heat related illness, there is the very real danger of skin cancer. Even installing a shade structure can make a lot of difference. That’s where the AAD come in. ”The AAD 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. Members can support the program by sponsoring an application or making a donation to the program. Since its inception in 2000, the Shade Structure Grant Program has funded 307 shade structures. 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: Be recommended by an Academy member dermatologist.Demonstrate a commitment to sun safety within their organizations. (Please see the online application for specific criteria to meet this requirement.) Be considering a shade structure that meets the stringent requirements of the AAD. (Please see the shade structure program FAQs for specific criteria on shade structure selection.) [READ MORE]
Tension Shade Structures and 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organizations
If you have a church and/or a charter school, and you don’t have one already, you might want to give some thought to installing a tension shade structure. Installing shade isn’t everything but it can make a big difference in protecting your students or congregation from the worst of the sunlight. Arizona has one of the most extreme climates in the US, after all, and the highest rates of skin cancer in North America.
So remember, you want to keep people safe, healthy, and happy. Make sure that there is a chilled water supply and a fountain. However, one more way that you can help is to install commercial shade structures in Phoenix.
Be sure to read part one of this series for more information on commercial shade structures.
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Phoenix, AZ 85017-4815