The Toy Foundation created the Children’s Hospital Play Grants program to bring the healing power of play to children in hospital settings, especially those in underserved communities.
Undergoing complicated medical procedures, facing life-threatening illnesses and injuries, and feeling isolated and helpless are common experiences for children and their families in healthcare settings. Access to play can help relieve this stress, create ease, and have an overall positive impact on children’s relationships and well-being.
From 2021 to 2022, the Children’s Hospital Play Grants program distributed more than $365,000 to 18 children’s hospitals throughout the United States to enable them to create stimulating and calming sensory experiences; offer in-room technology to broadcast play activities; upgrade waiting areas; assemble therapeutic play kits; and more.
Read a complete impact report detailing project results, outcomes and effects, as well as how play was promoted through the project here.
The application period for 2022/2023 projects is now closed. Check back for an update on our next round of grant recipients.
To support the Children’s Hospital Play Grants program, please consider making a company or individual financial donation.