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  • May 13, 2021

Winners Announced for Grants for Play Projects in Children's Hospitals


The Toy Foundation is a nonprofit children’s charitable organization that works with the toy industry to provide support through play opportunities to children across the country. Through a partnership with Children’s Hospital Association, The Toy Foundation Play Grant Program has awarded more than $340,000 to children’s hospitals for play projects. 

By making play more accessible in children’s hospital settings and through their community partnerships, these grants will strengthen the social, emotional, physical, and behavioral development of children.

The Children’s Hospital Association and the Toy Foundation are pleased to announce the following 2021 Play Grant recipients:

  • Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, AR
    $25,000 - Mobile Sensory Playroom
    Objective: Support patients with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD), autism and behavioral issues using sensory toys and tools to provide stimulation and calming.
  • Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Medical Center, Temple, TX
    $10,150 - Play Resources for Pediatric Patients with Sensory Processing Difficulties
    Objective: Provide specialized play resources and support materials for pediatric patients who experience sensory processing difficulties during radiology or ultrasound procedures.
  • Children’s Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
    $25,000 – Making Play Accessible for All Patients
    Objective: Make play therapy and joyful activities accessible to all patients, especially patients with limited mobility.
  • Children's Hospital of San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
    $10,414 - Children's Medical Play Project
    Objective: Incorporate medical play as a tool to help educate patients and lower stress levels so treatment can be received in a calm manner and recovery can begin more quickly.
  • Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, MO
    $14,366 - Play for All and All for Play!
    Objective: Provide adaptive equipment for all infants regardless of diagnosis or developmental limitation.
  • Children’s Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    $25,000 - Play at Bedside and Beyond
    Objective: Expand and rejuvenate play at the bedside program.
  • Children's of Mississippi, Jackson, MS
    $25,000 - MyChart Bedside: Virtual Playroom Kid PREP (Patients Receiving Education for Procedures)
    Objective: Promote accessible and equitable play opportunities that have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Golisano Children’s Hospital at The University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
    $10,040 - Sensory Toy Carts for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disorder
    Objective: Create sensory toy carts to provide items to comfort children with IDD as they are at increased risk for psychological distress secondary to medical procedures and frequent medical experiences.
  • Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
    $25,000 - Emergency Department Waiting Area Play Enhancement
    Objective: Implement play areas for children who are patients, or the children of adult patients in a Level One Trauma Center.
  • Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN
    $25,000 - Emergency Department Waiting Area Play Enhancement
    Objective: Increase play opportunities and incorporate positive distraction play for child patients and siblings in the Emergency Department waiting area.
  • Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Network, Tacoma, WA
    $15,000 Sensory-Friendly Play for Kids in Mental Health Crisis
    Objective: Provide sensory friendly play options to help provide a calm and comforting environment.
  • MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, Charleston, SC
    $23,000 - Provide play for pediatric behavioral and mental health patients
    Objective: Purchase safe, appropriate toys and activities for mental and behavioral health patients awaiting psychiatric placement.
  • Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE
    $25,000 - Medical Play Therapeutic Kits
    Objective: Using play kits containing common items children see in medical settings in addition to arts & crafts items, patients will gain comfort and familiarity with potentially stressful healthcare events.
  • Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL
    $25,000 - Interactive Activity Book
    Objective: Design an exclusive interactive activity book that will engage patients and families throughout their hospital visit.
  • OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois. Peoria, IL
    $25,000 - Prescription for Play
    Objective: Develop a play program that provides opportunities for children to engage in developmentally appropriate play to develop healthy cognitive abilities and gross and fine motor skills.
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO
    $10,350 - Safe Toy Kits for Behavioral Health Patients in the Emergency Department
    Objective: Provide behavioral health patients with "safe” toy kits for patients with behavioral health needs.
  • The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY
    $25,000 - Update Play Spaces and Bedside Play
    Objective: Provide toys and teaching materials for educational and therapeutic programming.
  • Valley Children’s Healthcare, Madera, CA
    $25,000 - South Lawn Beautification Project
    Objective: Create playground that addresses physical accessibility needs of patients and families.