Shade Structure Grant Program


PLEASE NOTE:

The grant application process is now closed.

Congratulations to all the 2020 CDA Shade Structure Grant Recipients.

Ville de Delson – Delson, QC
Ville de Beresford – Beresford, NB
Corpus Christi Fundraising Association – Edmonton, AB
Corporation of the Town of Carleton Place – Carleton Place, ON
Ecole Powerview School – Powerview, MB
Back Bay Elementary Home and School Association – Back Bay, NB

The Canadian Dermatology Assocation Shade Structure Grant Program will provide one grant or a number of grants to schools daycares, city parks and not-for-profit organizations for the purchase or construction of permanent shade structures. A total of $34,000 will be awarded across the country. The goal is to create a safe outdoor environment that protects people from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation.

Combined with sun-safe habits, such as wearing sunscreen, sunglasses and protective clothing, providing shade is one of the most important ways of minimizing people’s sun exposure and reducing the risk of developing skin cancer later in life.

Eligibility & Requirements

To be considered, applicants must be a school, daycare, city park or not-for-profit organization.

Grant recipients are required to:

  • Acknowledge the support of the CDA in all promotional materials associated with the shade structure. A recognition statement will be included in the approval letter, and is also available in the FAQ section below.
  • Install outdoor signage provided by the CDA on or near the shade structure.
  • Install shade structure and provided CDA signage by October 31, 2020, otherwise the recipient will forfeit the grant.
  • Submit to the CDA two high-quality full-colour photographs of the installed shade structure and CDA signage without any individual by November 7, 2020. (These images may be used in future promotional materials for the program).
Shade Structure Criteria & Placement

Shade structures must have a solid roof made of metal, wood, shade cloth or polycarbonate and must provide significant protection from ultraviolet radiation. Structures must be permanent, which means stay up all year round. If using shade cloth, the fabric must be up for the majority of three seasons and may be removed during the winter.

If using fabric or polycarbonate in the shade structure documentation about the percentage of UVR that will be blocked by the material or the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) must be provided. Fabric used in the shade structure should provide UPF of 30 or above.

If UPF value cannot be determined for the fabric or polycarbonate you have selected you will need to choose a material that does indicate UPF or select another material (wood or metal). This information should be included in your application when asked to outline what type of shade structure will be purchased or constructed.

Recipients are responsible for working directly with their shade structure vendor to select the size and type of structure that best fits the outdoor location.

Shade structures must be placed in outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as:

  • Playgrounds/Parks
  • Sports Fields
  • Outdoor Pavilions
  • Benches/Seating Areas
  • Eating Areas
  • Swimming Pool/Splash Pads
  • Other recreational areas

Examples of ineligible shade structures include: trellis gazebos and roofs, slat-roof structures, pergolas, shade trees and temporary structures such as patio/canopy umbrellas and tents.

Structures that are temporary and that do not provide complete overhead shade coverage are also not eligible.

Application Process
  1. You must submit the application using CDA’s online application form at dermatology.ca/shade-structure-grant-application.
  2. Applications will be accepted up to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on February 28, 2020.
  3. Mailed, faxed or emailed submissions will not be accepted.
  4. All questions on the application form MUST be answered or it will be considered incomplete and therefore ineligible for a grant.
  5. Submit only the information requested. Do not submit additional materials such as brochures, CDs or videos.
  6. Refer to the Shade Structure Grant Program FAQ section below for assistance when completing your application.
Application Checklist

The following items must be submitted when applying for a shade structure grant:

  • Completed Shade Structure Grant Program online application form:
    • Include a detailed description of your plan.
    • Upload two full-colour photographs of the area to be shaded.

PLEASE NOTE: If your organization is awarded a grant, you will be notified by early April. Your shade structure with provided CDA signage must be installed by October 31, 2020, otherwise you will forfeit your grant. Those awarded a grant will receive 50% of the grant at the start of the project and the remaining balance upon project completion.

Selection Process

Each application will be reviewed by the CDA Sun Awareness Working Group comprised of certified dermatologists from across Canada.

Eligible submissions will be assessed against, but not limited to, the following criteria:

  • Design and Plan
  • Accessibility
  • Value to Community.

Applications submitted on behalf of an organization whose values and mission do not align with those of the CDA will not be considered.

Additional information about the program can be found in the FAQ section.

If you have other questions, please email nlawrence@dermatology.ca.

Shade Structure Grant Program FAQs

The CDA will provide a weatherproof sign for installation near or on the shade structure.

  • The sign will be shipped directly to your organization.
  • The sign must be installed by the shade structure installation deadline, October 31, 2020.
  • Two high-quality full-colour photographs of the installed shade structure, with the CDA sign must be submitted by November 7, 2020 to the CDA at nlawrence@dermatolgy.ca.

Shade structures must have a solid roof made of metal, wood, shade cloth or polycarbonate and must provide significant protection from ultraviolet radiation. Structures must be permanent, which means stay up all year round. If using shade cloth, the fabric must be up for the majority of three seasons and may be removed during the winter.

If using fabric or polycarbonate in the shade structure documentation about the percentage of UVR that will be blocked by the material or the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) must be provided. Fabric used in the shade structure should provide UPF of 30 or above.

If UPF value cannot be determined for the fabric or polycarbonate you have selected you will need to choose a material that does indicate UPF or select another material (wood or metal). This information should be included in your application when asked to outline what type of shade structure will be purchased or constructed.

Recipients are responsible for working directly with their shade structure vendor to select the size and type of structure that best fits the outdoor location.

Examples of ineligible shade structures include: trellis gazebos and roofs, slat-roof structures, pergolas, shade trees and temporary structures such as patio/canopy umbrellas and tents.

Structures that are temporary and that do not provide complete overhead shade coverage are also not eligible.

Shade structures must be placed in outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, for example:

  • Playgrounds/Parks
  • Sports Fields
  • Outdoor Pavilions
  • Benches/Seating Areas
  • Eating Areas
  • Swimming Pool/Splash Pads
  • Other recreational areas

The application will be available from December 2, 2019 to February 28, 2020.

Applicants who are selected for a grant will be notified via email by early April 2020.

The number of grant recipients will depend on funding availability and on the number of applications received.

The Canadian Dermatology Assocation Shade Structure Grant Program will provide one grant or a number of grants to schools daycares, city parks and not-for-profit organizations for the purchase or construction of permanent shade structures. A total of $34,000 will be awarded across the country. This includes the cost of materials and installation. Funds will be made payable to your organization.

PLEASE NOTE: Those awarded a grant will receive 50% of the grant at the start of the project and the remaining balance upon project completion.

The following statement must be used on all promotional materials referring to the shade structure:

Supported by the Canadian Dermatology Association Shade Structure Grant Program.

The CDA will provide a plaque for you to place on or near the shade structure to recognize the CDA’s contribution to your organization for purchasing or constructing and installing the shade structure.

If you have any questions about the grant program, please email nlawrence@dermatology.ca.