Toy Industry Foundation Opens 2013 "Play Connects" Grant
Toy Industry Association Members Encouraged to Nominate Local
Charities for up to $10,000
April 16, 2013 | The Toy Industry
Foundation (TIF) has announced that its 2013 Play
Connects grant cycle nomination process opened today (April
16th). Play Connects will provide up to three grants, each
worth up to $10,000, to children’s charities nominated by members of the
Toy Industry Association (TIA). Current TIA member companies are
encouraged to nominate local nonprofit charities for grants that will
impact the lives of children in need within their own communities.
Each TIA member company (full and associate) can nominate one
community-based charity by completing the online Nomination
Form and sending it to TIF’s Marisa Medina on or before
Friday, June 14, 2013. TIF will contact all nominated charities to
complete their applications.
Qualified applications will be reviewed by a Committee comprised of
members from the TIF Board of Trustees. Up to three grant recipients
will be chosen and announced by October 31, 2013.
Thanks to last year’s awarded funds, the 2012 Play Connects grant
recipients were able to expand their programs, by incorporating more
play experiences into the classroom, providing shoes and clothing to
children in need, training parents on developmentally appropriate play
techniques for children with special needs, and distributing bags of
healthy food with nutrition games to low-income students.
Last year’s Play Connects beneficiaries were:
- Community Action Partnership of Orange County in Garden Grove, CA
(Nominated by Bandai America, Inc.)
- Florence Fuller Child Development Centers in Boca Raton, FL
(Nominated by The Bridge Direct)
- National Lekotek Center in Chicago, IL (Nominated by ThinkFun,
- Shoes and Clothes for Kids in Cleveland, OH (Nominated by Good
For more information, please visit PlayConnects.ToyIndustryFoundation.org.