Grant funding is a distinctive feature of our annual Play Conference, and we are proud to have awarded $41,000 in funding to date. At The Play Conference 2016: Rebooting Play the new grant winners were announced. The review process was challenging as we had a record number of outstanding submissions this year.
Each year a $3,000 research seed grant is awarded to researchers who present empirical research at The Play Conference to support new, innovative and thoughtful work on the value of play. This is seed funding in support of longitudinal or future research in diverse topics related to play, and grant recipients’ work reflects great potential for expanding knowledge in the field. This year, much of the funding for the research seed grant came from our first ever Giving TuesPLAY initiative.
The 2016 Research Seed Grant was awarded to Debbie Rhea and Alexander Rivchun from Texas Christian University for their project, “The effects of play and character development on classroom behaviors and attentional fatigue in public school grades K & 1.”
In addition to the research grant, $1000 action grants are awarded to support creative and innovative proposals to engage groups in play or to educate about the value of play. This year we had two partners supporting our action grants, Genius of Play and IPA-USA. We also had funding from our Giving TuesPLAY initiative.
There were three projects that each received a 2016 Action Grant:
– The Playworker Project, Megan Dickerson from The New Children’s Museum
– Using an Outdoor Classroom to Extend Learning through Play, Kristine Jenkins from First Steps South Carolina
– Playing for a Change in Elementary Schools, Sondra Smith-Adcock from University of Florida