Thank you for your interest in applying for a Gear Up 2 Play Equipment Grant!

For any questions regarding the application, please send an email to

Before you Apply

Review your organization’s eligibility (see Qualifications below)
Confirm availability of necessary funds to have the equipment shipped or delivered (if applicable)

Qualification criteria

  1. Your program must serve economically disadvantaged children, militray chidren, or children or adults with disabilities
  2. Your organization must operate (or wishes to operate) an organized sport, recreational activity or fitness program that offers consistent and structured opportunities for large groups of children with finacial needs.
  3. The program is intended to provide free or low cost equipment/gear to enrichment programs for its participants
  4. Your athletic activities must provide a youth development component. Please note that we DO NOT support organizations whose sole focus is “on the field performance.”

Our Process

  1. Fill out our Online Grant Application
  2. We Will Schedule a call: Once our staff has reviewed your application, we will schedule a site visit during which we will meet in person and take a tour of your facility and review your program.
    If you do not have a site for us to visit, we will schedule an online interview. Please allow gear up 2 play staff 1-2 weeks to process and review your application before scheduling a site visit/interview.
  3. Schedule Equipment Pick-Up/Delivery: Once your application has been approved, an gear up 2 play staff member will set up a time for you to come pick up equipment from our satellite location. For programs outside of the area, we will ship equipment to your location, but you are responsible for the cost of shipping.

All appointments to pick up equipment must be made with at least 24 hours’ notice.

Types of Support

Gear up 2 play offers beneficiaries access to our Gear inventory. This service is primarily for programs within the NYC area, however, any program awarded an equipment grant can take advantage of the Gear inventory if they choose to send a representative.

Each program only needs to apply for an equipment grant one time.

After they are in the system, they do not need to apply again. After the initial meeting, your program representative can email our staff with a date and time to coordinate pickups.

Feel free to utilize our resources as often as you need us!

Grant Recipients Benefits

Access to our gear inventory is on a continuous basis.
A monthly newsletter that lists services that could enhance beneficiary programs and large items that can not be housed in our warehouses, but could be useful. These items will need to be picked up directly by the beneficiary wherever they are located. (ping pong tables, bikes, basketball hoops, lacrosse goals, benches, etc.)


Approved programs have 1 month from the date of a site visit to make their initial equipment pick-up.
A program representative will be required to sign a release form/waiver before the initial visit to the warehouse.
Gear up 2 play staff will inquire about pictures and letters of support from your program to include on our website and on social media, grant applications, and reports.
You will receive a survey 6 months after the initial donation to assess the impact that the donation has made on the program as well as provide a testimonial.

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