Rental Housing Playground Grant

About the grant

The purpose of the Rental Housing Grant is to provide financial incentives to landlords who serve low- to moderate-income households to add, improve or upgrade playground equipment for their rental properties. The goal of the grant is to increase access to and create equitable play space for all children in the City of Northfield.

Grant amount

The City will match landlord/property owner funds, up to $6,000, paid directly to the installer/playground contractor.

Applications will be accepted until all funds are used. The City of Northfield has designated $150,000 of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal allocation for housing availability and stability. $50,000 is currently budgeted to the Rental Housing Playground Grant Program. 


  • Rental property must be in low- to moderate-income census tracts as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City of Northfield’s census tracts meeting the HUD definition are: 706.01 Block 1, 706.01 Block 3, 706.01 Block 4, and 705.04 Block 2.

View map of qualifying census tracts

  • Must provide a copy of the planned playground schematics, bids received, and the contract with the selected playground installer.
  • The lifespan of the planned playground equipment must be at minimum 10 years. The playground equipment will be installed in such a way that it cannot be readily removed from the property, and becomes a fixed feature.


  • Preference will be given to playground designs that foster inclusivity of those with physical limitations. The City is willing to consider, on a case-by-case basis, additional funds to encourage inclusivity.

Applying for a grant

Applications will be processed first-come; first served. Should there be more applications than budgeted, the City reserves the right to evaluate allocated funding for this program. Contact our housing coordinator to start the process.

  1. Melissa Hanson

    Melissa Hanson

    Housing Coordinator