Stevenson Elementary was one of 37 schools selected out of an applicant pool of 500 to receive the $8,000 grant, officials said.
The entire project is expected to cost between $20,000 and $25,000 depending on additional state and district requirements.
Although the grant was awarded in July, Made in the Shade is still struggling to pull together the last of the funds to build the proposed structures.
"We have a sense of urgency because we have the money and an approved estimate, but we have to begin the project within a year," said Melissa Boag, a member of Families for Stevenson and mother of a third-grader at the school.
The grant does not allow the recipients to begin construction before all the money is in place for the project.
"We're really trying to ramp it up to get those last dollars," Boag said.
The most recent fundraiser encouraged children to ask for $5 for a foot of shade.
The group has raised money in the past through selling gift cards and rewards programs with local grocery and retail stores. Boag and others in the parent group plan to appeal to local businesses and corporations for the final amount.
The grant also requires a sun safety education program in the school curriculum, which kicked off Wednesday.
"We encourage our kids to wear hats and use sunscreen," said Stevenson Elementary School Principal Debbie Ginnetti. "This is about working with parents and educating both them and their children."