Are you looking for funding opportunities for youth athletics? Whether it is soccer, tennis, football, baseball, or something else, if it is an established sport, chances are there is a foundation out there to help you encourage new aficionados and sustain your program. Here are just a few of the many organizations to get you started!
The U.S. Soccer Foundation
Safe Places to Play is a funding opportunity from the U.S. Soccer foundation that helps build either indoor or outdoor soccer fields. The field may even be used for other purposes so long as it is used for soccer the majority of the time. They have both rolling and annual grants, so it is a good idea to check their website frequently for the next cycle of deadlines. Local governments, nonprofits and school districts are eligible to apply.
United States Tennis Association (USTA): Facility Assistance Program
The USTA provides resources to help build or renovate tennis facilities to promote the game. Selected communities will receive a project consultant who will provide personalized support to ensure that project gets off the ground. Local governments, school districts and other academic institutions are eligible. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.There are also state chapters that provide funds to entities within their particular state.
If LaCrosse is your fancy, US LaCrosse has several programs and grants to further your passion. From equipment grants to diversity and inclusion programs, LaCrosse aficionados will find it here. Local government, Native American Tribes, school districts and others are all eligible.
Smarter Football from Riddell
Riddell's 2016 Smarter Football Program was designed to encourage smarter, safer football with a special emphasis on protecting athletes and using football as a way to bring communities together. Check their website to find out about current deadlines. In the meantime, there are tips and discussions boards to help all players achieve a safer, smarter game.
Justin J. Watt Foundation – After School Sports
This program provides equipment, safety equipment, uniforms and more to help middle school kids get hooked on sports for the character development, accountability, teamwork, and leadership skills athletics help develop. Lets not forget fun! This program’s ultimate goal is to let kids be kids! Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. School districts and nonprofits may apply. Programs must benefit students in the 6th thru 8th grades.
American Academy of Dermatology (AAD): Shade Structure Grant Program
To help protect young athletes from skin cancer, the ADD is offering grants to public schools and nonprofits to install shade structures for playgrounds, swimming pools, ball field dugouts, eating places and other recreational areas to help protect against ultraviolet radiation. Winning organizations should help educated youth 18 years old or younger on sun safety. The application process runs from September thru November.
Play in the Big Leagues
Major league teams in all sports categories often give back to the community. Our Getting In Kind Donations From Professional Sports Teams article offers links and suggestions for getting donations from the big guys for projects on and off the field.
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