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Grants for School Nutrition Programs

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

One in six children struggles with hunger in America. Organizations are trying to curb childhood hunger by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfasts and increased access to fruits and vegetables during the school day. Below are some grants that can assist in making sure no child goes hungry.15629560406_d972956f8c_q.jpg

Team Nutrition Training Grant

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers this competitive grant program for state agencies to implement and evaluate nutrition education, training, and technical assistance activities to support implementation of USDA nutrition standards for meals and snacks offered through the Child Nutrition Programs. State agencies that administer the Child Nutrition Programs are eligible to apply. Grants of up to $500,000 may be requested. Deadline for application is May 22.

Breakfast Building Grant Program

Pinnacle Food Services wants to ensure every child has access to the most important meal of the day – breakfast. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to implement ideas for breakfast programs. K-12 public and private schools or districts that participate in the USDA School Breakfast Program are eligible to apply. Schools must also have a reimbursable breakfast average daily participation of less than 40% to apply. Grants are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools

How would you like a new salad bar in your school? This grant program, launched in 2010 as a partnership among several organizations, aims to get more fruits and vegetables in schools by providing a full salad bar and related equipment. Any school, public or private, participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply for the grant. The 6-foot, five-well salad bar package is for locations that serve at least 100 reimbursable meals daily. Schools can help themselves with this grant as, once accepted, they will be listed on a donation page on this website. While waiting for more grant funding to be available, schools can receive donations to help reach their goal of getting a salad bar faster. It can take up to 12 months for a salad bar(s) to be fully funded depending on the number of schools waiting in the queue. Applications are accepted on a year-round basis.

Project Produce

Skoop and the Chef Ann Foundation have teamed up to offer Project Produce grants, a way to get fresh fruits and vegetables as well as nutrition education in schools. Grants total $2,500 and must be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is eligible to apply. Schools with a 50% or higher participation in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program are strongly encouraged to apply. Currently this program is not accepting applications as it searches for more funding. Despite that, we felt this program was worthwhile enough to highlight and get on your radar. Check back on the website often for updates on when applications will be accepted again.


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Three Ways to Fund Recreation Centers with Grants

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 19:04 PM

14005685739_6542fa17ea_q.jpgFinding grants for recreation centers provides a great example of looking at a wide variety of funding categories. One such category is grants for overall community betterment, which can include recreation centers. Take a look at the Corning Foundation grant below for an opportunity in this category. Recreation centers can also be funded by grants that help prevent obesity and keep people active. The Children’s Obesity Fund, detailed below, will fits that category. Sports are often a large part of recreation centers, so grants that support sports needs are another funding category. Check out the details of the Finish Line Youth Foundation grant program for an example of this category.

Corning Foundation Incorporated

Under its community heading, the Corning Foundation Incorporated grant program helps fund organizations that create a lasting impact on a community. Non-profit organizations in the following communities where Corning has a presence are eligible to apply: Blacksburg, VA; Canton, NY; Concord, NC; Corning-Elmira, NY; Durham, NC; Fairport, NY; Glendale, AZ; Harrodsburg, KY; Hickory, NC; Keene, NH; Keller, TX; Kennebunk, ME; Middlesex Valley, MA; Oneonta, NY; Palo Alto, CA; Wilmington, NC; and Winston-Salem, NC. Priority is given to those projects that have multiple investors as opposed to reliance on a single donor. Currently, the foundation makes grants totaling more than $5 million in giving annually. Grants are accepted on a year round basis.

Children’s Obesity Fund

Grants to keep kids active and healthy would be a great way to help fund a recreation center. The Children’s Obesity Fund supports non-profit organizations dedicated to ending the epidemic of children’s obesity. Instead of giving detailed criteria for what and whom it funds, this organization would prefer you fill out an application and then respond to tell you if you qualify for funding. Grant funding varies based on an organization’s need and mission. Since they gained 501(c)(3) status in 2014, they don’t have a long giving history.  But one grant recipient was Goal4Health Youth Soccer League, a Christian community youth soccer league for kids ages 4-12 and a separate league for adult women living in the San Bernardino area.

Finish Line Youth Foundation

Sports are often an integral part of a recreation center. The Finish Line Youth Foundation has three different grant programs that can help fund sports needs. Non-profit organizations hoping to create programs focused on active lifestyles and youth athletic teams should look to the programmatic grant category. This category of grant will not be enough to build a recreation center but instead can help fund specific sports program in the recreation center. These grants can be up to $5,000. Programs that serve disadvantaged and special needs kids will receive special consideration. Legacy Grants are the second funding area and these grants fund new facilities or improvements or renovations to existing buildings/property. These grants range from $10,000-$75,000. The third grant category is for $5,000-$25,000 and helps fund emergency needs that arise in the case of a natural disaster. Grants are accepted Jan. 1-March 31, April 1-June 30, July 1-Sept. 30, and Oct. 1-Dec. 31. is a full-service grant company with a wide variety of services. We can help you with every step of the grant process from program development to grant writing to program management. Get started with a free consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers.


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Grants for Food Pantries

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Apr 5, 2017 @ 14:04 PM

8508069576_c95a895136_m.jpgOne of the most frequent requests we receive is for food pantry programs and projects. Below are several hand-selected grant opportunities that can assist your food program and make sure every person goes to bed with a full stomach.


Applications are due May 15 for grant funding from the Ameriprise Foundation. Non-profit organizations dedicated to meeting basic needs like helping people find their next meal are eligible to apply. Grants under the hunger heading must support areas such as food banks, food shelves, food programs, and hunger-relief programs. Nutrition education, cooking instruction, and gardening programs are not eligible. In 2016 Ameriprise awarded 181 grants, including national grants to Feeding America and the American Red Cross, as well as local grants in 31 states and Washington, D.C. The Northern Illinois Foodbank in Chicago was a previous grant recipient. If the May 15 deadline is too quick for you (though we can help with rush deadlines) this organization has another grant deadline of Jan. 15.


Programs that provide clean water, food, shelter, disaster response, and other essential prerequisites to self-sufficiency are eligible for grant funding from Cisco. Cisco looks for innovative solutions to deliver grantee services more effectively and efficiently. Special consideration is also given to programs hoping to fund design and implementation of web-based tools that increase the availability of, or improve access to, products and services that are necessary for people to survive and thrive. Applicant organizations in the United States must be deemed non-profit by the IRS, and organizations outside the United States must provide information and documents to determine whether the organization is the equivalent of a U.S. public charity. Schools, libraries, museums, and hospitals are not eligible to apply. Applications are accepted year round.

Conagra Brands

Through its community impact grant program, Conagra helps fund programs that improve food access and nutrition education. U.S. non-profit organizations can apply. Eligible projects must have a clear community focus. Preference is given to organizations to high-impact projects and projects that occur in and near communities where Conagra employees live and work. Applications are due by the end of this month, April 30.

The Barrett Bateman Foundation 

The focus of this private foundation is on those that are disadvantaged because of poverty, homelessness, hunger, or other factors. The foundation seeks to serve those who might not otherwise gain the attention and assistance of other charitable organizations. Non-profit organizations in the United States are eligible to apply. All applicants must submit a written application form that is made available on the web site, a recent budget showing their activities, and proof of a 501(C)(3) status. The board of directors meets quarterly and accepts applications throughout the calendar year.


There is an abundance of grants available for food pantries and food banks. These are just a few of the opportunities available. We can help you find more opportunities with a specialized Grant Opportunity Search. Contact to see how we can find the grant you need.

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Mentoring Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 @ 09:03 AM

6882910429_c84a48e043_q.jpgNine million young people in America are in need of a trusted adult in their lives to guide them in moments big and small. Plus, millions of adults need mentoring for workforce development and skills training. Whether your organization helps mentor the young or the young at heart, take a look at the grant opportunities below.

Allstate Foundation

Municipal and state governments as well as non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding from the Allstate Foundation. One of the two focus areas is youth empowerment. The programs they support are focused in three areas:

  1. Giving youth the tools and resources to be leaders
  2. Creating a social movement to showcase youth as change makers and problem solvers
  3. Differentiating Allstate as a youth empowerment thought leader

Youth mentoring programs are specifically mentioned as a priority and have been funded in the past by this grant program. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Ralph and Eileen Swett Foundation

This private foundation is focused on making an impact on people’s lives, including influencing and educating youth with mentoring programs. Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. The grant money must be pivotal to the organization's ability to expand, create new services, or otherwise support people in need. The Swett Foundation is currently accepting applications for 2017. Grant amounts will be dependent upon the foundation's financial status. Awards generally do not exceed $50,000, but may be more in case of exceptional qualifications. According to the foundation’s website, the trustees are hoping to have another grant meeting in late April or May of this year, and applications for consideration then should be submitted as soon as possible so that trustees have time to complete their due diligence. 

Bank of America

This Request for Proposal recently closed with a deadline in February, yet it is worth putting on the calendar for next funding cycle. Bank of America funds projects that help with workforce development and workforce education. Support is available to non-profit organizations providing access to skills training, credentialing. and programs that enable individuals to connect to jobs and develop a stronger financial future. Activities may include career counseling, training, skills building, and others. This program also supports youth employment, and will fund organizations that help with mentoring and skills training.

We can help your organization by finding mentoring programs or funding for other programs in your interest area. We offer value in every conversation and would love to start a conversation with you. Contact us today for free consultation.  

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U.S. Department of Justice Grant Opportunities

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

11049360306_d592c79c3d_q.jpgWe are waiting patiently for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant application window to open. The package of four grant programs includes the COPS Hiring Program (CHP), the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) largest and most popular grant program. CHP funds the hiring and rehiring of entry-level career law enforcement officers, including school resource officers. The other three COPS grant programs include: Community Policing Development, Anti-Heroin Task Force, and Anti-Methamphetamine Task Force. At this time last year, the deadline for 2016 had already been announced. We are continually checking on the status of the program so check back to this blog often to find out when this prevalent program opens up.

Until that time, there are several other DOJ grant programs currently accepting applications. Here are the details and deadlines on some of them.

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

This grant program seeks to increase public safety by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse treatment systems.  The intent is to increase access to mental health and other treatment services for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.  Eligible applicants include states, local governments, and federally-recognized tribal governments. However, proposals must demonstrate that the proposed project will be administered jointly by an agency with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency. Applications are due by April 4.

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program

The goal of this program to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive diversion and alternatives to incarceration programs that expand outreach, treatment, and recovery efforts to individuals impacted by the opioid epidemic who come into contact with justice system. There are six different categories in this DOJ program. See below for eligibility and grant amounts. Specifics on each category can be found on the website. Two or more entities can apply for the grant together. Applications are due April 25.

  1. Overdose Outreach Projects: Local governments and Indian tribes can apply to this program with a maximum grant award of $300,000.
  2. Technology-Assisted Treatment Projects: State agencies are eligible to apply. This includes state administrative offices, state criminal justice agencies, and other state agencies involved with the provision of substance use disorder services to justice-involved individuals. The maximum grant is $750,000.
  3. System-level Diversion and Alternatives to Incarceration Projects: Local governments and Indian tribes can apply to this program that has a grant ceiling of $400,000.
  4. Statewide Planning, Coordination, and Implementation Projects: Applicants are limited to the State Administering Agency (SAA) responsible for directing criminal justice planning or the State Alcohol and Substance Abuse Agency. The maximum grant is $850,000.
  5. Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Implementation and Enhancement Projects: Applicants are limited to state governments that have a pending or enacted enabling statute or regulation requiring the submission of controlled substance prescription data to an authorized state agency. The grant award is no greater than $400,000.
  6. Data-driven Responses to Prescription Drug Misuse: Applicants are limited to state agencies and units of local government located in states with existing and operational prescription drug monitoring programs. State agencies may be awarded $1 million and local government have a ceiling of $600,000.

Training and Technical Assistance to Support the Protection of Constitutional Rights Under the Sixth Amendment

The Sixth Amendment gives defendants in criminal trials several different rights, including the right to counsel. The DOJ believes the right to counsel in juvenile and misdemeanor cases has yet to be fully realized. The purpose of this training and technical assistance program is to ensure states and local governments are provided with the tools to meet the obligation of the Sixth Amendment. The grant provides research-based, data-driven information and resources. The deadline is May 16.

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Posted by Tammi Hughes on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

10929981884_6966bc91d5_q.jpgAccording to the National Center for College and Career Transitions, about 20 percent of careers - in fact, many of the fastest growing ones - require proficiency in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Add in the area of Arts education, and STEAM is now at the forefront of education as well. Below are some grants that will help fund STEAM and STEM in schools across the country.

The American Honda Foundation

The American Honda Foundation supports youth programs with a focus on STEM. This foundation has awarded more than $37 million to organizations serving over 117 million people in every state in the U.S. Non-profit organizations as well as public and private school districts are eligible to apply. The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period. The average size of AHF's grants is $45,000 for the one-year funding cycle. Organizations that have never been awarded a grant from this foundation have an Aug. 1 submission deadline. Any organization that has received an American Honda Foundation grant in the past 10 years have a May 1 deadline.

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation

This private foundation does not have set priorities for its grants. Instead it just wants the money to have the largest impact possible. The Foundation provides support for specific projects or activities of an organization, as well as for operating support. Non-profit organizations and schools throughout the United States are eligible to apply. Grant awards typically range from $1,000 to $20,000. The deadline for application submission is May 10.

Exelon Foundation

Math and science are specifically mentioned as a focus for the Exelon Foundation’s education grant program. Grants are awarded to non-profit organizations and schools where Exelon employees and customers live and work. Exelon has companies in 48 states. In 2016, this foundation awarded over $10 million in grants to its education initiatives. A past winner was Green Street Academy in Baltimore, for a project focusing on new electric vehicle and photovoltaic technologies. This team-based after-school program inspired students to think differently about energy - and themselves. Grant applications are accepted year-round.

Community Action Grants

Community Action Grants provide funds to individuals as well as to local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls. Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Nonprofit organizations must be based in the United States. Grant projects must have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K–12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math. There are one-year and two-year grants. One-year grants provide funding for community-based projects and should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equality for women and girls. Two-year grants are given to new projects that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. Applications are accepted Aug. 1-Jan. 15.

Whether you need grants for STEAM or STEM or something completely different, we can help. Contact us to start a free consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers.

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A Team Approach to Grant Funding

Posted by Carol Timms on Thu, Mar 9, 2017 @ 09:03 AM

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Grant seekers can often get more grant dollars by considering the various aspects of their programs that can attract funding. For example, a homeless program for men could look for funders interested in any of a number of categories including:

  • Homelessness
  • Veterans affairs
  • Food insecurity
  • Education and training
  • Life skills
  • Mental health/substance abuse
  • Financial literacy

By developing a database of potential funders for each of these categories, an organization could build a sustainable funding model not reliant on any one source.

Multiple Sources of Grant Funds for a Single Project

There are times when a project requires more funding than can reasonably be attained through a single funder. Often, these are short-term efforts such as construction programs. In those cases, a team approach to funding may be beneficial to all concerned.

Using the a homeless shelter as an example, consider the potential funders and messages associated with a project to build a dozen tiny houses for shelter residents. The first step would be to identify potential funders based on the various aspects of the project. In this example, the shelter might look for funders who could provide:

  • Land
  • Materials
  • Labor
  • Financing
  • Furnishings
  • Landscaping
  • Home ownership training

Step two is for the organization to look at each funder as part of a team, considering questions such as:

  • Who benefits from working together?
  • Are there natural alliances among the team members?
  • Are there obvious competitors?
  • Are there opponents to the project and how do they affect the potential funders?
  • How will each organization benefit from supporting the project?
  • Who would be interested in naming rights?
  • Is there positive or negative history among the organizations that wouldn’t be obvious based on their missions?
  • Are there individuals with an interest in the project who can make introductions to decision makers for potential funders?
  • Is there an order in which solicitations are made that are most beneficial for the project?

Step three is to identify a small number of founding sponsors from the larger list. These are the sponsors who would provide the essential elements of the project. It’s best to secure them prior to making the project public. Initial solicitation messages to these organizations should be crafted based on their individual priorities.

After the founding sponsors have been identified and are ready to step forward as a cohesive project core, appeals to other potential funders can begin.

Ongoing Acknowledgement

The final step in this team approach is to routinely – throughout the construction and implementation of the project – acknowledge all sponsors in ways that best meet their needs. The goodwill generated by the project will not only solidify the success of this particular effort but will enable the organization to continue generating funds for basic and future programing.

The Grant Helpers can assist your organization in developing a strategy for long-term or project-specific funding. Contact us for more information.


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Disaster Relief, Preparedness Grants

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 @ 12:03 PM

3791340426_2b3d6b15b2_q.jpgAs the thunder rolls and the threat of tornados lurks in our home state of Illinois we thought it an appropriate time to share grants that help prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, both natural and man made. Read below for three grants that can help your organization be prepared.

Hospital Preparedness Program

The Department of Health and Human Services wants to ensure communities are prepared for public health emergencies. The hospital preparedness grant program is intended to support the U.S. public health and healthcare systems. Eligible applicants include state, city, or county governments. Grant money is intended to be used to build and sustain their public health and healthcare preparedness capabilities, ensuring that federal preparedness funds are directed to priority areas within their jurisdictions as identified through their strategic planning efforts. Awardees must assure that their implementation activities and programs effectively meet the needs of at-risk individuals. Deadline for application submission is April 3. The minimum grant award is $300,000, with an award ceiling of $42 million.

Kiwanis Children’s Fund

Build a relationship with your local Kiwanis Club in order to be a recipient of a grant from the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. These disaster relief grants are intended to help Kiwanis clubs and districts meet crucial, immediate needs. Grants are designed to support Kiwanis-led relief efforts to meet the most urgent needs of victims immediately following natural disasters. The grant money must be used to address the immediate needs of disaster victims in the wake of a natural disaster. Types of activities supported include: food, bottled water, clothing, first aid supplies, cleaning supplies, and toiletries. This grant is not available to address long-term needs that may include building or rebuilding homes and replacing personal and household items. In the event of an emergency, contact your local Kiwanis club for assistance.

FEMA Non-Disaster Grants

The Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) non-disaster grant programs provide funding to enhance state and emergency responders to prevent, respond to, and recover from terrorism incidents. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as to transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. Dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention throughout the country to prepare for, prevent, and respond to pre-operational activity and other crimes that are precursors or indicators of terrorist activity. Last year, eight different grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion were funded. Last year applications were due in April. The deadlines for 2017 have not been announced yet.

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Grants for Summer Education

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 @ 15:02 PM

A unique aspect for grants for education is that there are a lot of opportunities for individual teachers as well as for districts as a whole. In this blog, we take a look at grants for individual teachers or teams of teachers for the summer months. Additionally, we have added in one for school districts 3810845331_2bd1910c70_q.jpgand organizations that can provide educational opportunities in the summer months.


ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

ExxonMobile has created the Teachers Academy. The academy offers a five-day program designed to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students to pursue careers in science and math. Beginning in 2008, the academy expanded opportunities for teachers across the country to apply by launching, an interactive website that allows students to nominate their third- through fifth-grade teacher to be one of the 150 teachers selected to attend the national conference. At least one teacher from every state is chosen to hone his or her math and science skills and to excite students in these subjects. Teachers are also able to self-nominate for consideration. This year’s conference will be held in Texas at the end of June. To apply or nominate a teacher, visit the website above.

Fund for Teachers

Fund for Teachers awards summer fellowship grants to pre-K-12 grade teachers to pursue self-designed professional learning. Teachers decide what they want to learn and where they want to learn it. Full-time pre-K-12th grade teachers who have at least three years experience and who spend at least 50% of their work week in direct classroom instruction are eligible to apply. The 2017 grants have already been awarded. The 2018 grant application will be available on Oct. 1 with a deadline of Jan. 31, 2018. Awards will be made on April 5, 2018. Individuals may apply for up to $5,000 and teams may apply for up to $10,000. In 2016, a teacher from Connecticut attended a Creativity Workshop in Greece and another teacher in studied art in Paris.



The Captain Planet Foundation 

The Captain Plant Foundation funds as many small project grants, between $500 and $2,500, as its yearly resources allow. With rolling deadlines throughout the year, Captain Planet grants are awarded to schools and non-profit organizations for student-led, project-based environmental programs. Organizations can apply online now. Captain Planet funds projects that get kids involved in protecting the earth and using its resources. The next deadline is Sept. 30.

Look Local

There are many foundations that provide funding for summer education programs in a specific geographic area. For example, the Annie E. Casey Foundation supports summer youth camps and educational programs in its home state of Baltimore. The Fund for Greater Hartford provides these grants for areas in Connecticut. If you need help locating grant opportunities in your local area, comment on this blog or contact us today!

No matter which grant you chose, consider We can help you find the grant that fits you best with our search experience and subscriptions to many grant database services. Contact to see how we can find the grant you need, write and review the proposal, and help get you the funds you need. 


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Grants for Sports

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 @ 16:02 PM

9907016965_25da1b3eec_q.jpgThe Super Bowl champs have been crowned. Hockey and basketball teams are looking toward the playoffs. Pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training, which for some baseball fanatics may be bigger than that other holiday that occurred this week. We want to keep that momentum going and help out sports teams that may not get all the headlines. Below read about a few hand-selected grants for athletic teams of all sizes and types.

  Insider Tip: Most professional sports leagues, teams, and even players have foundations that support sports causes. A good place to start for funding for your team is your specific sports major league.  Two prime examples are The U.S. Soccer Foundation and Major League Baseball, both which have grant programs.  

DICK’s Sporting Goods Foundation

This sports retailer believes every child should have the opportunity to participate in a sport. That is why it operates the Sports Matter grant program. The program supports leagues, teams, athletes, and outdoor enthusiasts. Items like equipment, facility rental, transportation, lodging, player or team registration fees, sports camp registration fees, and more are covered expenses. Due to the large volume of inquiries, all requests must be submitted at least one month prior to the start of your season. Applications are accepted year round. Additionally, public and public charter school teams also have the opportunity to submit a Sports Matter crowdfunding project through For a limited time, the DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation will fund the project once donors fund the first half on eligible team sports projects.


Large-scale non-profit organizations inside and outside the United States are eligible to apply for grant funding from ESPN. Public K-12 or school districts are included in this eligibility. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. This program has four program funding priorities:

  1. Good Neighbor – ESPN tries to make a difference in communities where they have a presence. They also hope to support organizations that provide social services to those in greatest need, make arts and cultural experiences accessible, and work to protect and preserve the environment for generations to come.
  2. Access to Sports – Programs hoping to fund the creation of safe places to play and youth sports programs, as well as equipment for these teams, are preferred.
  3. Leadership Through Sports – Programs that use sports to help youth develop physically, mentally, emotionally, as well as those that help bridge the gaps between gender and socioeconomic status, are favored as well.
  4. Environmental Sustainability – Grant money is aimed toward organizations that are working to protect and preserve the places where fans, employees and communities will play sports for generations to come.

International Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI)

This grant program through the U.S. Department of State is open to U.S. public and private non-profit organizations. Proposals must be for exchange projects designed to reach underserved youth and/or their coaches/sports administrators who manage youth sports programs. These eligible programs could aim to reach a wide variety of people including at-risk youth, women, minorities, people with disabilities, and non-English speakers. This year the organization is seeking proposals that address social change. The website goes into further detail about that goal. The proposal submission period is now open with applications accepted until March 17. Three $600,000 grants will be awarded. An example of a recently funded program is a group of female youth basketball players and coaches from the country of Georgia and Moldova visited George Mason University.

If you are interested in any of these grant opportunities, or want to find out if there are more grants that can help your organization, please contact us today. The first consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers is always free!


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