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

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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