Over 36 million children age 5-18 compete in sports in the United States every year, according to Statistic Brain Research Institute. Sports and recreation activities get kids moving, which is important in today’s world. To help fund youth sports and recreation programs, check out some hand-selected grant opportunities below.
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This athletic retail store has a foundation with three different grant programs, all of which aim to fund organizations that encourage youth to get active. Programs that serve special needs and disadvantaged children receive special consideration. Only non-profit organizations are eligible; schools cannot apply for this program. The first grant category is the Programmatic Grant which supports needs up to $5,000. These grants are awarded to entities that provide opportunities for kids to participate in youth athletic programs and camps. Legacy Grants range from $10,000-$75,000 and are intended to help build new facilities and/or renovations to existing buildings, grounds, and property. The final category, Founder’s Grants, award $5,000-$25,000 grants for emergency needs. These grants help organizations that due to unforeseen circumstances, like a natural disaster or unforeseen fiscal problem, are unable to provide their services. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a quarterly basis. The next deadline range is April 1-June 30.
Non-profits and schools alike can apply for an equipment grant from the Good Sports Foundation. To be eligible, your organization must serve economically disadvantaged children age 3-18 in an organized sport, recreational activity, or fitness program. Short-term events like sports camps or tournaments are not eligible. Recipients of this grant will gain access to the Good Sports catalog of available inventory, which displays the equipment, apparel, and footwear that are available at the current time. Grantees will be able to use up to six total donation requests over a two-year period, with a maximum of three donation requests per year. A shipping and handling fee is required for each equipment donation. Past awardees have received football helmets, baseball equipment, and tennis balls/rackets. Applications are accepted at any time.
Non-profit organizations that operate youth baseball and/or softball programs and facilities could seek funding from the Major League Baseball Tomorrow Fund. Both entities in the United States and those operating internationally are eligible to apply. These grants are intended to fund programming and facilities, not for general operating expenses or fundraising. The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment. Over 400 grant requests are received annually and only 10% are funded. Applicants are accepted quarterly with the next deadline being April 1. Last year, the Cal Ripken Baseball League in New York received a grant to put synthetic turf on their infield as well as address drainage issues.
Our team of experts can help you find funds for all your pressing needs from school security to municipality projects to non-profit programs in general. The first consultation with a Grant Helper with expertise in your specific area of need is always free. Don’t delay and contact us today.
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