Monday, August 09, 2010

Grants for Soccer Programs in Underprivileged U.S. Communities of 50k+; Nonprofits, Schools, Municipalities, Colleges, Universities, or Tribes May Apply

From The Foundation Center...

[If you would like more information about this grant opportunity click "Contact: Link to RFP" at the end of this post].

Deadline: October 29, 2010

U.S. Soccer Foundation Announces Guidelines for 2011 Grant Cycle

Since 1995, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded grants to more than six hundred organizations in all fifty states. The grants support projects throughout the U.S. that focus on keeping children in vulnerable communities active, healthy, and safe from the dangers of the streets.

For the 2011 grants cycle, the foundation's focus will be on projects and programs that develop players, coaches, and referees in economically disadvantaged urban areas encompassing populations of 50,000 or more. The foundation is especially interested in organizations that incorporate a youth development element such as anti-violence, anti-drugs, healthy lifestyles, etc. into their soccer programs.

The foundation's annual grants cycle includes the following grant types.

Program Grants will be awarded for player and team equipment from Kwik Goal and Eurosport (shoes, shin guards, uniforms, traveling goals, balls, cones, etc.); travel costs for games and practice (excludes expenses for professional games); facility rental costs; registration costs; training fees for coaches; and training fees for referees. This grant type does not include any project that contains a construction element. For the 2011 grant cycle, there is a $100,000 maximum request amount for Program Grants.

Field Grants will be awarded for irrigation products from Hunter Irrigation, sports lighting from Musco Sports Lighting, field maintenance equipment from the Toro Company, and modular surfaces from Sport Court. This grant type does not include upgrading an existing field with a synthetic grass surface; these fall within the parameters of the Footprint Fields (Synthetic Field) Grant type. For the 2011 grant cycle, there is a $100,000 maximum request amount for Field Grants.

Footprint Fields (Synthetic Field) Grants will be awarded for the installation of a synthetic field surface from FieldTurf. This grant type includes both new field construction and the upgrading of existing fields with a synthetic field surface. For the 2011 grants cycle, there is a maximum $200,000 request amount for Synthetic Field Grants.

To be eligible for consideration for a grant of any type, applicants must apply on behalf of a program or project operating in the U.S., and be a not-for-profit organization, school, municipality, college or university, public school, or sovereign tribal nation that meets the established focus for the 2011 grant cycle.

To be eligible for consideration for a Field or Footprint Fields (Synthetic Field) Grant, applicants must own or have a minimum ten year lease/land use agreement on the land where the field building project will take place, and have written authorization from the community where the field-building project will take place to add lights to the field(s) (if applying for lights as part of the project).

The grant application will open October 1, 2010. The foundation is holding Q & A Calls in August to answer questions and prepare applications for the upcoming grant cycle. Information is available at the foundation Web site.

1 comment:

vuki said...

We see that this Program is for U.S. states. Dose anyone know for similar programs that support soccer in EU countries?!