Monday, October 31, 2011

Three Different Grants For Atheletics and Sports: U.S. Soccer for Youth, U.S. Football for Youth, and U.S. Girls Sports Ages 8 - 13

These Grant Opportunities Are Not Related and Each Are Separate Opportunities From Different Grant Donors:

[If you are interested in more information on any of these grant opportunities, then click "Link to Complete RFP" for the pertinent grant opportunity, at the end of its grant description].

1. U.S. Soccer Foundation Invites Applications for Social Innovation Fund Subgrant Program

Deadline: December 22, 2011

The U.S. Soccer Foundation is offering the opportunity for organizations around the United States to apply for the 2012 Soccer for Success Social Innovation Fund Subgrant. The 2012 Soccer for Success SIF Subgrant will support the replication of Soccer for Success, the foundation's free after-school youth development soccer program, which was designed to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities.

The subgrant program seeks to invest in nonprofit organizations serving economically disadvantaged youth in grades K-8.

Grant awards will range from $100,000 to $300,000 based on the number of children served and applicant's ability to provide matching funds. Grants will be funded for two years.

The application window for the 2012 Soccer for Success SIF Subgrant cycle opened on October 27, 2011, and will close on December 22, 2011.

Visit the U.S. Soccer Foundation Web site for complete program information and the application.

2. National Football League Grassroots Field Grant Program Offers Funding to Improve Youth Football Fields

Deadline: December 16, 2011

The NFL Youth Football Fund Grassroots Program, a partnership of the National Football League Youth Football Fund and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, provides financial and technical assistance to nonprofits working to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of youth football fields in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

In order to be eligible for a grant, projects must be sponsored by community-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations or middle or high schools. In addition, all organizations applying for funds must be located specifically and exclusively within NFL target markets and serve low- to moderate-income areas within those markets.

There are two levels of support:
General Field Support: Applicants may submit requests of up to $50,000 for capital projects not associated with the actual field surface(e.g., installation/refurbishment of bleachers, concession stands, lights, irrigation systems).

Field Surface Grants: Matching grants of up to $200,000 are available to help finance the resurfacing of a community, middle school, or high school football field and the installation of synthetic sports turf. A smaller number of matching grants of up to $100,000 will be available to help finance the resurfacing of a community, middle school, or high school football field utilizing natural grass/sod surfaces. Funds from the program must be used for capital expenditures only and may not be used to maintain field surfaces.

Visit the LISC Web site for the complete Request for Proposals, list of eligible target markets, and an FAQ.

3. Women's Sports Foundation Invites Grant Applications for Pennsylvania GoGirlGo! Funding Program

Deadline: November 28, 2011

The Women’s Sports Foundation created its GoGirlGo! program to give girls access to physical activity. GoGirlGo! grants support sports/physical activity programs seeking to add new or expand program participation opportunities for an underserved population of girls, particularly economically disadvantaged girls and/or girls from populations with high incidences of health-risk behaviors. These programs must combine athletic instruction with the delivery of the GoGirlGo! curriculum by qualified adults.

The GoGirlGo! Pennsylvania Grant program is designed to recognize deserving nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in the state that seek to enhance the lives of girls between the ages of 8 and 13 through sports and physical activity. Programs must deliver a minimum eight-week sports/physical activity program, with preference given to organizations working consistently with girls throughout the year.

With support from the Hershey Company, the Pennsylvania program will award a total of $40,000 in grants. The maximum grant amount is $10,000. Award funds may be used for athletic equipment, supplies, facility rental, league/tournament fees, travel, coaching, scholarships, and/or program administration expenses. Funds may only be used for girls’ sports/physical activity programs.

Visit the Women's Sports Foundation Web site for the complete Pennsylvania GoGirlGo! Request for Proposals, application form, and an FAQ. GoGirlGo! RFPs for other communities will be available in 2012.

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