Grants for sports fields

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Grants for sports fields
Organizations can find funding for sports fields from local professional sports teams. (sports silhouettes image by Slobodan Djajic from

Sports leagues, schools, local government and non-profit organisations can qualify for sports field grants from a variety of sources. Many organisations need funding to help offset the costs for sports programs and field maintenance or renovations. Local companies, sports teams and foundations provide funding for sports fields to groups or organisations in their geographic area.

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National Football League Grant Program

The National Football League, or NFL, and teams associated with the NFL provide funding for football fields through the NFL Grassroots Field Grant Program. This grant program provides up to £130,000 to community based organisations and middle or high schools for field improvements and field surfacing projects. Organizations seeking funding must be located within an area served by an NFL team. Grants for £32,500 may be used for field support projects such as irrigation or lighting. Grants for £65,000 are awarded to organisations and schools using a natural grass or sodded field for field improvements or resurfacing. Grants for £130,000 are awarded for synthetic field projects. There is one deadline annually, but this date varies each year.

NFL Youth Football Fund

NFL Grassroots Program

501 Seventh Ave.

Seventh Floor

New York, NY 10018

Major League Baseball Grant Program

Major League Baseball, or MLB, has created the Baseball Tomorrow Fund in order to provide grants to youth organisations, community organisations and schools for baseball projects. Grants are awarded from this fund for a variety of general expenses, including field construction, maintenance and renovations. Although there is not a set maximum amount that can be awarded, the average grant awarded is £32,500. There are four application deadlines annually: January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund

245 Park Ave.

New York, NY 10167

U.S. Soccer Foundation Grant

The U.S. Soccer Foundation awards field grants to schools, colleges, non-profit organisations and local governments for soccer field development and renovations. General field grants are awarded in amounts up to £65,000 and may be used for irrigation, lighting and field maintenance. Footprint Field, or synthetic field, grants will be awarded in amounts up to £130,000 for the installation of a synthetic field. There is one application deadline in the fall of each year.

U.S. Soccer Foundation

1211 Connecticut Ave., NW

Suite 500

Washington, DC 20036


United States Tennis Association

The United States Tennis Association, or USTA, awards grants to build or renovate new tennis courts through its USTA Public Facility Assistance Program. This grant program provides up to £32,500 to organisations wishing to build a public tennis court or facility. Grant inquiries are accepted throughout the year.

United States Tennis Association

70 West Red Oak Lane

White Plains, New York 10604


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