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Hennepin Youth Sports Program - 2018 Playground and Spring Equipment Grants

Grants to Hennepin County, Minnesota Municipalities and Schools
for Sports and Recreational Equipment and Playground Installations

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Foundation / Corporation

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Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission - Hennepin County Board of Commissioners

Deadline Date:

03/19/18 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $25,000 to Hennepin County, Minnesota municipalities, school districts, and park districts for sports and recreational equipment and playgrounds installations for youth. Funding is intended to improve recreational opportunities for youth and support collaboration between government units and youth sports organizations.

Types of Grants:

-Equipment Grants: The purpose of the equipment grants is to improve playability, provide enhanced training, and promote stronger relationships between local government units and youth sports organizations.

These criteria will be among those considered in evaluating equipment grant applications:
-Partnerships between local government units and youth sports organizations
-Number of youth served by the organization
-Ratio of the amount of matching funds to the total cost of the equipment
-To the extent possible, grants will be awarded to a variety of sports and recreational activities and distributed to communities throughout Hennepin County

-Pitching machines
-Field maintenance equipment
-Blocking sleds and dummies
-Gymnastics equipment
-Volleyball standards
-Wrestling mats
-Track and field equipment

Note: All equipment must be for association or team use, rather than individuals.

-Playground Grants: The purpose of the playground grants is to build playground structures throughout Hennepin County.

These criteria will be among those considered in evaluating playground grant applications:
- New installations are favored over replacement or renovation
- Number of yearly visits estimate
- Partnerships between local government units and with non-profit organizations
- Ratio of the amount of matching funds to the total cost
- Support of the local community
- Grants will be distributed to communities throughout Hennepin County

Partnerships between local government units can include playgrounds co-located on school and park facilities or other operating arrangements. Partnerships with non-profit organizations can include matching funds from a source outside the LGU making the request or volunteering hours for community build installations. Community support can include letters from parent or neighborhood groups, a public process for seeking community input, or other evidence of community engagement with the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140280

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Equipment awards will be up to $10,000.
Playground awards will be up to $25,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Municipalities, park districts, and school districts are eligible to apply.

A youth sports association or other private non-profit organization must have a local government unit, such as a city, school district, or park district submit the application. The LGU pledges to act as a fiscal agent for the grant and agrees to ensure the grant is used for its intended purpose. The equipment purchased may be owned by either the LGU or the youth sports organization. Applications submitted with the support of a youth sports organization will be preferred.

Facilities on Private Land
A local government unit (LGU) - a city, public school district, or park district - may submit an application for a facility that is located on private land on the behalf of a private entity, such as a charter school, private school or other non-profit organization that will operate the facility. The County Board resolution establishing the Hennepin Youth Sports Program grants does not require a project to be owned by a LGU or to be on public property. The resolution does however require that the applicant be a LGU.

Therefore, in cases where a local government unit is awarded a grant for a facility located on private land, the private land owner must agree to a covenant with the LGU that ensures long-term public access to the facility. It is suggested that the private landowner come to a verbal agreement about this covenant before the application is submitted. Details about the covenant can be found in the document below (See Supporting Documents).

Equipment Grants:
Items worn or used by just one person are not allowed. No application for protective gear, balls, uniforms, gloves, helmets, sticks or bats will receive an award.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 4:00 PM on Monday, March 19, 2018.

Matching funds are a criteria for rating the applications, but are not required. The awards are paid as reimbursement to the local government unit after the equipment has been purchased or the playground structures have been installed and paperwork showing payment has been submitted.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send or deliver applications to the address below. Also send an electronic copy of the application to Mark Erickson, email below.

Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission
1700 - 105th Avenue Northeast
Blaine, Minnesota 55449

Mark Erickson, Program Director

Lynda Lynch, Fiscal Coordinator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Hennepin County