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In-Kind Grants of Equipment to USA Schools and
Community Organizations for Sports Programs for Youth

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US Lacrosse

Deadline Date:

09/20/20 11:59 PM ET


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In-kind grants of sports equipment to USA schools and community organizations to support sports programs for youth between the ages of six and nineteen. Priority is given to programs that serve economically disadvantaged and diverse communities. The purpose of the grant program is to provide organizations with affordable and accessible youth lacrosse activities for their participants.

The grant equipment package options are as follows:

  • The Starter Kit Package provides 30 lacrosse sticks, two dozen soft practice balls, and two 3’x3’ goals to help organizations introduce the sport to new participants! Starter Kit grants also include complimentary US Lacrosse membership for up to 2 adult coaches and up to 30 new youth players.
  • The Youth or High School Team Grant provides enough equipment for 20 field players and 1 goalie. Organizations that receive a Team Grant are required to be participants in the US Lacrosse 100% Membership Program. They will receive complimentary US Lacrosse membership for up to 2 adult coaches and up to 20 new youth or high school players. Priority is given to 14U programs and organizations looking to balance participation equally between boys and girls.

US Lacrosse strives to break down barriers to participation by providing resources, training opportunities, grants, programs, and financial support to qualified organizations. US Lacrosse delivers grants to member organizations and other nonprofit organizations who demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • A spirit of collaboration, partnership, and alliance-building in their community
  • A commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • A willingness to grow a relationship over time with US Lacrosse
  • Experienced and committed local leadership and governance
  • Programming that serves the community and is player-centered
  • Seeks to provide services that are transformative in the lives of the athletes
  • A culture of accountability and commitment to best practices and policies
  • Shared belief in the US Lacrosse mission; giving every child the opportunity to have a great lacrosse experience


  • Preference is given to organizations working with both boys and girls, 
  • Preference is given to programs that demonstrate an ability to reach participants in underrepresented and diverse communities,
  • US Lacrosse prioritizes awarding grants to organizations that require all players and coaches to have a US Lacrosse Membership to participate in their program. If your organization does not currently require US Lacrosse Membership to participate, please visit or contact your Regional Manager to learn more.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations and schools are invited to submit proposals for consideration.

All organizations are required to meet the following criteria:

- Program must directly serve youth between ages 6-19 with a priority on youth ages 14 and under.
- Program must be located in and serve youth within the United States.
- Program must operate an organized sport, recreational activity, or fitness program.
- Program must offer consistent/structured opportunity for lacrosse play to large groups of children.
- Program must deliver programming through experienced and committed leadership.
- Program must deliver a minimum 6-week sports/physical activity program.
- Program must follow the US Lacrosse Native American mascot policy, found here:
- Program must be willing and able to comply with US Lacrosse best practices and Return to Play recommendations, found here:

Applicant Requirements:

- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
- Applicants must be directly associated with the program for with he or she is applying. Physical Education Grant applicants must work for the prospective school.
- Applicants must submit a completed US Lacrosse Proposal form. Due to the competitive nature of the grant process, incomplete proposals will not be eligible for consideration.
- Applicants must be able to provide US Lacrosse with his or her organization’s completed W-9 and Employer Identification Number (EIN). US Lacrosse prioritizes awarding grants to nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation.

Pre-Application Information:

At this time the 2020-21 US Lacrosse Proposal Form for Organizations is available for one cycle, beginning in August 2020.

- August 2020: Proposal Form opens for all applicants.
- September 20, 2020: Proposal Form submissions are due by 11:59 PM ET.
- November 20, 2020: Final notifications of acceptance or declination are emailed to applicants.
- December 20, 2020: All grant recipients must submit their Grant Agreements by 5 PM ET to remain eligible.

Stage 1 - Submit proposal form:
All organizations seeking funding, regardless of the amount or type requested, are required to submit an online Proposal Form.

Within 4-6 weeks of submitting the Proposal Form, organizations will receive one of two responses:
(1) An invitation to complete a full application for a grant or service (see Stage 2).
(2) A brief explanation of why an organization was not invited to formally apply. (i.e., eligibility issues, does not match the US Lacrosse mission, strategic goals, etc.)

Stage 2 - Submit grant application:
Upon invitation, organizations will access a full grant or service application.

Upon receipt of related Grant Agreements and attachments, US Lacrosse will begin the fulfillment process (equipment ordering, confirmations emailed, clinics scheduled, etc.).


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

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If you need assistance, please email

US Lacrosse
2 Loveton Circle
Sparks, MD 21152

Phone: (410) 235-6882
Fax: (410) 366-6735

For questions, please contact your US Lacrosse Regional Manager.

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