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Hennepin Youth Sports Program (HYSP) - Facility Grant and Fall Equipment Grant

Grants to Hennepin County, Minnesota Local Governments, School Districts,
and Park Districts for Youth Sports Facility and Equipment Improvements

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Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission - Hennepin Youth Sports Program (HYSP)

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11/05/18 4:00 PM


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Grants to Hennepin County, Minnesota municipalities, school districts, and park districts for recreational and athletic facility creation, expansion, or improvement, as well as to purchase athletic equipment. Funding is intended to develop facilities for youth sports and recreation.

Funding is provided in two separate grants: Facility Grants and Equipment Grants.

Facility Grants:

These criteria will be among those considered in evaluating facility grant applications:
- Partnerships among local government units and between local government units and nonprofit organizations
- Creating new or expanded athletic or recreational opportunities for youth
- Improving the conditions at current athletic or recreational facilities
- Ratio of the amount of matching funds to the total project cost
- Community support for the project
- Number of youth served and their demographic characteristics
- Environmental improvements
- Stewardship of current athletic facilities and financial sustainability of project
- Equitable distribution throughout Hennepin County

Examples of eligible projects include baseball and softball fields, soccer, football and lacrosse fields, tennis courts hockey rinks, skate parks, gymnasiums, lights, synthetic turf, adaptive recreation facilities, and pools and water parks.

Hennepin County will favor proposals that create, enhance and support partnerships among public entities as well as those between public entities and private non-profit organizations. Operating agreements that provide opportunities that do not currently exist in the community, bring new users to the facility, or expand capacity or hours will be preferred.

Equipment Grants:

The purpose of the equipment grants will be to improve playability, provide enhanced training, and promote stronger relationships between local government units and youth sports associations.

Examples of eligible requests include: goals and nets, pitching machines, field maintenance equipment, backboards, blocking sleds and dummies, gymnastics and tumbling equipment, volleyball standards, wrestling mats, and track and field equipment.

These criteria will be among those considered in evaluating equipment grant applications:
- Partnerships between local government units and non-profit organizations
- Number of youth that will use the equipment and their demographic characteristics
- 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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161628

Estimated Size of Grant:

Facility Grants will range from $10,000 to $300,000.

Equipment awards will be up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Facility Program: The project is required to be completed by June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Hennepin Youth Sports Program makes grants to local governments to improve youth athletic and recreation facilities and purchase capital equipment.

Facility Grant Guidelines:
- No awards may be used for programming, operations or maintenance of any facility.
- Award recipients are prohibited from converting any portion of the project to non-public or non-recreational uses or transferring ownership of the property without the approval of Hennepin County.
- Recipients may contract operations and maintenance to a non-public entity, but ownership and operational responsibility must remain with the local government unit.
- Charter schools and youth sports associations must enlist a local government unit to submit the application for a facility not located on the property of a municipality, park district or school district.
- If the facility site is privately owned, the owner must agree to a covenant with the local government unit to ensure long-term public access to the facility. See “Facilities on Private Land” at for more details about this covenant.

Fall Equipment Grant Guidelines:
A youth sports association or other private non-profit organization must have a local government unit, such as a city, park district or school district, submit the application. The local government unit 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 local government unit or the youth sports association. Youth sports associations should be in good standing within their communities and have a tradition of providing quality sports programming.

Athletic Departments, Community Education, and other subsidiaries of school districts are not partners for the purposes of this program.

All equipment must be for association or team use – items worn or used by just one person are not allowed. No request for balls, uniforms, gloves, helmets, sticks or bats will receive awards. In addition, sound systems are not eligible for awards.

Pre-Application Information:

Send or deliver three sets of the application by 4:00 PM on November 5, 2018 to the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission. Also send an electronic copy of the application by the same time to George Ellis, email below.

Facility Grants: Applicants are required to provide some matching funds of monetary and/or in-kind contributions. The ratio of matching funds to the total project cost will be a criteria considered in awarding the grants.

Equipment Grants: Matching funds are a criteria for rating the applications, but are not required. Funds can be granted for up to the full amount of the equipment.

The awards are paid as reimbursement after the local government unit submits documentation showing the project is completed and the project costs are paid.

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:

Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission
1700 – 105th Avenue NE
Blaine, Minnesota 55449

George Ellis, Program Director

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