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Hennepin Youth Sports Program (HYSP)

Grants to Minnesota Local Governments, School Districts, and Park Districts
in Eligible Locations for Youth Sports Facility and Equipment Improvements

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

Deadline Date:

04/19/21 4:00 PM - Equipment and Playground Only


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Grants to Minnesota municipalities, school districts, and park districts in eligible locations for recreational and athletic facilities and equipment. Funding is intended for the creation, expansion, and improvement of facilities, to build playgrounds, and to purchase athletic equipment for youth sports and recreation. Activities must take place in Hennepin County.

Funding is provided in three separate grants: Facility Grants, Equipment Grants, and Playground structure grants.

  • Facility Grants: The purpose of the facility grants is to allow municipalities, park districts and school districts to create, expand or improve athletic and recreational facilities to enhance opportunities for youth participation.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Playground Grants: The purpose of the playground grants is build playground structures throughout Hennepin County.

For criteria of the grant types, see starting at

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GrantWatch ID#: 161628

Estimated Size of Grant:

HYSP has separate applications for facilities grants (awards from $10,000 to $300,000), capital equipment grants (up to $10,000), and playground structure grants (up to $25,000).

Term of Contract:

Playground projects must be completed by November 30, 2022.

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

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:

- Equipment and Playground: Application deadline: Send or deliver three sets of the application by 4:00 PM on Monday, April 19, 2021
- Facilities: Fall 2021

If looking for feedback, applications must be received at least 10 days prior to the deadline.

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

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.

Playground Grants: 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.

A complete application will include three physical copies and one emailed copy of:
1. Application
2. Resolution of LGU
3. Responses to evaluation criteria

More information:

Contact Information:

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

Please submit an electronic copy to and the hard copy applications and materials to:

1750 105th Ave. NE
Blaine, MN 55449

Applicants who have questions regarding this application may contact: Karah Lodge, Program Director at the email address above.

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