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Grants of up to $25,000 to Massachusetts, Texas, Colorado, and California nonprofit community-based organizations, middle schools, and high schools in eligible cities to enhance the quality of local basketball courts. Funding is intended for capital improvements to basketball courts within low- and moderate-income communities in Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; and Sacramento, CA. The LISC/ESPN Home Court Program seeks to redress the shortage of clean, safe and accessible basketball courts in low and moderate-income neighborhoods.
Nonprofit neighborhood-based organizations can play a leading role in the improvement of existing or creation of new athletic courts. With experience in both real estate development and community building, many of these organizations possess the capacity to address both the capital aspects of athletic court development and the program elements (i.e. youth basketball leagues, sports tournaments, science fairs, summer festivals, community celebrations, and after-school events).
Equally important to this experience, neighborhood-based organizations have connections to their community that legitimize their operations and draw resident support for their work. If local residents have a sense of ownership and see themselves as stakeholders in the creation and maintenance of athletic courts, these community assets are more likely to be protected and preserved for long-term use. The LISC/ESPN Home Court Program is intended not only to respond to the immediate shortage of athletic courts, but also to build an infrastructure through partnerships and resident involvement that will sustain these open spaces for community use.
For information about selection criteria, see: https://www.lisc.org/media/filer_public/11/c0/11c073df-b1a9-43c8-9c99-36cfb2b69782/021020_sports_rec_rfp_home_court_2020.pdf#page=3
Capital improvements refer to the physical development of the courts and its surrounding amenities. Such projects may include, but are not limited to, new or renovated court flooring, bleachers, public address systems, fences, backboards, basketball netting/hoops, and scoreboards.
A minimum three-year maintenance plan and corresponding financial budget must be provided in order to demonstrate that the applying organization will maintain the court despite projected wear and tear and potential overuse by youth sports participants.
GrantWatch ID#: 163403
Up to $25,000
USA: California: Sacramento; Colorado: Denver; Massachusetts: Boston; Texas: Dallas
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