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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Schools in Multiple States for Improvements to Local Football Fields

NFL Foundation Grassroots Program


Agency
Foundation

GrantWatch ID#
171731

Funding Source
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (NFL) FOUNDATION
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: ArizonaCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaIllinoisIndianaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew YorkNorth CarolinaOhioPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaTennesseeTexasVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsin

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/31/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit community-based organizations and schools to enhance local athletics fields within the funding source’s market areas in multiple states. Funding may be requested for football field improvement projects in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, DC, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program is a partnership of the National Football League (NFL) Foundation, which provides funding for the Program, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), which provides technical assistance and manages the Program. The goal of the Program is to provide nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

There are two levels of funding available:

  • General Field Support: For capital projects not associated with the actual field surface. This support includes the installation/refurbishment of bleachers, concession stands, lights, irrigation systems, etc. 
  • Field Surface Grants: To help finance the resurfacing of a community, middle school, or high school football field. Grants will be available to applicants seeking to install new synthetic sports turf surfaces. The ability of these new surfaces to withstand constant use and require little ongoing maintenance costs makes this an attractive option for communities, schools, and youth groups to consider. A smaller number of grants will be available to help finance the resurfacing of a community, middle school or high school football field utilizing natural grass/sod surfaces.

Strong preference will be given to those proposals that (1) seek to upgrade existing facilities that are in poor condition or otherwise underutilized; (2) demonstrate active use of the fields; (3) attract matching funding that exceeds the minimum required match of 1:1; (4) involve local partnerships with nonprofit community partners (e.g., USA Football, Parks and Recreation Departments, YMCA branches, etc.) to promote youth sports safety and community programming on the fields; (5) provide for continuing maintenance and field safety; and (6) involve youth football programs that are currently registered and compliant with USA Football’s Football Development Model education program.



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program, organizations applying for grant funds must meet all the criteria listed below:
- Be a community-based organization, middle school or high school serving a neighborhood consisting primarily of low and moderate-income families and individuals.
Please note:
-- Schools must demonstrate the ability of the community to also utilize the field.
-- Universities and college campuses are not eligible to apply for NFL Foundation Grassroots grants and will not be considered for funding.
- Have at least one-full time staff person (all-volunteer organizations will not be considered)
- Be in existence for at least three years.
- Have a proven track record in real estate development and/or parks programming.
- Have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status/school status; and
- Located in an NFL Target Market (see https://www.lisc.org/media/filer_public/21/8f/218f0095-5713-4e45-8cea-3f644fda1f12/nfl_grassroots_program_2023__rfp_.pdf#page=6)

Additionally, the facility should recommend that all youth organizations require all youth football coaches earn USA Football Coach Certification for tackle or flag.

Public agencies (other than public schools) may not apply for grants from the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program. However, community-based non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) designation, middle schools and high schools meeting all other organizational criteria, and private schools with 501(c) (3) designation may apply to make improvements on fields owned and managed by public sector entities (e.g., City, Parks, and Recreation Departments, etc.).

Additional Geographic Information:

NFL Target Markets: https://www.lisc.org/media/filer_public/21/8f/218f0095-5713-4e45-8cea-3f644fda1f12/nfl_grassroots_program_2023__rfp_.pdf#page=6

Ineligible
Funds from the Program may not be used to maintain field surfaces, as all grant funds must be used for capital expenditures.

Pre-Application Information
Proposals are due on January 31, 2024.

NFL Foundation Grassroots applicants are strongly encouraged to contact USA Football’s Mike Cuzzone, Director of Consulting Sales to establish a relationship, gain information about USA Football and learn which of its programs may best suit your needs.

The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program requires a minimum local match of one dollar for every NFL Foundation Grassroots Program dollar (1:1).

Estimated Size of Grant
- General Field Support: Applicants may submit requests of up to $50,000
- Field Surface Grants: Matching grants of up to $250,000. Matching grants of up to $100,000 will be available to help finance the resurfacing of a community, middle school or high school football field utilizing natural grass/ sod surfaces.

Contact Information
Email proposals and questions to SportsAndRec@lisc.org.

Mike Cuzzone, Director of Consulting Sales: mcuzzone@usafootball.com

Please note: Mike Cuzzone is not the contact for NFL Foundation Grassroots Field Grant applications, please email SportsandRec@LISC.org for application questions.

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