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Fields for Kids Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies in Multiple
States to Improve Youth Baseball and Softball Programs

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Pirates Charities

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 to Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Eastern Ohio, and Maryland nonprofits, schools, and local government agencies to benefit youth baseball and softball programs within the funding source’s market area. Funding may be used for a range of program improvements.

Eligible projects include the upgrading of essential field components, such as new sod, infield, fencing, dugouts, and irrigation systems; upgrades to the overall facility to include lights, bleachers, batting cages, scoreboards and concession stands.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179313

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may be between $1,000 and $25,000, dependent upon available matching funds.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within one year from the date of the grant award. Organizations cannot receive grants in consecutive years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Fields for Kids program is open to any independent nonprofit tax-exempt organization, school or local government unit that operates youth baseball and/or softball programs within the Pittsburgh Pirates market area, which primarily encompasses Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and West Virginia.

Organizations must be governed by active boards and have sufficient revenue to operate their leagues. Organizations receiving grants will be required to prominently display provided signage recognizing Pirates Charities' support. Organizations are limited to one Fields for Kids grant every other year (may not receive grants in consecutive years).

Funding requests for projects that have already been completed will not be considered.

The purchase of land, parking lots, press boxes and restrooms are ineligible. Routine maintenance of fields will not qualify.

Organizations that have received a grant in the past must have returned a final grant report demonstrating project completion.

The Pittsburgh Pirates market area includes the following counties:

-In Pennsylvania: Allegheny; Armstrong; Beaver; Bedford; Blair; Butler; Cambria; Clarion; Clearfield; Crawford; Elk; Erie; Fayette; Forest; Greene; Huntingdon; Indiana; Jefferson; Lawrence; Mercer; Somerset; Venango; Warren; Washington; Westmoreland

-In West Virginia: Barbour; Brooke; Doddridge; Grant; Hampshire; Hancock; Harrison; Lewis; Marion; Marshall; Mineral; Monongalia; Ohio; Pleasants; Preston; Ritchie; Taylor; Tucker; Tyler; Wetzel

-In Ohio: Ashtabula; Belmont; Carroll; Columbiana; Coshocton; Geauga; Guernsey; Harrison; Holmes; Jefferson; Mahoning; Monroe; Noble; Portage; Stark; Summit; Trumbull; Tuscarawas; Washington; Wayne

-In Maryland: Allegany; Garrett

Pre-Application Information:

Grants are provided on a matching basis. Any organization operating baseball or softball programs for youth that has secured funds equal to or exceeding the request amount (secured funds can include in-kind contributions of materials or labor) may apply for a grant.

Due dates and grant determinations for each of the two grant periods are as follows:

Round 1:
-Application Due Date: February 15, 2019
-Grant Determination: March 15, 2019

Round 2:
-Application Due Date: July 12, 2019
-Grant Determination: August 9, 2019

Contact Information:

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

Completed applications should be directed to:

Pirates Charities
c/o Pittsburgh Pirates
PNC Park at North Shore
115 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Allegany and Garrett Counties;   Ohio: Ashtabula, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Geauga, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Mahoning, Monroe, Noble, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Washington, and Wayne Counties;   Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties;   West Virginia: Barbour, Brooke, Doddridge, Grant, Hampshire, Hancock, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Marshall, Mineral, Monongalia, Ohio, Pleasants, Preston, Ritchie, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, and Wetzel Counties