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Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund for Youth Sports

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies
for Youth Sports and Recreation in Eligible Counties

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Rochester Area Community Foundation (RACF)

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and school districts for youth recreation and sports programs in eligible counties. Funding is intended to support local projects, activities, and small capital purchases including field or stadium related needs, equipment, and medical supplies. Eligible counties include Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates.

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation has established the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund for Youth Sports at the Rochester Area Community Foundation. The foundations jointly contracted with the Washington, D.C.-based Aspen Institute to produce an independent assessment of the state of play, sports, and recreation for youth in Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties. The report, State of Play: Greater Rochester & The Finger Lakes, is anchored in the belief that all stakeholders will benefit if all children in the region – regardless of zip code or ability – are provided access to quality sports and recreation experiences.

The report identifies eight strategies (or “plays”) that stakeholders can use to get and keep all youth active through sports and recreation:

- Ask kids what they want;
- Reintroduce free play;
- Encourage sports sampling;
- Revitalize in-town leagues;
- Think small;
- Design for development;
- Train all coaches; and
- Emphasize prevention

A collective process involving the Aspen Institute, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, and the Rochester Youth Sports & Recreation Task Force identified the following values as important for the success and impact of youth sports and recreation programming:

- Clear outcomes;
- Teamwork and collaboration;
- Innovation;
- Community-building; and
- Expanding access to opportunities and resources for youth and families who might otherwise not have such access, particularly in communities that have been under-served.

Grant requests should support youth sports and recreation activities and related, small-scale capital needs such as equipment or field and stadium needs within the designated six counties. Requests for programming and/or capital costs may include equipment requests, including relevant medical equipment.

To be considered, projects must align with:

- One or more of the “plays” (listed above, with more detail in the State of Play report);
- The above-stated values and will be given the highest priority.

Low priority will be given to requests for ongoing operational costs, capital campaigns, and annual fund drives.

Proposals for Rochester Area Community Foundation competitive grants are expected to address each of the following principles:

- Capacity for impact: Demonstrate capacity and potential for achieving and sustaining significant and long-term impact.

- Plan of action: Include a plan of action with evidence that the plan is likely to achieve its intended outcomes.

- Structural change and innovation: promote structural change and/or inspire innovation that strengthens and stabilizes local assets and/or dramatically improves policies, systems, operations, or relationships.

- Collaboration and inclusion: Bolster collaboration by working to involve a relevant and diverse community of stakeholders in planning, implementation, and evaluation.

- Leveraged assets: Leverage new and existing assets, organizations, relationships, initiatives, and investments to improve the likelihood of significant impact, efficiency, and sustainability.

- Measurement, monitoring, and evaluation: Include measurable objectives and outcomes with a plan to monitor and evaluate progress.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184552

Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical Grant Size: Ranging in size from $5,000 to $25,000. Slightly smaller or larger grants will be considered.

Term of Contract:

Most grants will be for a 12-month duration. Accommodation can be made for projects requiring modest extensions. Multi-year requests will not be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:

Any 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the six designated counties (Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates) that serve youth within this geographic area may apply. Government entities and school districts in these counties also may apply, but preference will be given for support of community-engaged programs.

The Community Foundation’s competitive grants program generally does not fund special events, fundraising campaigns, religious activities, endowments, buildings (except for historical assets), or debt retirement.

Pre-Application Information:

The application due date is January 18, 2019. Grants from the early 2019 application process will be announced in mid-May.

Prospective applicants with projects requiring substantially smaller grants are encouraged to partner with other agencies to submit a collaborative application.

Organizations are limited to one application.

Applicants that were previously awarded Youth Sports grants must submit a progress report or final report before the application due date.

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Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:


Carla Stough-Huffman
Greater Rochester After-School Alliance c/o
Rochester Area Community Foundation
500 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone 585.271.4100
Fax 585.271.4292

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates Counties