Nonprofit sports clubs may operate programs related to youth or adult sports or recreational activities. Baseball, football, golf, tennis, shooting sports and soccer clubs rely on funding from outside sources in order for athletes to compete. There are a variety of sources and foundations that offer funding and grants to nonprofit sports clubs and programs, including major-league teams.
Local community and corporate foundations, as well as local businesses, offer grants or funding to local sports clubs. These foundations often support youth or recreational activities for members of their community. For example, the Kiwanis Club of Flint, Michigan, awarded over $20,000 in grants to area nonprofits, including the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint and a local Boys Scouts troop for sports activities. The Chandler Service Club in Chandler, Arizona, has awarded grants to the Chandler Youth Baseball, Girls' Softball and American Legion Sports groups.
Kiwanis Club of Flint
P.O. Box 3551
Flint, MI 48502
Chandler Service Club
P.O. Box 1243
Chandler, AZ 85244
Professional Sports Teams
Professional sports teams, especially baseball and football teams, offer grants to area nonprofit sports teams, clubs and leagues. Grants may be awarded for equipment, travel or field renovations. For example, the Minnesota Twins awards grants through the Minnesota Twins Community Fund. Coaching grants are awarded to nonprofit baseball or softball leagues to recruit good coaches. The Twins Field for Kids Program awards up to $10,000 to schools and nonprofits in the Upper Midwest and Southwest Florida area for field renovations and construction. Tournament grants are awarded by the Minnesota Twins Community Fund to help nonprofit sports clubs hold tournaments.
The Arizona Cardinals National League Football (NFL) team awards grants to nonprofits in their area that benefit the youth and community in Arizona. Recent recipients of grants from the Cardinals include the San Tan Softball Little League and East Valley Youth League of Football.
Twins Community Fund
1 Twins Way
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Arizona Cardinals Charities
P.O. Box #888
Phoenix, AZ 85001–0888
National organizations and associations provide funding to nonprofit sports clubs and leagues in their sporting area. For example the National Football League offers grants to nonprofit sports clubs and teams through the NFL Grassroots Field Grant Program. Up to $50,000 is awarded to nonprofits for capital costs such as installing or renovating bleachers, concession stands or lighting. Up to $200,000 is available to nonprofit sports clubs to renovate community football fields.
Major League Baseball (MLB) offers funding to nonprofit sports clubs and teams, schools and nonprofit organizations through the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. This fund provides up to $50,000 for youth baseball and softball programs. Grants may be used to purchase equipment, uniforms, field renovations or other items the team may need. There are four application deadlines for the grant program.
The United States Tennis Association awards a variety of grants to nonprofit sports clubs, teams, leagues, schools and local nonprofits to enhance the availability of tennis to citizens of the United States. Program and Project Support grants are awarded in amounts up to $10,000. The USTA Jr. Team Tennis Stipends programs awards up to $1000 to area coordinators to an established league or start a new one. Deadlines vary by program.
NFL Youth Football Fund
501 Seventh Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Baseball Tomorrow Fund
245 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10167
United States Tennis Association
70 West Red Oak Lane
White Plains, NY 10604
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