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

NFL Foundation Grassroots Program

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National Football League (NFL) Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Deadline Date:

05/31/22

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit community-based organizations and schools in multiple states to enhance local athletics fields within the funding source’s market areas. 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 Foundation (NFL Foundation) and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to provide non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields. Only proposals that locate projects in low and moderate-income communities will be considered.

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. Grants will also 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 non-profit 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171731

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.

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/42/71/4271b328-ea64-41b0-a6fb-e17f45f3d2cb/020122_nfl_grassroots_rfp_2022.pdf#page=6)

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.).

Funds from the Program may not be used to maintain field surfaces.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due on May 31, 2022.

NFL Foundation Grassroots applicants are strongly encouraged to reach USA Football’s Mike Cuzzone, Director of Consulting Sales.

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

Contact Information:

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

Email proposals and questions to SportsAndRec@lisc.org.

Mike Cuzzone, Director of Consulting Sales: 630-433-6697 or mcuzzone@usafootball.com

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Geographic Focus:

USA: 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;   Wisconsin

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