Support for basketball programs through grants seems much lower than what we saw with many other sports when covering sports grants. The main cause for this is most likely the lower cost to join in on the activity by our youth. Most of the grants we found during our search provided needed equipment for sports programs like archery and golf, where many children simply can not afford to get involved. And this is certainly less the case with basketball. There are a handful of grant programs that support youth involved in basketball, however. These provide funding for youth programs and camps, expose talented youth to college recruiters and can even help pay for facilities to host local programs. Here is a bit about each supporter of basketball related grant funding.
While not really a grant program, what the Amateur Athletic Union provides to young basketball players is exposure through nationwide tournaments and events. Talented basketball players from around the country are allowed to play in summer league play, gaining exposure to college recruiters and coaches that can attend the events during the month of July. The union does charge players for membership, but the organization is run as a non-profit. If you have any questions about how you can get involved in this opportunity for student athletes looking to attend college and play ball, call 407-934-7200 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finish Line Youth Foundation
This foundation provides grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to youth programs and camps across a number of sports including basketball. This support is offered to community programs and established camps that work with youth age 18 and under. Funding can be used to provide youth programming and to fund scholarships for needy students to attend camps. Your organization must hold 501c3 status to apply. If you are interested in applying, take the foundation’s online eligibility quiz to start the process. In addition to the regular grant funding offered by Finish Line, the foundation also offers several special grant opportunities that can provide emergency funding and money to improve or build facilities for youth basketball programs. For more information, call 317-899-1022, ext. 6741 or send an email to email@example.com.
Jalen Rose Charitable Fund
Jalen Rose was a professional basketball player in the NBA for 13 years. He now works in broadcasting as an ESPN commentator. In a personal effort of philanthropy, he started his own charitable fund in 2000 and has to date provided over $1.3 million in funding to the programs it supports. While based out of and largely focused on the city of Detroit where Jalen is from, the fund does also accept proposals for youth programs outside of the area. In the city of Detroit, JRCF not only provides yearly scholarship opportunities for local students but also funds a leadership academy program for the city’s youth. For more information about JRCF, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.