Several organizations offer grant funding to youth baseball and softball programs. They provide support to expand programs and deal with equipment and facilities. In many cases, the funding can be used to build or maintain the baseball fields essential for these youth sports programs to thrive.
Baseball Tomorrow Fund
Major League Baseball offers a number of programs that give back to the community. One of these is its Baseball Tomorrow Fund. The fund offers grants to non-profit groups and other tax-exempt organizations that operate community baseball and softball programs. It accepts requests from both national and international programs, awarding around 40 grants a year. Funding can be used to improve an existing program or to start a new one. Equipment and facility costs can also be paid for with the grant. Baseball Tomorrow considers requests quarterly, with deadlines in January, April, July and October. You should start the application process by sending in a letter of inquiry before filing a grant application.
Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
This non-profit organization was created in 2001 by the sons and family of Cal Ripken, Sr. following his death. It funds partnerships with schools and organizations across the United States, using baseball as a way to reach disadvantaged youth. It offers three major programs, one of which places state of the art baseball facilities in communities around the United States. The foundation website shows 12 completed projects with many others in the works. It also offers programs that pair members of local law enforcement in baseball programs with troubled youth and another that uses baseball as a medium to teach young people important life lessons through the mentoring and coaching available through youth baseball. To contact the foundation about any of these programs, email email@example.com or call 410-823-0808.
SNY Play Ball!
This grant supports youth baseball and softball programs in New York’s tri-state area with $5,000 in funding. It awards 6 of these grants each year. Money can be used to purchase equipment and to pay for field maintenance and other associated costs of youth sports programs. Download a copy of the grant application online. Or contact SNY by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the program. Leagues selected for the program are invited to attend a NY Mets game and will receive on-air coverage during the broadcast of the attended game.
Twin Fields for Kids Program
While this program only helps those in the Upper Midwest and Southwest Florida, it has provided almost $2.5 million to over 500 projects to renovate baseball and softball facilities since 1999. Supported by the Minnesota Twins baseball franchise, the Twins Community Fund will match any funding raised locally dollar for dollar up to $10,000 to build or renovate a baseball field used by youth programs. These programs must be able to provide normal operating expenses to be considered for the grant. Applications are handled through three yearly rounds with deadlines of March 15, May 24 and August 16. To inquire about the Twin Fields for Kids Program, email email@example.com or call 612-659-3505.