Soccer is the world’s most popular sport. Of course, it is only called soccer in the United States and Canada, but its popularity here is without question. Millions of American kids play soccer all year round both indoors and out. The U.S. Youth Soccer Association has over 6,000 registered clubs with over 3 million players between the ages of 5 and 19. Now that’s a lot of soccer players! Did you know that there are soccer grants available for youth soccer programs? Here are a couple of funding options that offer assistance to local clubs. If one of these fits your situation, apply to give your local program a boost in funding.
National Soccer Coaches Association of America
This organization is also known as the NSCAA and it provides foundation grants for soccer organizations, programs and clubs that have a 501c3 status and serve underserved communities. The grants they underwrite are significant covering all expenses in their entirety for a recipient organization to host an NSCAA Coaching Academy. The NSCAA Coaching Academy will be non-residential diploma course and clinic at the facilities of the recipient. This will cover all participants including youth players, volunteers and parent coaches. Applications are offered online through the NSCAA website. You must apply by October 31 each year. You can contact the NSCAA Foundation at 913-362-1747 or by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation has two different grant programs which are designed to offer support for both field construction and soccer program funding. The two programs available are called Safe Places to Play and Program Grants. Safe Places to Play has a yearly application deadline of October 1. Letter of inquiries must be submitted to the foundation grant department and are accepted on a rolling basis year round. Instructions for your letter of inquiry can be obtained through this online application. Program Grants have three yearly application deadlines of February 1, June 1 and October 1. You can review annual deadlines at this link. The program grant can be used to purchase needed soccer equipment or to cover necessary operating expenses. This grant can be up to $50,000 and grant recipients have up to 12 months to fully utilize the funds. For more information about either program, contact the U.S. Soccer Foundation grants coordinator Allison Caffrey at 202-872-6659 or by email at email@example.com.