The involvement of our youth in team sports can produce life changing results and also some rather unexpected benefits. Studies have shown that students involved in sports programs are less likely to drop out of school, tend to exceed socially and go on to live more healthy lifestyles. But opportunity isn’t always available, especially in high poverty areas and underserved communities. And this causes many children to be unable to participate in youth sports activities. This is where organizations have stepped in with the much-needed grants that support youth sports programs.
Finish Line Youth Foundation
The Finish Line Youth Foundation asks that you only apply if you meet their criteria and guidelines as they simply cannot fund every request they currently receive for funding. It offers its grants to community based youth athletic programs which encourage active lifestyles and team building activities. Grants are also available to established sports camp programs. Emphasis is placed on funding camps designed for special needs or underprivileged children. Funding is generally provided in the range of $1,000 to $5,000, but larger grants are possible for areas of special interest. To apply, you should be a direct service organization that serves children age 18 or younger that shows tangible results and fiscal responsibility. You must provide information about your overall impact and number of children served and show your ability to self-sustain your program after grant funding is depleted. Your program must also operate near a Finish Line store. In addition to its normal grant funding, Finish Line also provides larger Special Grants. These include emergency funding of $5,000 to $25,000 through its Founder’s Grants to organizations that could not otherwise offer their program due to unforeseen circumstances. This could include being effected by a natural disaster or having facilities that are in bad need of repair. It also offers Legacy Grants that can run from $10,000 to $75,000 that are specifically to be used to improve current or provide new facilities for community sports programs.
Responsible Sports Community Grants
This community grant opportunity is brought to you Liberty Mutual Insurance. It began in 2007 as a way to encourage and reward schools, organizations and youth sports clubs who show themselves to provide a responsible sporting atmosphere. The program is free to participate but is also highly competitive. Organizations nationwide are encouraged to register and participate. Here is how the program works. Once an organization is found to be eligible, they involve their adult supporters in the process of filling out a quiz online. These quiz points are credited to each participating organization. Points are then tallied and the organizations who accumulated the most points receive $2,500 grants to be used by the winning sports programs. Programs compete in three divisions: school programs, community programs with 100 or more athletes and community programs with less than 100 athletes. Every round, 5 winning programs are selected in each of the three divisions. This competition is held twice a year during Spring and Fall. For more information about how you can get your local youth sports program involved, check out the competition’s website.