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NFL Foundation Grassroots Program

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

05/31/21

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit community-based organizations, middle schools, and high 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 provides non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields.  The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program provides grants for capital improvement projects.

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. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171731

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $250,000

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 (Please see the list of eligible Target Markets in Attachment A: https://www.lisc.org/media/filer_public/45/1c/451c94fd-d3b0-431d-95eb-241de35bb9a7/121620_sports_rec_nfl_rfp_2020.pdf#page=6.).

Public agencies (other than public schools) may not apply for grants from the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due on May 31, 2021.

NFL Foundation Grassroots applicants are strongly encouraged to reach USA Football’sJesse Ghiorzi, Senior Brand Manager.

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.

Jesse Ghiorzi, Senior Brand Manager:
513-461-1514
jghiorzi@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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