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U.s. Soccer Foundation

Category: Sports

The Foundation supports projects throughout the United States that focus on keeping children in vulnerable communities active, healthy, and safe from the dangers of the streets. The Foundation awards four categories of funding: program grants, field grants, footprint field grants, and planning grants. Program grants help pay for uniforms, player equipment, travel costs, facility rental, registration costs, and training for players, coaches, and referees. Field grants assist with every stage of the field building process from planning and designing a new field to installing the finishing touches such as lights and field boards. Footprint Field grants provide funds to build synthetic grass soccer fields that are durable and can be used in all weather conditions. Planning grants of up to $8,000 are awarded in the form of credit with CHA Sports, the Foundationís supplier for soccer facility design and planning services. CHA Sports will produce a concept plan and position the organization to solicit support from donors and decision-makers. To be eligible for a grant of any type, applicants must apply on behalf of a program or project operating in the United States, be a nonprofit organization, school, municipality, college or university, public school, or sovereign tribal nation, and apply for a soccer-specific program or field building project. To be eligible for a Field or Footprint Fields grant, applicants must own or have a minimum 10-year lease/land use agreement on the land where the field building project will take place and have written authorization from the community where the field building project will take place to add lights to the field (if applying for lights as part of the project). Additional information including an online grant application thatís only available for one month during each grant cycle can be found on the Web site.

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