United States Soccer Foundation provides grants for Youth Soccer Field Projects in Underserved Communities
Applying for a Safe Places to Play grant is a two-step process. First, you will need to submit an online Letter of Interest (LOI) to the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Grants department. Second, if the Foundation approves the LOI, your organization will be invited to complete an official application.
The Safe Places to Play LOI is an online form, accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. LOIs submitted according to the following schedule will be considered during each grant cycle:
- 2019 Fall Grant Cycle - Now Open
- LOI open - September 3, 2019
- LOI due - September 27, 2019
- Application deadline - October 4, 2019
- Awards announced - December 2019
- 2019 Spring Grant Cycle
- LOI open - January 3, 2019
- LOI due - January 25, 2019
- Application deadline - February 8, 2019
- Awards announced - April 2019
2. As part of your LOI submission, you must obtain and submit an official project quote from the appropriate U.S. Soccer Foundation Corporate Partner(s) relating to your project. Before submitting your LOI, please contact the appropriate partner(s) for your project from the list below. Your request to the appropriate partner(s) should contain specifics of your project such as field measurements, including square footage, timeline, and your organization’s financial capacity and plans for covering the project’s cost beyond the assistance of the Foundation’s grant funding. Please allow a minimum of 7-10 business days for each corporate partner to return a completed project quote to you. Organizations contacting a corporate partner less than 7-10 business days prior to an LOI deadline may not be accepted for that particular grant cycle.
- Lighting: Musco Lighting (Visit http://www.musco.com/soccergrant/ and complete the form)
- Irrigation: Hunter Industries (Lynda Wightman: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Modular Athletic Flooring: Sport Court® (Lauren Gillian: email@example.com)
- Synthetic Turf: AstroTurf and the U.S. Soccer Foundation have collaborated for an opportunity outside of this process. Click here for more information.
- Land Ownership – application must own or hold a 10+ year lease on the field space
- 50% Funded – at the time of application, 50% of project funding must be in hand
- Project Timeline – project should have clear timeline, with plan to complete project within 1 year of potential grant award
- Non-Profit Status – applicants must be a non-profit entity (nonprofit organization, government, school, church)
- Soccer-Specific Play Space – field space must be majority-use soccer
Funding Support and Grant Use:
- Maximum support by category (Amounts may vary depending on availability of funds and established funding agreements with the Foundation's preferred vendors):
- Irrigation = $15,000, which could cover 100% of irrigation material costs (excludes installation)
- Lighting = $25,000 of product material cost for single field projects; $50,000 of product material cost for multi-field projects (grantees are eligible for up to 50% of product material cost)
- Sport Court = Up to 33% of PowerGame™ material cost
- Grant Use:
- All Safe Places to Play grants function as product credit towards the grant project
- Adjustments to scope of project must be approved by the Foundation
Submitting an Online LOI:
The Safe Places to Play LOI is an online form that is made available on the date noted above. The following items are required to submit the online form:
- Organization name and location
- Documentation of tax-exempt status
- Indicate what type(s) of funding your organization is requesting (Lighting, Irrigation, Modular Athletic Flooring) as well as the level of funding requested. You may request funding in multiple categories in a single grant cycle.
- Project budget from appropriate Foundation partner:
- Construction timeline including completion date
- Description of your project, including who the project will serve, why the community needs the project, and the current funding and planning status of the project.
Within three weeks of submitting an online Safe Places to Play LOI, organizations will receive one of two responses:
(1) An invitation to complete a full application for a Safe Places to Play grant, which will be completed online.
(2) A brief explanation of why an organization was not invited to formally apply (i.e. – eligibility issues, does not match the Foundation’s mission, etc.).
For questions about Safe Places to Play grants, please contact Drew Dubé at firstname.lastname@example.org.