Private Funder: U.S. Soccer Foundation; Opportunity: Annual Grants; Funding Focus: Physical activity, nutrition, children, youth; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Community organizations, schools and municipalities offering soccer opportunities to youth (including nonprofit soccer programs); Funding: Multiple awards ranging from $8,000 to $200,000 each; Deadline: Oct. 6.
Summary: The foundation supports efforts to broaden the reach of youth soccer. Specifically, the foundation provides funding for soccer programs and field-building initiatives in underserved areas. Program Grants are awarded to purchase uniforms, goals, and training equipment; Field Grants include Synthetic Field Building Grants, Field Lighting Grants, Field Irrigation Grants, and Sport Courts (which involve non-turf fields). The foundation is especially interested in organizations incorporating a youth development element such as anti-violence, educational attainment or healthy lifestyles into their soccer programs.