Grants Encourage Outdoor Play, Youth Recreation

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.

Info: 202/872-9277; e-mail, or (website).

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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