Possible Grants for Youth Soccer Clubs

By Mike Singleton

Filling out grant applications can be an arduous process and is easily intimidating to many. Please know that it does not have to be, as I will personally help every organization fill out any and every grant application, line-by-line. Just drop me a line at msingleton@mayouthsoccer.org and we can work together to help your organization.

This is one of many member benefits you receive as a Mass Youth Soccer member. Here are 20 grants for which you may qualify. I hope to hear from you!

  1. US Youth Soccer - US Youth Soccer has grants for recreational programs, programs serving underserved areas (inner city or rural), and for TOPSoccer programs (children with disabilities).
  2. US Soccer Foundation – has program grants to serve players in vulnerable areas, field grants to assist in any facet of field development, and planning initiative grants to assist in concept development of soccer field projects.
  3. Liberty Mutual Insurance – provides grants for nonprofit youth sports organization to help defray operational costs.
  4. Finish Line Youth Foundation – grants for programs or camps promoting health and an active lifestyle. Particular opportunity for those serving underserved or disabled children.
  5. National Association for Sport and Physical Exercise – list multiple grant opportunities to promote healthy living, decrease childhood obesity, or expanded offerings.
  6. Tommy Wilson Memorial Grant – this grant supports recreational programs for individuals with disabilities.
  7. Chris Nedelcovych Soccer Foundation – provides funds for young aspiring coaches between ages 18-23 to attain coach education.
  8. CVS Caremark Community Grants - awards funds to nonprofit organizations for programs targeting children with disabilities, programs focusing on health and rehabilitation services, and initiatives that give greater access to physical movement and play.
  9. General Mills Foundation – $10,000 grants for community-based groups that develop creative ways to help youth adopt a balanced diet and physically active lifestyle.
  10. Good Sports - distributes sports equipment, footwear, and apparel to community organizations offering programs to disadvantaged youth helping to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles.
  11. The Mayflower Foundation - The Mayflower Foundation hosts benefits for beneficiary organizations. MF selects a beneficiary organization to support. The beneficiary organization provides valuable services or resources to underprivileged children. This can mean socio-economically, physically, socially or otherwise.
  12. National Alliance for Youth Sports – provides an Excellence in Youth Sports Award that gives in-kind contributions from Award sponsors to be used for the support and enhancement of their youth sports program and other perk benefits.
  13. The New Balance Foundation - to support charitable organizations (not a team or event) whose humanitarian efforts work for the betterment of our children and communities. The heart of our focus is the prevention of childhood obesity.
  14. Nike Equipment Donation – as an organization (not a team) you can apply for a Nike equipment donation from the company.
  15. US Dept. of Education Office of Education and Rehabilitation Services - This program provides individuals with disabilities inclusive recreational activities and experiences that can be expected to aid them in their employment, mobility, socialization, independence, and community integration. Project periods last three years and the federal share of costs is 100 percent in year one, 75 percent in year two, and 50 percent in year three.
  16. The American Academy of Dermatology - awards grants in the amount of $8,000 each for the purchase of permanent shade structures designed to provide shade and ultraviolet (UV) ray protection for outdoor areas. The AAD also provides a permanent sign to be displayed near the shade structure that promotes the importance of sun safety.
  17. The Babson Foundations – awards grants to organizations that help promote culture, education or leadership development. Have provided soccer organizations support in the past.
  18. The Teammates for Kids Foundation - accepts proposals for grants from nonprofit organizations that specialize in working with children. Grants from the Foundation support the on-going work of operating organizations that help needy children in the areas of health, education and inner-city services.
  19. The Boston Foundation – Grants for programs that encourage healthy behaviors among Boston residents and increase access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity.
  20. The Women's Sports Foundation (GoGirlGo!) - charitable educational organization dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.