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U.S. Soccer Foundation: Safe Places to Play Grants

Deadline: October 2, 2015

The U.S. Soccer Foundation awards Safe Places to Play grants to support soccer programs and field-building initiatives nationwide. Safe Places to Play grants are available in four categories: Synthetic Turf, Lighting, Irrigation, and Sport Court:

  • Synthetic Turf: Grants are awarded for the installation of a synthetic field surface from Hellas Construction, Inc. This funding can be applied toward new field construction or the refurbishment of existing turf fields. No cash is disbursed as part of this grant. Grantees must use Hellas Construction, Inc. as the supplier for their field project, if awarded this grant.
  • Lighting: Grants are awarded for the purchase of Musco Lighting products to light futsal, natural grass, or synthetic turf fields. Grants are disbursed as in-kind credit with Musco Lighting. No cash is disbursed as part of this grant. Grantees must use Musco Lighting as the supplier for their field project, if awarded this grant.
  • Irrigation: Grants are awarded for the purchase of Hunter Irrigation products to irrigate natural grass or synthetic turf fields (while irrigation is not required for synthetic turf, it is recommended for cleaning and cooling purposes). Grants are disbursed as in-kind credit with Hunter Irrigation. No cash is disbursed as part of this grant. Grantees must use Hunter Irrigation as the supplier for their field project, if awarded this grant.
  • Sport Court: Grants are awarded for the installation of Sport Court, which is an innovative modular (non-turf) sports surface that delivers superior playability, speed, safety, shock absorption, and traction that is perfect for small-sided soccer or futsal. Grants are disbursed as in-kind credit with Sport Court. No cash is disbursed as part of this grant. Grantees must use Sport Court as the supplier for their field project, if awarded this grant.

All Safe Places to Play grants (except for Irrigation) can be awarded for either indoor or outdoor field projects.

Amount: Synthetic turf: Up to 10% of the quote amount; Lighting: Between 15-30% of the total cost of the project or up to $50,000 credit awarded; Irrigation: Between $4,000-$15,000 credit awarded; Sport Court: Between 15-50% of the total cost, or up to $30,000 credit awarded.

Eligibility: Applicants must have 501(c)(3) status and be located and operate in the United States. Applicants must own or have a minimum 10 year land lease/land use agreement for the land where the field is or will be built.

Linkhttp://www.ussoccerfoundation.org/our-grants/

Note: A letter of intent is due by September 18, 2015.

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