USA Football will award nearly $2 million in grants for football equipment, field improvements and automated external defibrillator equipment for youth, middle and high school football programs, the organization announced this week.
USA Football is the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Applications are being accepted online through April 20 at 4 p.m. ET at usafootball.com/grants. Youth leagues must be 501(c)(3) compliant to be eligible.
Equipment grants are valued at up to $1,500 for youth organizations and up to $2,500 for high school programs and include equipment, uniforms, equipment reconditioning and flag football equipment, USA Football said. Plans are to award more than $1.5 million in equipment grants this summer based on “need, merit and a program’s commitment to coaching education and best practices,” according to a news release.
USA Football also will award eight $50,000 field-building grants based on merit and need. Municipalities, school systems and tax-exempt youth leagues are eligible for the grants with the money to be used toward the purchase of a synthetic field.
USA Football will award AED packages to five football programs for the organizations to keep the cardiac equipment on site. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of fatalities during exercise for U.S. children and teens.
Since 2009, USA Football as awarded more than $9 million in equipment grants and field-building grants and benefited more than 200,000 youth and high school players, according to a news release.
“With the strong support of our partners, USA Football’s grant programs help high schools and youth leagues continue to make positive differences in young people’s lives through the fun, fitness and inherent values of the sport,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenback said in a statement. “Even with successful fundraisers and adhering to budgets, some organizations may find challenges in properly equipping their teams. We’re proud to help create great football experiences for the good of young athletes.”