Since 1995, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded grants to more than six hundred organizations in the United States for projects designed to keep children in underserved communities active, healthy, and safe. Because urban areas often lack space for children to play outside, the foundation is working to provide play spaces for children across the nation.
The foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry for the Safe Places to Play program, which provides grants to organizations to help them build or enhance a field space in their communities. Field Building grants of up to $200,000 each will be awarded for the installation of field surfaces, lighting, and irrigation.
To be eligible for a Field Building grant, an applicant must apply on behalf of a program or project operating in the U.S.; be a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, school, municipality, college or university, or sovereign tribal nation; apply as, or on behalf of, a field-building project; and own or have a minimum of a ten-year land lease/land use agreement on the land where the field-building project will take place. If applying for sports lighting, an applicant must have written authorization from the community where the field-building project is located authorizing the addition of lights to the field(s).
For the next round of funding, letters of inquiry must be received no later than February 1, 2014. Upon review, select applicants will be invited to submit a full application.
Complete program guidelines and application materials are available at the U.S. Soccer Foundation Web site.
Link to Complete RFP