Grants for Athletic Programs

Budget cuts and decreasing philanthropic donations have reduced the amount of funding available for athletic programs. If you have exhausted your fundraising efforts, consider writing a grant proposal. Organizations continue to offer grant funding for athletic programs. A thorough search could land you just the right grant.

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Grants are an award of money granted by the government or private organizations to nonprofit organizations such as athletic programs. Athletic grants are designed to meet the needs of the program, which can include athletic equipment, education assistance, travel expenses or facility improvements. Grants, unlike loans, do not have to be paid back and are usually a one-time award.

Successful Grant Writing Tips

The Internet provides a wealth of grant opportunities. Applying for grants is a competitive process so conduct as much research as possible before beginning the application process. It is important to find the grant that matches your needs rather than undergoing the labor-intensive process of applying to a multitude grants that do not meet your needs. Follow the guidelines outlined in the grant applications carefully because errors in your application will cost you time and money. Most importantly, submit your grant application on time.

Youth Athletic Grants

Youth athletic grants exist for organized sports and recreational activities. The NFL grassroots program helps communities develop and maintain football fields and the Women's Sports Foundation uses a campaign that maximizes the use sports and physical activity to enhance the well-being of young girls. Youth golf programs also receive funding through the Youth National Alliance Hook a Kid on Golf program, which is sponsored by the USGA.

Grants For Elite and Professional Development

Grants are not limited to youth sports. Organizations recognize that adult athletes need assistance as well and offer monetary awards for those who are interested in pursuing a career in athletics. The website College Scholarships lists several grant opportunities for elite and professional athletes. One such grant is offered by USA Track and Field Foundation Elite Athlete Development. Grant awards of $5,000 go to college graduates who have competed at an elite level in the previous two years.

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