10 Tips to Help You Apply for a USSF Grant
Has your Region applied for a U.S. Soccer Foundation grant? The USSF opened its 2012 Annual Grant Cycle Oct. 17, 2011. Harvey Lightstone, AYSO Hall of Famer and former National President, has 10 great tips that will help you through the application process.
Read Harvey’s 10 tips:
- The applying project or Program should be exclusively soccer related. i.e. grant requests regarding multi-use field expansion projects generally go unfunded.
- Do not include salaries in your grant applications.
- Do not look for grant funds for a one-time event.
- Grant requests for more than 25 percent of the entire cost of the project or program generally aren't funded.
- Your budget should identify where the rest of the money will come from. Do not indicate that none has currently been raised.
- Whenever possible, secure and indicate in your application you have matching grant money committed.
- Foundations don't want to commit to projects or programs that have no visible means of being self sustaining. It is important that you demonstrate that funds will be available in the future, or USSF may be reluctant to commit funds for year 1.
- The easiest grants to secure involve procurement of equipment, goal posts, ground/grass maintenance, lighting, signage, etc. The grants committee gets more bang for their buck using their foundation partners to fulfill the grant requests.
- If the applicant doesn't own the land, they should demonstrate they have exclusive use of the land for at least 10 years.
- The applying project or program must demonstrate that it will increase player, coach and referee participation year to year, that it is gender/race neutral, that it reaches out to the financially disadvantaged and that it will significantly enhance the skill levels of all participants.
The grant application will only be available online, and must be submitted via the U.S. Soccer Foundation's website.
Read the guidelines and expectations required by the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Annual Grants Program here
. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 18, 2011.