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Safe Places to Play Grants

In-Kind Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
to Build Soccer Fields for Children in Underserved Communities

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Foundation / Corporation

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U.S. Soccer Foundation

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In-kind grants of up to $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, agencies, schools, and churches to build soccer fields in underserved communities. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to help cover the costs associated with lighting, irrigation, construction, surfacing, and enhancement of soccer fields.

Safe Places to Play transforms abandoned courts, empty schoolyards, vacant lots and the like into state-of-the-art soccer fields for kids.

For communities where space is at a premium, Safe Places to Play developed "the mini-pitch." These are small, customized areas perfectly suited for organized soccer programs and pick-up games. Mini-pitches provide a quality playing surface for kids. They also transform the look and feel of neighborhoods.

Grant Use:
- All Safe Places to Play grants function as product credit towards the grant project.
- Adjustments to scope of project must be approved by the Foundation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180328

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum support by category (Amounts may wary depending on availability of funds and established funding agreements with the Foundation's preferred vendors):

- Irrigation = $15,000 which could cover 100% of irrigation material costs (excludes installation)
- Lighting = $25,000 for single field projects; $50,000 for multi-field projects
- SportCourt = Up to 33% of PowerGame™ material cost

Term of Contract:

The funded project should have a clear timeline, with a plan to complete the project within one year of the grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:

- Land Ownership: Application must own or hold a 10+ year lease on the field space.
- Nonprofit Status – applicants must be a nonprofit entity (nonprofit organization, government, school, church).
- Soccer-Specific Play Space – field space must be majority-use soccer.

Pre-Application Information:

At the time of application, 50% of project funding must be in hand.

Key Dates for the 2019 Grant Cycles:

2019 Spring Grant Cycle:

1/3/2019 - Letter of Interest [LOI] open
1/25/19 - Letter of Interest [LOI] due
2/8/19 - Application deadline

2019 Summer Grant Cycle:

5/2/19 - Letter of Interest [LOI] open
5/24/19 - Letter of Interest [LOI] due
6/7/19 - Application deadline

2019 Fall Grant Cycle:

9/3/19 - Letter of Interest [LOI] open
9/27/19 - Letter of Interest [LOI] due
10/4/19 - Application deadline

Applying for a Safe Places to Play grant is a two-step process. First, you will need to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) to the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Grants department. Second, if the Foundation approves the LOI, your organization will be invited to complete an official application.

Within three weeks of submitting a Safe Places to Play LOI, organizations will receive a response.

As part of your LOI submission, you must obtain and submit an official project quote from the appropriate U.S. Soccer Foundation Corporate Partner(s) relating to your project. Before submitting your LOI, please contact the appropriate partner(s) for your project from the list below.

Please allow a minimum of 7-10 business days for each corporate partner to return a completed project quote to you. Organizations contacting a corporate partner less than 7-10 business days prior to an LOI deadline may not be accepted for that particular grant cycle.

- Lighting: Musco Lighting (Visit and complete the form)
- Irrigation: Hunter Industries (Lynda Wightman:
- Modular Athletic Flooring: Sport Court (Lauren Gillian:

More about the grant application process:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions about Safe Places to Play grants, please contact Drew Dubé:

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