With the goal of constructing up to one hundred mini-pitches across Georgia leading into the 2026 World Cup, the Atlanta United Foundation (AUF), in partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), is launching phase one of a statewide mini-pitch program.
The goal of the initiative is to provide low- to moderate-income neighborhoods and communities in Georgia with the financial and technical assistance needed to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local mini-pitch soccer fields and create anchors for placemaking in Georgia communities through the game of soccer and Atlanta United (the more creative field locations and design, the better!).
In 2020, the program will be rolled out in two phases:
Phase One — With the goal of increasing access to safe sports activities, specifically soccer, for youth in underserved communities across the state, the initiative will provide support for the construction of twenty mini-pitches. Grant awards will require a minimum community match of one dollar for every AUF dollar (1:1), up to $75,000
Pitches created through phase-one grants will serve as anchor examples for additional phases of the initiative.
Phase Two — Support for an additional ten sites to be announced in the fall of 2020.
The deadline for submissions is May 15. Proposals will be reviewed from May 15 to June 30, with award notifications to be made by July 10, 2020.
For additional information, See the LISC website.