The Local Initiatives Support Corporation is accepting grant proposals for the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program, which addresses the shortage of clean, safe, and accessible football fields in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Sponsored by the National Football League Foundation, the goal of the program is to provide nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields.
The program offers two levels of support:
1) General Field Support: Through this category, grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded for capital projects not associated with the actual field surface, including the installation/refurbishment of bleachers, concession stands, lights, irrigation systems, etc.
2) Field Surface Grants: Through this category, grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded to help finance the resurfacing of a community, middle school, or high school football field and/or the installation of synthetic sports turf.
In addition, a smaller number of matching grants of up to $100,000 are available to help finance the resurfacing of a community, middle school, or high school football field with natural grass or a sod surface. Funds from the program may not be used to maintain field surfaces, as all grant funds must be used for capital expenditures.
To be eligible for a grant, projects must be sponsored by a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or middle or high school. All organizations applying for funds must be located within an NFL target market and serve low- to moderate-income areas within that market.
For complete program guidelines, a list of associated NFL target markets, and application instructions, see the LISC website.