Local Initiatives Support Corporation Invites Grant Applications for NFL Foundation Grassroots Program

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.

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