Safe Places to Play Grant by U.S. Soccer Foundation

  • Target: The citizens of the United States
  • Benefits: Varies
  • Level and Discipline: Not specified
  • Host Institution: Not specified – USA
  • Deadline: February, June and October every year

Each year, the U.S. Soccer Foundation offers the Safe Places to Play Grant. To be eligible, applicants must own or hold a 10+ year lease on the field space. Entries are accepted three times a year; Spring Grant Cycle, Summer Grant Cycle and Fall Grant Cycle.

Program Description
The U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants on both an annual basis (Program grants) and through a rolling process (Safe Places to Play grants) to support soccer programs and field-building initiatives nationwide. Grants are provided to support all aspects of the beautiful game — from assisting programs with operational costs to creating Safe Places to Play.

Award value
Funding support depends on the field grant type

  • Supports between 15-50% of project cost
  • Exception is irrigation, which can support 100% of project costs

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
  • Lighting = $25,000 for single field projects; $50,000 for multi-field projects
  • AstroTurf = No more than 15% of the artificial turf material cost

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Land Ownership – application must own or hold a 10+ year lease on the field space
  • 50% Funded – at the time of application, 50% of project funding must be in hand
  • Project Timeline – project should have clear timeline, with plan to complete project within 1 year of potential grant award
  • Logo Recognition – for synthetic turf projects, Foundation logo is placed on the pitch surface
  • Non-Profit Status – applicants must be a non-profit entity (nonprofit organization, city government, school, church)
  • Soccer-Specific Play Space – field space must be majority-use soccer

Application Instruction
Please go to the link below to see further instruction.

Submission Deadline
Please anticipate the deadline in February, June and October annually.

Website and Application Link

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