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1U.S.SoccerFoundationGuidetoGrants 2TableofContentsIntroduction______________________________________________3WhoWeFund____________________________________________4WhatWeFund____________________________________________5WhatWeDoNotFund_____________________________________7ApplicationProcess________________________________________8Timeline________________________________________________10FundingDetails__________________________________________11ReportingRequirements___________________________________12CharacteristicsofaStrongApplication_______________________13 3IntroductionThankyouforyourinterestintheU.S.SoccerFoundationsannualgrantscycle.Since1995theU.S.SoccerFoundationhasawardedgrantstomorethan600non-profitorganizationsinall50statesandtheDistrictofColumbia.Ourgrantssupportsoccerprogramsandfield-buildinginitiativesintheU.S.thatkeepchildreninunderservedcommunitiesactivehealthyandsafe.Thisguidecontainsthenecessaryinformationyouneedtoknowasapotentialapplicant.WhileFoundationstaffisalwaysavailabletoanswerquestionsweaskthatyoureadthroughthisguidebeforecontactingtheFoundation.Pleasecall202.872.9277oremailgrantsussoccerfoundation.orgwithanyquestions. 4WhoWeFundEligibilityRequirementsforAllGrantApplicantsOperateintheUnitedStatesFundingmayonlygotowardsprogrammingorprojectslocatedintheUnitedStates.OrganizationsthatarebasedintheUnitedStatesbutonlyofferprogrammingabroadarenoteligiblefortheAnnualGrantscycle.WhiletheFoundationcommendsorganizationsthatprovidesoccerprogrammingabroadwedonotsupportsuchorganizationsfinanciallythroughourAnnualGrantscycle.InternationalorganizationsmayqualifyfordonationsofsoccerequipmentthroughourPassbackprogram.FormoreinformationonthePassbackprogrampleasevisitourwebsitewww.passback.org.Tax-exemptApplicationmustbesubmittedbyanorganizationwithIRSapprovedtax-exemptstatusatthetimeofapplication.oExamplesoftax-exemptorganizationsanygroupwith501c3statuschurchesindividualschoolsorschooldistrictscitiesormunicipalitiesetc.oIndividualsarenoteligibletoapplyforfunding.SoccerprogrammingApplicantmustoffersoccer-specificprogramming.AdditionalRequirementsforSafePlacestoPlayApplicantsAllSafePlacestoPlayProjectsApplicantmustownorhaveaminimum10yearlandleaselanduseagreementforthelandwherethefieldisorwillbebuilt.Noexceptionswillbemadetothe10yearminimum10yearscountedfromthedateofthegrantapplication.LightingProjectsOnlyApplicantmusthavewrittenauthorizationfromthecommunitywherethelightingprojectwillbeinstalled.Itistheapplicantsresponsibilitytodeterminewhointheircommunitycanauthorizesuchaprojectusuallyamayorcitycounciletc..Authorizationmustbeintheformofaletterstatingthatthecommunityisawareandapprovesoftheinstallationoflightingatthespecifiedfieldlocation.ForanideaofthetypesofgroupsthattheFoundationfundspleaseclickheretoseealistofpastgrantees. 5WhatWeFundSafePlacestoPlayGrantsSafePlacestoPlaygrantsareavailableinfourcategoriesSyntheticTurfLightingIrrigationandSportCourt.Multi-sportfieldprojectsareeligibleforfundingbutsuchfieldsmustbeusedamajorityofthetimeforsoccer.Multi-fieldprojectsarealsoeligible.Projectsthatmustgothroughabiddingprocessareeligible.AllSafePlacestoPlaygrantsexceptforIrrigationcanbeawardedforeitherindoororoutdoorfieldprojects.SafePlacestoPlaygranteeshave12monthsfromthedateoftheawardannouncementtousetheirfunding.SyntheticTurfgrantsareawardedfortheinstallationofasyntheticfieldsurfacefromFieldTurf.Thisfundingcanbeappliedtowardnewfieldconstructionortherefurbishmentofexistingturffields.oGrantAmountUpto200000oFieldTurfRequirementGrantsaredisbursedasin-kindcreditwithFieldTurf.Nocashisdisbursedaspartofthisgrant.GranteesmustuseFieldTurfasthesupplierfortheirfieldprojectifawardedthisgrant.oFieldSizePreferenceisgiventofullsizesoccerfields.TheFoundationunderstandsthatspaceissuesdictatethatfullsizefieldsarenotalwaysanoptionsosmallerfieldsareeligible.Grantamountislargelydependentonthesizeofthefield.Forfieldsunder25000squarefeetapplicantsareencouragedtoconsiderSportCourtasanalternativetosyntheticturf.LightinggrantsareawardedforthepurchaseofMuscoLightingproductstolightfutsalnaturalgrassorsyntheticturffields.Fundingdoesnotcoverinstallation.oGrantAmountUpto50000oMuscoLightingRequirementGrantsaredisbursedasin-kindcreditwithMuscoLighting.Nocashisdisbursedaspartofthisgrant.GranteesmustuseMuscoLightingasthesupplierfortheirfieldprojectifawardedthisgrant.oMuscoproductscomewitha25-yearwarranty.IrrigationgrantsareawardedforthepurchaseofHunterIrrigationproductstoirrigatenaturalgrassorsyntheticturffieldswhileirrigationisnotrequiredforsyntheticturfitisrecommendedforcleaningandcoolingpurposes.Fundingdoesnotcoverinstallation.oGrantAmountUpto15000oHunterIrrigationRequirementGrantsaredisbursedasin-kindcreditwithHunterIrrigation.Nocashisdisbursedaspartofthisgrant.GranteesmustuseHunterIrrigationasthesupplierfortheirfieldprojectifawardedthisgrant.oIrrigationfundingcanONLYbeusedforsprinklersvalvesandorcontrollersfundingdoesNOTcoverpipeswiresfittingselectricalsplicesetc.SportCourtgrantsareawardedfortheinstallationofSportCourtwhichisaninnovativemodularnon-turfsportssurfacethatdeliverssuperiorplayabilityspeedsafetyshockabsorptionandtractionthatisperfectforsmall-sidedsoccerorfutsal.Withitsengineering-gradepolypropylenesurfaceaSportCourtisquicktoinstallandcanbeeasilycustomizedtofittheneedsofyoursoccerproject.oGrantAmountUpto65000 6oSportCourtRequirementGrantsaredisbursedasin-kindcreditwithSportCourt.Nocashisdisbursedaspartofthisgrant.GranteesmustuseSportCourtasthesupplierfortheirfieldprojectifawardedthisgrant.ProgramGrantsProgramgrantsareawardedforgranteestopurchasesoccerequipmentandortocoveroperatingexpenses.Programgranteeshave12monthsfromthedateoftheawardannouncementtousetheirfunding.Grantsupto50000totalforequipmentcashoEquipmentallequipmentgrantsareawardedascreditwithwww.soccer.comnocashisdistributedforequipment.Granteesworkwithasoccer.comrepresentativetoputtogetheranequipmentorderwhichisthensenttotheFoundationforapprovalonceapprovedtheorderisshippedtothegranteeandbilledtotheFoundation.Eligibleequipmentexpensesincludejerseysshortssocksshinguardscleatsballsgoalspop-uporpermanentpoloshirtsforcoacheswhistlesconesballbagsfirstaidkitsscrimmagevestsetc.oCashcashforoperatingexpensesisdisbursedinonecheckafterthegrantagreementandallpaperworkhavebeencompleted.GranteesmustsubmittwofinancialreportsoneinJulyandoneinDecembertoaccountforhowthemoneywasspent.Eligibleoperatingexpensesincludestipendsforcoachesandprogrammanagerstransportationhealthysnacksawardbanquetsforplayersfieldorfacilityrentalfeesrefereefeesbackgroundchecksfamilyengagementeventsetc. 7WhatWeDoNotFundSafePlacestoPlayGrantsNaturalgrassfieldshoweverorganizationsthathaveorarebuildinggrassfieldsareeligibleforlightingandirrigationgrants.AnystructuresamenitiesthatarenotpartofthefielditselfincludingoBleachersoBathroomsoConcessionstandsoFencingoParkinglotsProgramGrantsScholarshipssponsorshipsregistrationfeesforindividualplayersTicketsortransportationtoprofessionalsportingeventsOnetimecampsorclinicsEquipmentforcoachespolosorsweatshirtsareokayItemstobeusedforauctionsorfundraisingi.e.professionalteamjerseysorothercollectableitems 8ApplicationProcessSafePlacestoPlayApplicantsLetterofInquiryLOI-DirectionsPleasesendanemailtograntsussoccerfoundation.orgwiththesubjectlineSafePlacestoPlayGrantLOIthatincludesallrequiredinformationanddocumentationoutlinedbelow.WithinthreeweeksyouwillreceivearesponsethatincludesaninvitationtocompletetheFoundationsfullapplicationorabriefexplanationforwhyyourorganizationwasnotselectedtoproceed.oOrganizationnameandlocation.oIndicatewhattypesoffundingyourorganizationisrequestingSyntheticTurfLightingIrrigationSportCourtaswellastheleveloffundingrequested.Youmayrequestfundinginmultiplecategoriesinasinglegrantcycle.oDocumentationoftax-exemptstatus.oConstructiontimelineincludingcompletiondate.oProjectbudgetfromappropriateFoundationpartnerSyntheticTurfFieldTurfLightingMuscoIrrigationHunterIndustriesSportCourtSportCourtoPleaseattachaonepageWorddocumentdoublespaceddescriptionoftheprojectincludingwhothefieldwillservewhythecommunityneedsthefieldandthecurrentfundingplanningstatusoftheproject.WithinthreeweeksofsubmittinganLOIorganizationswillreceiveoneoftworesponses1Aninvitationtocompleteafullapplicationwhichmustbesubmittedbythenextapplicationdeadline.Theapplicationmustbecompletedonline.2Abriefexplanationofwhyanorganizationwasnotinvitedtoformallyapplyi.e.eligibilityissuesdoesnotmatchtheFoundationsmissionetc..ProgramApplicantsTheprogramapplicationdoesnotrequireaLetterofInquiryLOItheapplicationisavailabletoalleligibleorganizationsasdefinedinthisgrantsguidetax-exemptandoperatingsoccerprogrammingintheUnitedStates.TheapplicationwillbeavailableontheFoundationswebsiteapproximatelysixweeksbeforeitisdue.TheapplicationdeadlineisusuallyonaroundOctober1st.Pleasesignupforouremaillistwhichyoucandoonourhomepagewww.ussoccerfoundation.orgtobenotifiedwhentheapplicationisavailable. 9TimelineImportantDatesSafePlacestoPlayGrantsThreeapplicationdeadlinesoOctober1stAwardsannouncedonaroundDecember15thoFebruary1stAwardsannouncedonaroundApril15thoJune1stAwardsannouncedonaroundAugust15thProgramGrantsOneapplicationdeadlineoOctober1stAwardsannouncedonaroundDecember15thConsecutiveyearfundingoTheFoundationhasaoneyearononeyearoffpolicyforProgramGranteesforexampleifyourorganizationreceivesaprogramgrantforFY2014youmaynotapplyfortheFY2015cyclebutmayapplyagainforFY2016funding.oBecausethisisanewpolicyallorganizationsregardlessoftheirfundinghistorywiththeFoundationareeligibletoapplyforFY2014funding.OrganizationsthatreceiveprogramfundinginFY2014willnotbeeligibleforfundinginFY2015. 10FundingDetailsSafePlacestoPlayGrantsAllSafePlacestoPlaygrantsarein-kindgrantsandfunctionasacreditwiththerespectivevendor.Oncesignedgrantagreementsandrequiredcertificatesofinsurancearesubmittedthegranteeworkswiththeappropriatevendortocompletethefieldproject.OncetheprojectiscompletedthevendorsubmitsaCertificateofCompletiontotheFoundationandacreditfortheappropriatedollaramountisappliedtothegranteesbillwiththevendor.ProgramGrantsCashawardsaredispersedinonelumpsum.CheckswillbecutafewweeksaftergrantagreementsandcertificatesofinsurancearesubmittedtotheFoundation.GranteesarerequiredtosubmittwofinancialreportsoneinJulyandoneinDecemberaccountingforhowthemoneywasspent.Equipmentcreditswithwww.soccer.comarereleasedoncegrantagreementsandcertificatesofinsurancearesubmittedtotheFoundation.GranteesworkdirectlywiththeFoundationsrepresentativeatwww.soccer.comtobuildequipmentordersinlinewiththeirgrantapplication.EquipmentordersarethensubmittedtotheFoundationforapprovalonceapprovedtheorderisshippedtothegranteeandbilledtotheFoundation. 11ReportingRequirementsSafePlacestoPlayGrantsSafePlacestoPlaygranteesmustsubmitbeforeandafterpicturesoftheirfieldprojects.SafePlacestoPlaygranteesmustalsosubmitsixandtwelvemonthprogressreportsaswellasacommunityimpactreportoncethefieldprojectiscompleted.ProgramGrantsAllProgramgranteesmustsubmitprogramreportsapproximatelysixandtwelvemonthsintotheirgrantexactdatesaredeterminedyeartoyearandarecommunicatedwithgranteeswellinadvanceofsubmissiondeadlines.ThesereportsincludeempiricaldataandnarrativeresponsesabouttheimpactoftheFoundationsgrantonanorganizationsprogramming.Programgranteeswhoreceivecashforoperationsaspartoftheirgrantwillalsoberequiredtosubmitsixandtwelvemonthfinancialreportsaccountingforhowtheirgrantfundswerespent. 12CharacteristicsofaStrongApplicationWell-WrittenApplicationoNotyposorspellingmistakesnoevidencethatanswerswerecopiedandpastedfromanotherapplicationallquestionsareansweredandallrequireddocumentsareincludedPLEASEPROOFREADYouthDevelopmentFocusoThemissionoftheFoundationistousesoccerasavehicleforsocialchangeprogramsandprojectsmusthaveanintentionalfocusononeormoreaspectsofyouthdevelopmenthealtheducationsafetyetc..UrbanandUnderservedoThepriorityoftheAnnualGrantsprogramistofundorganizationsthatworkwithplayersinunderservedurbanareasbuttheFoundationdoesnotdefineurbanorunderserved.OrganizationsfromsuburbanorruralareasarewelcometoapplyandtheFoundationhasfundedsuchgroupsbeforebutitisimportanttorememberthattheFoundationsfundingpriorityisprogrammingthatreachesplayersinurbanandunderservedcommunities.DiverseFundingSourcesoDiversefundingsourcesotherfoundationscorporationsindividualsetc.showtheFoundationthatanapplicantisfinanciallysustainableandisnotsolelydependentononeortwosourcesoffunding.oTheamountoffundingrequestedfromtheFoundationshouldnotaccountformorethan50ofaprogramorprojectbudget.Pleaseuseyourbestjudgmentonthisguidelineifyourorganizationprovidesstrictlysoccerprogrammingthenthisguidelineappliestoyourentirebudget.Ifyouareapplyingonbehalfofasoccerprogramrunbyaschooldistrictthisguidelineappliestothebudgetforthesoccerprogramnottheentireschooldistrict.SustainabilityoTheFoundationwantstobeconfidentthattheprogramsandprojectsfundedthroughtheAnnualGrantscyclearesustainableone-timeeventssuchascampsorclinicsarenoteligibleforfunding.oStart-upandlong-establishedprogramsarebotheligibleforfundingeachorganizationshoulddemonstratewhattheyhavedoneinthepastifalreadyestablishedandorwhattheyplantodointhefuturebothfinanciallyandprogrammaticallytosustainthemselves.CommunityImpactoTheFoundationseekstofundprogramsandprojectsthathaveatangibleimpactontheircommunityathoroughmeasurementandevaluationstrategyishighlyimportant. 13PlayersServedoTheFoundationstrivestofundqualityprogrammingforthelargestnumberofplayerspossibleorganizationsneednotservehundredsorthousandsofplayersbuttheamountofthegrantrequestshouldappropriatelycorrespondtothesizeandscopeoftheprogram.WhyStrongProgramsDoNotAlwaysGetFundedoLimitedResourceslikemostfunderstheU.S.SoccerFoundationhaslimitedresourcesasaresulteveryyeartherearehigh-performingmission-alignedprogramsandprojectsthatdonotgetfunded.oHighlyCompetitiveeachyeartheFoundationreceivesapproximately600applicationsandisabletoawardapproximately40-50grantstheFoundationencouragesorganizationstore-applyeveryyeartheyareeligibleasthepoolofapplicantsisdifferenteachyear.FeedbackoUnfortunatelyduetothelargevolumeofapplicationstheFoundationstaffisunabletogivefeedbackonspecificapplications.