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12CharacteristicsofaStrongApplicationWell-WrittenApplicationoNotyposorspellingmistakesnoevidencethatanswerswerecopiedandpastedfromanotherapplicationallquestionsareansweredandallrequireddocumentsareincludedPLEASEPROOFREADYouthDevelopmentFocusoThemissionoftheFoundationistousesoccerasavehicleforsocialchangeprogramsandprojectsmusthaveanintentionalfocusononeormoreaspectsofyouthdevelopmenthealtheducationsafetyetc..UrbanandUnderservedoThepriorityoftheAnnualGrantsprogramistofundorganizationsthatworkwithplayersinunderservedurbanareasbuttheFoundationdoesnotdefineurbanorunderserved.OrganizationsfromsuburbanorruralareasarewelcometoapplyandtheFoundationhasfundedsuchgroupsbeforebutitisimportanttorememberthattheFoundationsfundingpriorityisprogrammingthatreachesplayersinurbanandunderservedcommunities.DiverseFundingSourcesoDiversefundingsourcesotherfoundationscorporationsindividualsetc.showtheFoundationthatanapplicantisfinanciallysustainableandisnotsolelydependentononeortwosourcesoffunding.oTheamountoffundingrequestedfromtheFoundationshouldnotaccountformorethan50ofaprogramorprojectbudget.Pleaseuseyourbestjudgmentonthisguidelineifyourorganizationprovidesstrictlysoccerprogrammingthenthisguidelineappliestoyourentirebudget.Ifyouareapplyingonbehalfofasoccerprogramrunbyaschooldistrictthisguidelineappliestothebudgetforthesoccerprogramnottheentireschooldistrict.SustainabilityoTheFoundationwantstobeconfidentthattheprogramsandprojectsfundedthroughtheAnnualGrantscyclearesustainableone-timeeventssuchascampsorclinicsarenoteligibleforfunding.oStart-upandlong-establishedprogramsarebotheligibleforfundingeachorganizationshoulddemonstratewhattheyhavedoneinthepastifalreadyestablishedandorwhattheyplantodointhefuturebothfinanciallyandprogrammaticallytosustainthemselves.CommunityImpactoTheFoundationseekstofundprogramsandprojectsthathaveatangibleimpactontheircommunityathoroughmeasurementandevaluationstrategyishighlyimportant.