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In-Kind Grants of Equipment to USA Schools and
Community Organizations for Sports Programs for Youth

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In-kind grants of sports equipment to USA schools and organizations to support sports programs for youth. Priority is given to programs that serve economically disadvantaged and diverse communities. The purpose of the grant program is to provide organizations with free lacrosse equipment and support so they can provide affordable and accessible youth lacrosse activities to their participants.

The grant equipment package options are as follows:

  • The Starter Kit Grant includes up to 30 lacrosse sticks, two dozen soft-practice balls, and two 3’x3’ goals to help organizations introduce the sport to new participants. Starter Kit grants also include the option to request complimentary USA Lacrosse memberships for up to 2 adult coaches and 30 new youth players.
  • Youth and High School Equipment Grant: Youth and High School grants include lacrosse equipment for up to 20 field players and 1 goalie. Organizations that receive a team grant are required to be participants in the USA Lacrosse 100% Membership Program. To help organizations meet the 100% membership requirement, Youth and High School grants include the option to request complimentary USA Lacrosse memberships for up to 2 adult coaches and 20 new youth or high school players.
  • Pad Upgrade Grants include up to 20 shoulder pads to help players meet the NOCSAE pad requirement and reduce the barrier to play due to additional equipment costs. Organizations should only request pad upgrades for players who would otherwise be unable to play due to the financial strain of purchasing replacement shoulder pads. Organizations and their players who are able to purchase pads without the support of a grant are not eligible to receive Pad Upgrade grant equipment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All organizations seeking funding, grants, or support, regardless of the amount or type requested, are required to meet the following criteria:
- Must directly serve youth between ages 6-19 with a priority on youth ages 14 and under
- Must be located in and serve youth within the United States
- Must operate an organized sport, recreational activity, or fitness program
- Must offer consistent/structured opportunity for lacrosse play to large groups of children
- Must deliver programming through experienced and committed leadership
- Must deliver a minimum 6-week sports/physical activity program
- Must follow the USA Lacrosse Native American mascot policy
- Must be willing and able to comply with USA Lacrosse best practices and Return to Play recommendations

Applicant Requirements:
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
- Applicants must be directly associated with the organization for which he or she is applying. Physical Education grant applicants must work for the school for which they are applying.
- Applicants must submit a completed US Lacrosse Proposal form. Due to the competitive nature of the grant process, incomplete proposals will not be eligible for consideration.
- Applicants must provide USA Lacrosse with his or her organization’s completed W-9 and Employer Identification Number (EIN).

- Preference is given to organizations working with both boys and girls
- Preference is given to organizations that demonstrate an ability to reach participants in underrepresented and diverse communities
- USA Lacrosse prioritizes awarding grants to nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation
- USA Lacrosse prioritizes awarding grants to organizations that require all players and coaches to maintain active USA Lacrosse Memberships. If your organization does not currently require USA Lacrosse Membership to participate in your program, please contact your Regional Manager to learn more. *Note: This preference does not apply to Physical Education grant applicants

Pre-Application Information:

Round 1: Early Bird (2021 4Q Fulfillment)
- Application Open: September 1, 2021 – September 13, 2021
- Notification Date: October 1, 2021
- Agreements Due: October 15, 2021
- Grant Order Fulfillments: November 2021 – December 2021
- First Stick Roster Deadline (if applicable): November 20, 2021
- Mid-Term Grant Check-In Due: January 25, 2022
- Post-Grant Reflection Due: May 15, 2022

Round 2: Standard (2022 1Q Fulfillment)
- Application Open: October 1, 2021 – October 13, 2021
- Notification Date: November 1, 2021
- Agreements Due: November 15, 2021
- Grant Order Fulfillments: January 2022 – March 2022
- First Stick Roster Deadline (if applicable): January 20, 2022
- Mid-Term Grant Check-In Due: March 25, 2022
- Post-Grant Reflection Due: May 15, 2022

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


Direct questions to your regional manager at the following link:

US Lacrosse
2 Loveton Circle
Sparks, MD 21152

Phone: (410) 235-6882
Fax: (410) 366-6735

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