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Safe Places to Play Grants

In-Kind Grants to USA Nonprofits to Build Soccer
Fields for Children in Underserved Communities

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Foundation / Corporation

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U.S. Soccer Foundation

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In-kind grants of up to $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations to build soccer fields in underserved communities. Letters of intent are due by January 26. Funding is intended to help cover the costs associated with lighting, irrigation, construction, surfacing, and enhancement of soccer fields.

Safe Places to Play transforms abandoned courts, empty schoolyards, vacant lots and the like into state-of-the-art soccer fields for kids.

For communities where space is at a premium, Safe Places to Play developed "the mini-pitch." These are small, customized areas perfectly suited for organized soccer programs and pick-up games. Mini-pitches provide a quality playing surface for kids. They also transform the look and feel of neighborhoods.

Funding support depends on the field grant type. The grants support between 15% and 50% of project costs. The exception is irrigation, which can support 100% of project costs.

Grant Use:

- All Safe Places to Play grants function as product credit towards the grant project.
- Adjustments to scope of project must be approved by the Foundation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180328

Estimated Size of Grant:

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
- SportCourt = $15,000 for single field projects; $30,000 for multi-field projects
- AstroTurf = No more than 15% of total project cost

Term of Contract:

The funded project should have a clear timeline, with a plan to complete the project within one year of the grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility 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.
- Nonprofit Status – applicants must be a nonprofit entity.
- Soccer-Specific Play Space – field space must be majority-use soccer.

Pre-Application Information:

Click here for more information about Safe Places to Play Grants:

Click here to learn more about mini-pitches:

To be eligible for a Safe Places to Play grant application, your organization must have at least 50% of the funding required to complete your project.

More about the grant application process:

You will need to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) to the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Grants department. Within three weeks of submitting a Safe Places to Play LOI, organizations will receive one of two responses:

(1) An invitation to complete a full application for a Safe Places to Play grant, which will be completed online; or
(2) A brief explanation of why an organization was not invited to formally apply (i.e. – eligibility issues, does not match the Foundation’s mission, etc.).

Key Dates for the 2018 Grant Cycles:

2018 Spring Grant Cycle:

1/3/2018 - Letter of Interest [LOI] open
1/26/18 - Letter of Interest [LOI] due
2/2/18 - Application deadline

2018 Summer Grant Cycle:

5/1/18 - Letter of Interest [LOI] open
5/25/18 - Letter of Interest [LOI] due
6/1/18 - Application deadline

2018 Fall Grant Cycle:

9/3/18 - Letter of Interest [LOI] open
9/28/18 - Letter of Interest [LOI] due
10/5/18 - Application deadline

As part of your LOI submission, you must obtain and submit an official project quote from the appropriate U.S. Soccer Foundation Corporate Partner(s) relating to your project. Before submitting your LOI, please contact the appropriate partner(s) for your project from the list below. Your request to the appropriate partner(s) should contain specifics of your project such as field measurements, including square footage, timeline, and your organization’s financial capacity and plans for covering the project’s cost beyond the assistance of the Foundation’s grant funding.

Please allow a minimum of 15 business days for each corporate partner to return a completed project quote to you. Organizations contacting a corporate partner less than 15 business days prior to an LOI deadline may not be accepted for that particular grant cycle.

- Synthetic Turf: AstroTurf (Anthony DiCicco:
- Lighting: Musco Lighting (Visit and complete the form)
- Irrigation: Hunter Industries (Lynda Wightman:
- Sport Court: Sport Court (Joel McCausland:

Contact Information:

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

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For questions about Safe Places to Play grants, please contact Alex Bard at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming