Youth living in underserved communities often have limited spaces to play in a healthy and safe environment. To remedy this, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has provided over $59 million to soccer organizations and field-building initiatives nationwide since its inception in 1994. More than six hundred organizations have received grants to date, resulting in the creation of over 1,100 safe places for children to play.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is currently accepting Letters of Inquiry for the Safe Places to Play program, which funds improvements to a community’s field space. Up to $200,000 of Field Building grants will be awarded for the installation of field surfaces, lighting and irrigation.
To be eligible for a Field Building grant, applicants must:
- Apply on behalf of a program or project operating in the U.S.
- Be a non-profit organization, school, municipality, college or university, or sovereign tribal nation.
- Apply as, or on behalf of, a field-building project.
- Own or have a minimum of a ten-year land lease/land use agreement on the land where the field-building project will take place.
Letters of inquiry must be received no later than February 1, 2014. Upon review, select applicants will be invited to submit a full application. For more information on Safe Places to Play, click here. For more information on the U.S. Soccer Foundation and their initiatives, click here.