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USTA Northern
1001 W. 98th Street, Ste. 101
Bloomington, Minn. 55431
(952) 887-5001

Grant Opportunities

(Note: Grant titles link directly to the appropriate application form)
Please note: USTA Northern services the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Northwestern WI.  Requests from outside of that geographic area will not be considered.  To locate your USTA section office, please visit: www.usta.com.

·         2017 Community Tennis Grant:  For starting or expanding community based tennis programs and activities. Two grant types are available in 2017: Project/Program Support and Organizational Capacity Building. Funding amounts range from $250 - $3,000, depending on size of the organization and scope of the project. Grant review typically takes about one month and awards will be given until funds are depleted. Additional funding cycles may be added. Deadlines to apply: February 15, May 1 and September 1.

      To learn more about the Community Tennis Grant process and hear reviewer comments on the below sample applications, click here for a 30-minute webinar.

      For sample applications and a sample accountability report, click below

                     Sample Application #1
               Sample Application #2

               Sample Application #3

      For a Committee Review Criteria/Scorecard, click here.

      Contact Christine Nickels at nickels@northern.usta.com for more information.
·         USTA Northern Adopt-a-Court Grant:  As a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to "promote and develop the growth of tennis," USTA Northern recognizes the importance of making financial investments in the infrastructure of tennis facilities to foster the sport’s continued growth. All tennis facilities that are open to the public and meet additional requirements as outlined in the application are invited to apply for the USTA Northern Adopt-A-Court Grant. 
  • Category I:  For basic facility improvements and fixed court amenities (e.g. windscreens, backboards, fencing, lighting).  Matching Grants up to $2,500
  • Category II:  For reconstruction/renovation of facilities with less than 4 courts.  Up to 10 percent of project cost with cap of $5,000.
  • Category III:  For new construction and reconstruction of facilities with 4 courts or more.  Up to 10 percent of project cost with cap of $15,000.

     For sample applications, click below:
              Sample Application #1 - New Construction
              Sample Application #2 – Amenities
              Sample Application #3 - Reconstruction

                    Committee Review Criteria/Scorecard
      Deadline to apply is February 15, 2017. For more information, contact Christine Nickels at nickels@northern.usta.com.
·        USTA Public Facility Funding:  Available by invitation only with no specific deadlines. Interested organizations must complete a Public Facility Assistance Form located online at http://ct.usta.com/pfa. In addition to funding, USTA provides a variety of resources to facilities looking to renovate exisiting facilities or build new ones including advocacy assistance, concept drawings, construction & maintenance manual, programming assistance for maximum court utilization and more. This form can be completed at anytime during the year. Contact Christine Nickels at nickels@northern.usta.com for more information.

 ·       USTA Red, Orange, Green Blended Lines & Conversion Grant: As a facility committed to offering the Red, Orange, Green Tennis format, USTA Northern recognizes your need for permanent lines and/or courts. To help, we're making grants available to any facility wishing to paint permanent lines on its courts. The current cost for lining courts ranges from approximately $200-$400 per court. Maximum grant award is 75% of the project cost and communities are required to pay the remaining 25% of the cost. No specific deadline. Contact Christine Nickels at nickels@northern.usta.com for more information.

·        USTA Northern Red, Orange, Green Equipment Matching Grants: USTA Northern offers a buy one-get one free program on Red, Orange, Green, Tennis Equipment for CTA’s, Parks, Schools and NJTL programs. Maximum grant allowed is $300/$300 split between USTA Northern and the organization. Contact Carolyn Kramer at kramer@northern.usta.com for more information.

·        USTA Northern Red, Orange, Green School Equipment Matching Grants For Free & Reduced Lunch Programs: USTA Northern offes an equipment grant to schools that have more than 40% of the student population on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Each school will qualify for a package consisting of the following: up to 35 tennis racquets (depending on class size), 36 foam or red felt balls, 1 roll of tennis caution tape. Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are depleted. Priority is given to those who have attended a USTA Teacher Workshop or 10 and Under Workshop. For more information contact Carolyn Kramer at kramer@northern.usta.com.

·        Event Donations: USTA Northern recognizes the importance of community involvement and tries to participate in the many charitable events organized by our tennis family each year. Community organizations may request in-kind support by completing a Donation Request Form. We will do our best to support your event with a reasonable donation provided it meets our giving guidelines. Requests must be received at least six weeks prior to the event date. Contact Christine Nickels at nickels@northern.usta.com for more information.
·        Marketing Grant For First-Time Rally the Family Event Hosts - USTA Northern is offering up to $100 of marketing money for organizations who host a Rally the Family event in May or June. These grants are only for organizations who have never hosted a Rally the Family event. For more information, contact Lisa Mushett at mushett@northern.usta.com.
·        Visiting Pro Program: USTA Northern offers communities the chance to connect with a visiting pro for special events and programming. All USTA Northern Visiting Pros are trained professionals with certification by the USPTA or PTR. Community organizations have the option of hiring a visiting pro for a fee by contacting Tony Stingley at stingley@northern.usta.com at least six weeks prior to the event date. Below are some sample events that a visiting pro might be secured for: 
· Tennis Block Party – free or low-cost events aimed at attracting new and lapsed players to the courts, used to market follow-up tennis programs
 · Tennis Clinic - for a specific audience on a specific topic (i.e. Adult Doubles Clinic), a participant fee is typically charged by the host organization 
· Facility Grand Opening – tennis clinic/activities organized at a new or renovated court site in celebration of successful fundraising efforts
To see bios on the USTA Northern Visiting Pros, click here.  Contact Christine Nickels at nickels@northern.usta.com for more information.
·         Workshop Scholarships: Interested in becoming a better coach, a more effective board member, or a better facility manager? Consider attending one of the USTA training workshops and conferences available to you (see Training Opportunities section of guide). Both national and sectional scholarships are available for many events. Contact Christine Nickels at nickels@northern.usta.com for more information.
·          CTA US Open President's Suite Ticket Program: USTA Northern invites all Community Tennis Associations who are undertaking major fundraising campaigns to use this program as leverage to generate additional donations. If your CTA is selected, one of your major donors will receive a pair of invitations to be the guest of the USTA President during one of the first four days of the US Open. For more information, please contact Christine Nickels at nickels@northern.usta.com or at (952) 358-3290
·        USTA Foundation Grant: USTA Foundation awards grants to programs that support at-risk youth and people with disabilities through tennis and education programs desinged to improve health, build character and strive for academic excellence. For additional information about submitting a grant proposal, please e-mail foundation@usta.com or go online to www.ustafoundation.com. Grant application deadline will be the fall of 2017.
2017 Multicultural Program Excellence Grant:   The purpose of this grant is to widen the net of opportunities for young minority players who aspire to excellence in competitive tennis, while assisting junior development programs in enhancing the skills of the coaching staff. For more information, contact Christine Nickels at nickels@northern.usta.com.
Additional USTA Northern support may become available throughout the year. If you are unsure about whether or not funding is available to support your goals, please contact Christine Nickels at nickels@northern.usta.com or (952) 358-3290.

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