The Ultimate Guide for Sports Sponsorship Grants

Thinking about applying for sports sponsorship grants? Here’s what you need to know.

WAIT, WHAT IS A GRANT?

A grant is a sum of money given for a particular purpose. There are a variety of national grants designed specifically for youth sports purposes, such as improving sports equipment for leagues and helping children stay active in the community. There are also national grants designed for general purposes, some of which are willing to give grants towards youth sports.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GRANT AND SPONSORSHIP?

Think of a grant as a long term option to raise large funds and a local sponsorship as a quick way to raise smaller amounts. Also, many of the grant programs listed below will only approve 501(c)(3) organizations, so if you are an individual rather than an organization, you are better off going with the local sponsorship approach.

Keep in mind that the process of applying for and receiving a grant can take a long time, so if you are looking to raise money quickly, you should check out our local sponsorship guide which can help get money from local businesses.

READY TO APPLY FOR A GRANT?

Simply click on a program to learn more!

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Dick’s Sports Matter Program
Through its Sports Matter program, DICK’s Sporting Goods supports youth athletic programs in communities across the country.

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Nike’s Community Impact
In addition to our signature programs, Nike supports community organizations around the world through local grant opportunities like the Nike Community Impact Fund, which has given more than $4 million since its launch.
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NFL Foundation
The NFL Foundation provides funding to support youth football, health and safety for athletes and community programs.
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LPGA Foundation
The LPGA Foundation has helped more than 300,000 people through various scholarship and financial assistance programs.
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MLB’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund awards grants to organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities.
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U.S. Soccer Foundation
Passback collects and redistributes soccer equipment to children in underserved communities where children love the sport but don’t have the resources to play. People who love soccer are able to recycle their gear and enrich the lives of children.
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Charlotte Martin Foundation
One of the Charlotte Martin Foundation's focuses is to ensure opportunities for youth, particularly youth of color and the economically disadvantaged to develop their skills in education, creative and cultural expression, and athletics.
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Good Sports
Good Sports gives all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need.
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Keurig Dr Pepper’s Let’s Play
Keurig Dr Pepper is providing kids, families, and communities with the funding, equipment, and play spaces to help make active play a daily priority.
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Daniels Fund
The Daniels Fund, established by Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation focusing on the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. One of its funding areas is youth sports.

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