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USTA National Grants

ACES for KIDS - The USTA Tennis and Education Foundation, coordinating with the Public Affairs Committee of the USTA, is soliciting proposals for the purpose of funding programs under its Aces for Kids initiative. The United States Tennis Association (“USTA”) is seeking proposals from not-for-profit organizations (preference given to 501(c)(3) organizations) to implement Aces for Kids, a national initiative that is overseen by the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation (USTA T&EF). Aces for Kids strives to promote healthy lifestyles and combat childhood/adult obesity by providing disadvantaged, underserved children the opportunity to learn to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format. All programs requesting support under the Aces for Kids initiative must offer the components of tennis and education. The deadline is January 13th, 2006. Click here for the Aces for Kids RFP.

ITF Development Grant – Wheelchair Programs: If you have an interesting development proposal and wish to apply for a grant for an Invacare Camp or Rehabilitation Center Program please fill out the attached form. Grants will start at US$500 and the maximum grant available is US$1500. The ITF will also consider grant applications for another activity that helps promote and develop the sport. Priority will be given to projects/programs that:

(a) promote the women’s game
(b) promote the junior game
(c) promote the quad game
(d) promote coach education
(e) involve more than one IWTA member nation working in co-operation

The application deadline is November 25, 2005. Click here for the information page, Click here for the grant application.

NJTL Tennis and Leadership Camp Scholarship: The USA Tennis NJTL Tennis and Leadership Camp provides an educational tennis experience for USA Tennis NJTL participants who could not afford such an opportunity. The weeklong session emphasizes character and leadership development, good sportsmanship, physical fitness, proper nutrition, and other healthy attitudes. Tennis is the focus of the week; however, other activities are planned such as sightseeing, cultural, sporting, and social activities. Player must be a current NJTL participant; 12-14 years of age; within the JNTRP's skill rating level of 3.0-4.5; and whose family demonstrates a financial need.

National Contact: Dan Limbago, (914) 696-7000

Grant Amount: All Expenses Paid
# Available: Based on Section strength of active Chapter/ Programs
Date Apps Available: Late April
Date Apps Due Section: Mid May
Date Apps Due USTA: Early June
Date Grant Awarded: Late June

USTA Tennis & Education Foundation: Awarded to nonprofit organizations that support efforts in tennis and education to help disadvantaged, at-risk youth and people with disabilities. Consideration is given to NJTL programs and those following "Aces for Kids" model.

National Contact: Ellen Del Colle, USTA T&EF, (914) 696-7074

Grant Amount: Applicants may request specific amounts in their proposals
# Available: Varies
Date Apps Available: Online Year Round
Date Apps Due USTA: March 15 & October 15
Date Grant Awarded: May & December

USTA Tennis & Education Foundation College Education Scholarship: The USA Tennis Foundation awards college educational scholarships annually to high school seniors who have excelled academically and participated extensively in USTA youth tennis programs. The scholarship is payable up to four years at $1,500 per year. If a recipient of a college education scholarship is enrolling in a two-year community college program, the recipient must prepare a written request for the scholarship to continue should the student transfer to a four-year college or university.

National Contact: Jackie Materasso, Foundation Coordinator, USTA T&EF, (914) 696-7175

Grant Amount: $6000; $1,500 per year, for four years
# Available: Varies
Date Apps Available: End of October
Date Apps Due Section: February
Date Apps Due USTA: March
Date Grant Awarded: Mid-April

USTA Tennis & Education Player Incentive Scholarships/Incentive Award: To encourage the development of USTA youth tennis program participants (18 years or younger) with great potential and a commitment to higher education. Scholarships are available to high school seniors and incentive awards are available to middle and high school students.

National Contact: Jackie Materasso, Foundation Coordinator, USTA T&EF, (914) 696-7175.

rant Amount: $500; nonrenewable, to be applied towards tournament fees, lessons, programs, etc.

# Available: Varies
Date Apps Available: end of October
Date Apps Due Section: February
Date Apps Due USTA: March
Date Grant Awarded: May

USTA Multicultural Participation Initiative: Lack of financial resources has been identified as a major barrier for young minority players who aspire to excellence in competitive tennis, as well as for local program organizers delivering tennis programs to multicultural audiences. For the purpose of this grant minority and multicultural are being defined as African-American, Asian, Asian American, Hispanic, Latino American, North American Indian, Pacific Islander, and Other Non-White populations. Applications are due at USTA Southern Section by December 31, 2005. There are 4 types of multicultural grants available:

  • Multicultural Excellence Program Grant ($5000 - $20,000)
  • Multicultural Individual Player Grant for National Competition & Training ($2500 - $10,000)
  • Multicultural Community Outreach Grant ($2500 - $20,000)
  • Okechi Womeodu Scholar Athlete Grant ($5000)

Click here for the Multicultural Excellence Program Grant application

Click here for the Multicultural Individual Player Grant for National Competition & Training application

Click here for the Multicultural Community Outrach Grant

Click here for the Okechi Womeodu Scholar Athlete Grant application

Tennis in the Parks Grant: The following provides an overview of the 2006 Tennis In the Parks Initiative. To be eligible for 2006 resources organizations need to submit an online pre-assessment by January 6, 2006. The online pre-assessment is available through the National Recreation and Parks Association website at, www.nrpa.org/usta. Possible resource allocations include:

  • Cash grants for instructors
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Equipment and/or facilities
  • Scholarships to training workshops
  • Program materials
  • Consulting sessions
  • Promotional materials

USTA Public Facility Funding Grant

The USTA's Public Facility Grants fall under the Tennis in the Parks Initiative. From October 21 until January 6th, 2006, we (USTA and NRPA) ask communities to assess (or reassess for those with prior participation) tennis in their community. This is an on-line assessment and asks participants to give priorities based on choices given on what is important to that community. Based on the responses given, each community is serviced with items specific to that communities needs.

All communities with a complete on-line assessment can request a facility funding application.

Grant Categories:

  • Category I: Grants up to $2,500 from the USTA National that must be matched dollar for dollar for facility improvements including fixed amenities, e.g. resurfacing, windscreens, backboards, fencing, lighting systems.
  • Category II: Reconstruction: Grants up to $100,000 or 20% of the total project budget (whichever is less) for any reconstruction of public tennis facilities, an application must be for four courts or more.
  • Category III: New Construction: Grants up to $200,000 or 20% of the total project budget (whichever is less) for any new construction of public tennis facilities of four courts or more.

Grant Guidelines:

  • The grant program is for public facilities or facilities that allow the public to play on its courts.
  • The application must be submitted with supporting documentation by the respective deadline date.
  • As a requirement of acceptance the facility agrees to develop new tennis players by providing clinics, beginner or retention programs.
  • Awarded facilities must complete an annual assessment for up to five years.
  • Incomplete applications could result in the application being returned.
  • All tennis courts must be regulation size to receive funding.

Review #1 Review #2 Review #3

Online Assessment Deadline:

January 6, 2006

January 6, 2006

January 6, 2006

Application Deadlines:

February 15, 2006

May 15, 2006 *

September 15, 2006 *

Announce Awards:

March 14, 2006

June 9, 2006

October 13, 2006

* Contingent upon availability of funding after Review 1 and 2

For more information, please email facilityfunding@usta.com, or contact Graham Cox at USTA South Carolina, 800-644-7282 or gcox@southerntennis.com.

Community Funding:

USTA Community Funding Grant: $5,000 to $25,000 awards available
Available to community tennis associations registered with the USTA and classified as an IRS 501c(3) nonprofit organization or have a fiscal agent. Three types of grants are awarded: Project/Program Support, Organizational Capacity Building Support and General Operating Support, in three funding areas: Tennis Program Development, Marketing and Promotion and Training and Education.
Applications must be made online by the October 2, 2006 deadline. 2007 USTA Community Funding Grant Application (scroll to the bottom of the page)
General Information:
One of the ways the United States Tennis Association Incorporated (“USTA”) continues to succeed is through awarding grants to not-for-profit organizations that promote and develop the growth of tennis and use the sport of tennis to build stronger, healthier communities.
The USTA will typically award grants from the Community Grant Program in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.
Types of Grants – The USTA awards two (2) types of grants.
Project/Program Support – A grant made to an organization for a specific program or project promoting the growth and development of tennis. (i.e. Developing new team based play programs to retain players, marketing projects that reach out to non-traditional tennis audiences, new tournament series/formats that use transition equipment, etc.)
Organizational Capacity Building Support – A grant made to an organization to improve the organizations’ effectiveness and performance. Organization effectiveness is defined as – the ability of an organization to fulfill its mission through a blend of sound management, strong governance, and a persistent rededication to achieving results.
The USTA supports community tennis associations with programs that meet the USTA grant initiatives, including:
Tennis Program Development – Developing new on-court tennis programs or improving and expanding existing on-court tennis programs.
Marketing and Promotion – Assisting organizations to market and promote their organization and its tennis programs, services and activities.
Training and Education – Assisting organizations with on-court tennis training staff, and volunteer leadership training and education, Board development training and education.
The USTA Community Grant Program does not fund:
Individuals
General operating support for nonprofit organizations (i.e. unrestricted funding for administrative salaries, office expenses, etc.)
Capital projects
Programs or projects that do not promote and develop the sport of tennis.
Commercial organizations
Contact gcox@sctennis.com for additional information.

Grow Tennis 50/50 Adult Co-op Funding: This program offers matching advertising/promotional dollars from the Tennis Industry Association and the USTA to entrepreneurs who want to attract new or former junior and adult players into the game. Co-op advertising/promotional dollars between $250 and $2500 are available for a 50/50 match with each participating facility. Applications considered on a first-come, first-serve basis while funds last. For additional information visit www.growingtennis.com.

Multicultural USTA Tennis Teachers Conference and Arthur Ashe Kids Day Moderator Scholarship: Provide funding to cover expenses for multicultural coaches to attend USTA Tennis Teachers Conference and assist with Arthur Ashe Kids Day.

National Contact Iris Rivera, Coordinator, Special Projects (914) 696-2281

Grant Amount: $1,000
# Available: 17; 1 per USTA Section Date
Apps Available: June
Date Apps Due Section: July
Date Apps Due USTA: July
Date Grant Awarded: September

USTA Special Populations Workshop Grants: National Contact: Helyn Edwards, Product Manager, Special Populations; (305) 735-8321

Grant Amount: Up to $500
# Available: 6
Date Apps Available: March 2006
Date Apps Due USTA: Year Round
Date Grant Awarded: Year Round

USTA Special Populations Clinic Grants: National Contact: Helyn Edwards, Product Manager, Special Populations; (305) 735-8321

Grant Amount: Up to $500
# Available: 6
Date Apps Available: March 2006
Date Apps Due USTA: Year
Round Date Grant Awarded: Year Round

Wheelchair Tournament Grant: Grants available to support wheelchair tennis tournaments sanctioned by ITF.

National Contact: Shannon Hatton, (914) 696-7291
Grant Amount: Range from $500 - $10,000
# Available: Varies
Date Apps Available: TBD
Date Apps Due USTA: TBD
Date Grant Awarded: TBD

Wheelchair Tennis Player Development Program: Grants available for elite or developing wheelchair players that participate in the Wheelchair Player Development program for training and equipment.

National Contact: Shannon Hatton, (914) 696-7291
Grant Amount: $1,250
# Available: Varies

USTA Pro Circuit Community Involvement Day Grant: Heighten Awareness re: Community Programs w/ Pro Circuit. The grant is applicable to funding various activities during a professional tennis event or tournament, i.e. Kid's Day, Wheelchair Tennis Exhibition.

National Contact: Laurie Mignarri, Pro Circuit Coordinator, (914) 696-7032

Grant Amount: $500 to $3,000
# Available: Varies
Date Apps Available: October & April
Date Apps Due Section: N/A
Date Apps Due USTA: November & May
Date Grant Awarded: December & June

Sport Science Research Grant: Grant available for sports science related research.

National Contact: Scott Riewald, Administrator, Sports Science (305) 365-8760

Grant Amount: Varies
# Available: Varies
Date Apps Available: Available online Year Round
Date Apps Due Section: Submitted to committee in July
Date Apps Due USTA: Submitted to committee in July
Date Grant Awarded: August

Sport Science Education Grant: Grant available to USPTA & PTR for education sessions with approved curriculum at their national conferences.

National Contact: Scott Riewald, Administrator, Sports Science (305) 365-8760

Grant Amount: $7,500
# Available: 2 for each conference

Date Grant Awarded: Beginning of Year Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship
Awards college educational scholarships annually to one high school senior who has excelled academically, participated extensively in USTA youth tennis programs, and who is entering a four-year college or university program to support the individual pursuit of excellence in academics and tennis.

National Contact: Jackie Materasso, Foundation Coordinator, USTA T&EF, (914) 696-7175

Grant Amount: $7,500
# Available: 2
Date Apps Available: End of October
Date Apps Due Section: February
Date Apps Due USTA: March
Date Grant Awarded: Mid-April

Dwight Mosley Scholarship: Available to high school seniors of ethnically diverse heritage who have excelled academically, participated extensively in USTA youth tennis programs, and who are entering a four-year college or university program. Applicants must demonstrate sportsmanship on and off the court.

National Contact: Jackie Materasso, Foundation Coordinator, USTA T&EF, (914) 696-7175

Grant Amount: $10,000; $2,500 per year, for 4 years
# Available: 2; 1 female, 1 male
Date Apps Available: End of October
Date Apps Due Section: February
Date Apps Due USTA: March
Date Grant Awarded: Mid-April

Eve Kraft Scholarship: This one-time only scholarship is being offered to two high school seniors, one male and one female, who have excelled both academically and in the sport of tennis and who reside in an economically disadvantaged community.

National Contact: Jackie Materasso, Foundation Coordinator, USTA T&EF, (914) 696-7175

Grant Amount: $2,500

# Available: 2; 1 female, 1 male
Date Apps Available: End of October
Date Apps Due Section: February
Date Apps Due USTA: March
Date Grant Awarded: Mid-April

MassMutual Scholarship: MassMutual Financial Group partners with the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation to award high school seniors who demonstrate academic excellence, participate in tennis programs approved by the USTA T&EF, have strong community service, and demonstrate financial need.

National Contact: Jackie Materasso, Foundation Coordinator, USTA T&EF, (914) 696-7175

Grant Amount: $5,000 # Available: 35
Date Apps Available: End of October
Date Apps Due Section: February
Date Apps Due USTA: March
Date Grant Awarded: Mid-April

USTA Tennis & Education Foundation College Textbook Scholarship: For high school graduates who have excelled academically, participated extensively in USTA youth tennis programs, and have demonstrated financial need.

National Contact:Jackie Materasso, Foundation Coordinator, USTA T&EF, (914) 696-7223

Grant Amount: $500; nonrenewable
# Available: Varies
Date Apps Available: End of October
Date Apps Due Section: February
Date Apps Due USTA: March
Date Grant Awarded: Mid-April

Marian Wood Baird Scholarship: For high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated achievements in leadership, participated extensively in an organized community tennis program and entering a four-year college/university program.

National Contact: Jackie Materasso, Foundation Coordinator, USTA T&EF, (914) 696-7175

Grant Amount: 15,000 ($3,750 per year)
# Available: 1
Date Apps Available: End of October
Date Apps Due Section: February
Date Apps Due USTA: March
Date Grant Awarded: Mid-April

USTA Southern Section Grants

USTA Community Development / Local Membership Grant: Funding to increase participation in USTA programs and strengthen the bond between community tennis associations and USTA offices (State and Section). These grants are renewable annually. (December 9, 2005) Click here for the form, here for the application, here for the criteria, here for the updates, here for the reporting form, and here for the CTA Zip Code request form.

USTA Program Grants: There are 6 specific program grants available. A CTA or sponsoring organization may apply for 1 or more of the program grants. Only one application form is to be submitted with the required components for each program grant. This one application may represent multiple program grant requests. Each program grant may be awarded up to $1000 on a one-time basis. Applications are due to USTA South Carolina by January 13, 2006.

  • Junior Recreation - Funding for the creation or expansion of public junior tennis programs
  • Multicultural Participation - Funding for programs expanding to new population groups made up predominantly of minorities (African-American, Asian-American, Native-American, or Hispanic)
  • USA Tennis NJTL - Funding to develop new NJTL Chapters or to expand existing chapters
  • Adult Recreation - Special grant offered for the development, growth, and promotion of programming for adults that link to USA Team Tennis for adults
  • USA Tennis Wheelchair - Funding to support wheelchair tennis programs
  • Special Populations – Funding to develop or expand tennis programs with special populations

click here for the form.

USTA Southern Section Multicultural Individual Player Grant: Individual Player Grants are available from the USTA Southern Section to assist people of African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander descent in pursuing their tennis-related interests. This grant program targets junior players who are starting to play competitive tennis and show a great deal of commitment and potential to becoming outstanding players. This grant will assist those players whose primary barrier in continuing to advance in the sport is a lack of financial support based on family resources. Grants ranging from $300 to $700 will be awarded to applicants who meet the criteria below and provide the requested information. Applicants must:

  • Be 10 to 18 years of age
  • Be or become a USTA member.
  • Have a District ranking or anticipate having one in 2006.

Indicate how the grant will be used. Grants may be used for the following purposes

  • Tournament entry fees
  • Equipment (racquets, balls, strings, etc.)
  • Tennis attire. • Coaching expenses
  • Tennis camp or training program

Contact: Yasmine Osborn

Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation Junior Player Grants: Financial aid is available on a limited basis and is awarded solely on need. Click here for the application. Click here for the form.

USTA Southern Section Summer Camp Scholarship: Scholarships offered to attend one-week sessions at summer camps and academies across the South for youth who need financial assistance, exemplify strong personality values and character, and are highly motivated in tennis. Affiliation with an NJTL Chapter, while not mandatory, increases the chances of obtaining a camp scholarship. Contact Yasmine Osborn at 770-368-8200 or osborn@sta.usta.com for additional information.

USTA South Carolina

CTA Start-Up Grant: To support the introduction of new Community Tennis Associations where a need for coordinated community tennis services exist and a core group of volunteers are in place. This application is open year-round while funds last and the maximum award is $660. Click here for the form.

USTA Team Tennis on Campus: To encourage new USTA Team Tennis programs and further expand existing programs on campus. This application is open year-round while funds last and awards range from $200-$750. Contact Graham Cox, gcox@southentenniscom, 800-644-7282 for additional information.

USTA Schools Equipment Grant: Grants given to schools that participate in the USTA School Tennis program and provide or partner with other organizations to offer afer school programming. Contact Graham Cox, gcox@southentenniscom, 800-644-7282.

After School Program Grant:The Grant makes $500-$3000 in matching funds available for new and expanding programs in South Carolina. Funds are available on a first come first serve basis until the October 15th deadline. The Grant is intended to help start or grow a program that will have team based tennis play. The amount granted will be approximately $10 per player for a new league or for each additional player in an existing league. The league must have at least 50 players with at least two schools participating to be eligible. There are three formats of play. Middle School Interscholastic League has students representing their school playing against players from a different school. Elementary schools can have interscholastic or intramural leagues. High school leagues are suggested for high school tennis players to represent their schools in the off-season. click here for the application the form.

USTA Team Tennis T-shirt Incentive: This fund helps offset costs incurred by local level programs in USTA Junior Team Tennis and USTA Team Tennis on Campus purchasing USTA logo t-shirts for their participants. Contact Graham Cox for details and additional information, gcox@southerntennis.com or 800-644-7282.

USTA South Carolina Annual Meeting Scholarship: This reimbursement scholarship encourages Community Tennis Associations to network and connect with the USTA South Carolina by attending our association’s Annual Meeting. Applications due to USTA South Carolina November 3, 2006. Click here for the form.

USTA Community Tennis Development Workshop Scholarships: This reimbursement partial scholarship promotes attendance by a representative of community tennis association to state, regional or national workshops. Applications due to USTA South Carolina by January 4, 2006. Click here for the form.

USTA Community Development / Local Membership Grant: Funding to increase participation in USTA programs and strengthen the bond between community tennis associations and USTA offices (State and Section). These grants are renewable annually. (December 9, 2005) Click here for the form, here for the application, here for the criteria, here for the updates, here for the reporting form, and here for the CTA Zip Code request form.

Marketing Growth Funds Restricted Grant: The Marketing and Public Relations Committee of USTA South Carolina is offering Tennis Welcome Centers and Park and Recreation Departments the opportunity to apply for a matching grant to be used before December 31, 2005. The details of the grant, guidelines and restrictions are attached below. I would encourage all of you to submit a letter of interest; marketing is so important to all of our efforts. Click here for the form.

The South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation

The South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation established two $1500 scholarships in 1993. A third scholarship, the Randall G. Heffron, D.M.D. Memorial Scholarship Award, was established in 2005. The Heffron Scholarship uses the same criteria as the Patrons Foundation Scholarships and is selected by the SCTPF Scholarship Committee. The scholarship is funded through contributions made to the Coastal Community Foundation.

The criteria for selection of the scholarship winners is based upon:

• Academic achievement
• Character and sportsmanship
• Extra curricular activities and community service
• Notable tennis achievements
• Essay, “The Impact of Tennis on My Life”

Applications must be received by June 30th, 2006. Recipients will be selected by the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation Scholarship Committee, which is chaired by Roy Barth. Click here to download the application.

The Dunlop Scholarship

The Dunlop Scholarship, established in 1992, is sponsored jointly by Dunlop Slazenger Corporation and the Wachovia Palmetto Championships. The Palmetto Championships was founded in Belton, SC in 1957 and has been played in that town each year since. The tournament, held in June, is for junior girls and boys in South Carolina and serves as the state’s national qualifying tournament. Dunlop Slazenger ahs worked with the Palmetto Championships since the early 1980’s in an effort to improve the tournament and junior tennis players in the state. The scholarship is a further effort by Dunlop Slazenger to provide more opportunities to our junior players.

The scholarship recognizes an incoming college female or male player who has participated in junior tennis in South Carolina. Selection of the winner is based upon (in order of importance)

• Scholarship
• Activities, leadership and honors
• Sportsmanship and character
• Tennis accomplishments
• Essay

Application must be received by May 30th, 2006. Completed applications should be sent to Fallon Koon at Dunlop, 116 South Pleasantburg Dr. Greenville, SC 29607. Click here to download the application.

 

 
 
 
 
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