The US Soccer Foundation and Target have partnered to build 100 new soccer play spaces by 2020. More details below on this as well as $1000 grants available from Target for non-profit soccer organizations.
Safe Places to Play transforms abandoned courts, empty schoolyards, vacant lots and the like into state-of-the-art soccer fields for kids.
The Foundation awards grants three times a year to underserved communities to help cover the costs of lighting, irrigation, construction, surfacing and enhancement.
For communities where space is at a premium, Safe Places to Play developed what we call 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.
In addition to these Safe Places to Play, Target also offers Youth Soccer Grants. The Target youth soccer grants program provides support for player registration fees, player and field equipment, and training and professional development for volunteer coaches. Any eligible school, government agency, non-profit organization or non-profit regional/local soccer organization within the U.S., serving youth 5 to 18 years old, can apply. A preference will be given to programs serving in-need communities.
As part of the program, Target will provide annual $1,000 grants on behalf of each Target store and distribution center in the U.S. to federally tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, accredited schools, or public agencies located in the U.S. or one of its protectorates that have soccer programs serving youth 5 to 18 years old.
We accept grant applications between noon CST Aug. 1 and noon CST Aug. 30.
Grants will be awarded in November 2017. Email notification of the decision will be sent to the individual who completed the application. With 20 Target stores located in the St. Louis region that’s 20 organizations that can earn a grant.