Grant Giving

Grant Guidelines

Funding Priorities

GSD is pleased to offer funding to 501(c)3 organizations throughout the United States that support a combination of educational enrichment and youth sports programs and/or activities. GSD is also proud to support international organizations that fight against social injustice for the most vulnerable youth, and who implement sports and educational development programs that create long-lasting and sustainable change for youth around the world.

Sport has the power to influence and create social change. Through sport, we can unite youth from diverse cultures and economic backgrounds, help them build self-esteem, and mutual respect.

GSD funds a diverse range of sports and youth programming, but a special emphasis is given to groups and communities that are most in need or most underserved by current programs, including youth in areas where the risk of delinquency is particularly high.

    • Organizations must provide structured sports activities for youth, elementary school to high school aged. The sports activities must be offered to program participants at no charge to them.
      • Examples of structured sports activities include but are not limited to: (1) Regular lesson plans/sports training schedule; (2) An after school and/or seasonal physical education curriculum; (3) After school and/or seasonal exercise programs; (4) Training for and participating in a group marathon; (5) Participation in afterschool and/or seasonal sports leagues – competitive or not; (6) Offering any of a variety of after school and/or seasonal sports programs – competitive or not; (7) Equine therapy programs; (8) Rowing programs; (9) Sailing programs; and (10) A variety of other comparable sports programming.
    • Organizations must have an educational component(s) to their program that is offered to program participants at no charge to them.
      • Examples of an educational component include but are not limited to: (1) Regular lesson plans/curriculums; (2) An after school and/or seasonal schedule; (3) Afterschool tutoring programs; (4) Homework support programs; (5) College prep / graduation prep programs; (6) Literacy programs; (7) Health and nutrition programs; (8) Leadership development programs; and (9) Art programs
    • Organizations must provide programs and activities in the United States or if the Organization is operating internationally, additional eligibility requirements will be provided upon request
    • Organizations must be certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code
    • Organizations must have a written policy that addresses its commitment to keep children safe from sexual abuse by preventing, recognizing, and responding to situations both on and off the playing field that in any way compromises their safety. Sexual Abuse Preventions Policy Resources
  • Eligible applicants will be emailed prior to the fall or spring grant application round with a link to our online application portal and a list of the requirements. Please see the eligibility contact form at the bottom of this page.

    New and returning applicants should be prepared to submit the following:

    • Current annual operating budget
    • Most recent audited financial statement (If audited financials are not available, then the last two years of balance sheets, profit/loss statements and statement of cash flows must be submitted.)
    • Detailed program budget
    • List of Board of Directors (name, affiliation/occupation)
    • Description of the program for which you are seeking funding
    • Written sexual abuse policy
    • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Report
  • In addition to the application requirements (please see above) Grantees are required to submit annual grant reports at the conclusion of their grant term/funding cycle. Each grant term lasts for a period of 12 months, and grantees are required to include their annual reporting with each new grant proposal submitted.

    Please be prepared to answer the following questions in your GRANT REPORT each grant cycle:

    • During the previous calendar year, how many hours did you operate your GSD-funded youth programming
    • What was the demographic/geographical area served by the GSD-funded program
    • How many youth benefited from the GSD-funded program
    • Describe the staff and volunteers that participated in the GSD-funded program
    • Please describe in detail the sport(s) and educational components of the programming
    • Please provide detailed examples of how youth have benefited from the GSD-funded program
    • Please give examples, if any, of areas that have been identified for improvement
    • Provide examples of students educational successes including improved test scores and GPAs
    • Include any additional metrics or examples that demonstrate the success of the GSD-funded
      program

    In addition to the grant reporting, all new and returning grant recipients/applicants should be
    prepared to submit the following items as part of the grant application process:

    • Completed application for the current grant/program year
    • Description of the program for which you are seeking funding
    • Detailed description of program’s sport and educational component – for more information,
      please see our “Grant Guidelines”
    • Detail program budget
    • Current annual operating budget
    • IRS 501c3 authorization letter
    • CESEP artwork or written work – for more information, please see our “CESEP Guidelines”
    • Organization’s most recently filed 990 with schedule B included
    • List of Board of Directors (name, affiliation/occupation)
    • Description of the program for which you are seeking funding
    • Written sexual abuse policy – Learn More
    • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Report – Learn More

Frequently Asked Questions

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Grant Eligibility Inquiry

New grant applicants must first fill out the form below, so that we may determine if your organization is eligible to apply for a grant from The Foundation for Global Sports Development. Please allow 2-3 weeks for a response.