News: Hennepin County Youth Sports equipment grants available

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Mark Erickson, Program Director: 763-785-5662
Philip Hussong, Communications: 612-348-3735

News release

Hennepin County Youth Sports equipment grants available

The 2015 Hennepin County Youth Sports Spring Equipment grant cycle is now open. Consider applying for the spring round of the Hennepin County Youth Sports equipment grants if your organization needs things like field maintenance equipment, nets or backboards. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, February 23.

Hennepin County has operated the Hennepin Youth Sports Program since 2009, awarding up to $2 million annually in capital grants to build, repair, renovate or expand youth sports facilities in the county. Since 2011, $250,000 has been set aside out of the total $2 million available for capital equipment grants relating to youth and amateur sports activities in the county.

The equipment grants are awarded in two rounds ($125,000 in the fall and spring) and are based on the following criteria:

  • Partnerships between youth sports organizations and local government units.
  • Number of youths served and their population characteristics.
  • Ratio of matching funds to the amount requested.

To the extent possible, grants are awarded to a mix of various sports and recreational activities and distributed to communities throughout Hennepin County

A youth sports organization must have a local government unit, such as a city, school district or park district, apply for the grant. The local government unit pledges to act as a fiscal agent for the grant and agrees to ensure the grant is used for its intended purpose.

Grants are up to $10,000 for the following types of equipment:

  • Field maintenance
  • Pitching machines
  • Goals
  • Backboards
  • Sleds and dummies
  • Playground equipment

Please note, grants will not be awarded for the purchase of uniforms, scrimmage vests, helmets or other personal equipment of participants. For more information, visit the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission’s grant program page or

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