The USTA is awarding over $400,000 in Recreational Tennis Grants to 45 non-profit organizations across the country. The Recreational Tennis Division has pooled together financial resources to create a new series of grants to be distributed on a bi-annual basis to non-profits that are committed to increasing tennis participation, well-established in their communities, support tennis programming and foster diversity among participants. Combined with a half million dollars in grants that were awarded in April, the USTA will award over $900,000 in Recreational Tennis Grants to qualified applicants in 2009.
Any non-profit organization was eligible to apply for these grants, regardless of affiliation with the USTA. Winning organizations include Parks and Recreation agencies, YMCA’s, USTA NJTL Chapters and entire school districts. All funding recipients share a common commitment to growing the game of tennis, with priorities on providing the QuickStart Tennis play format in their 10-and-under programming along with team tennis opportunities.
“We are excited to announce our second round of grants totaling over $400,000. This investment will help organizations that are dedicated to using tennis as a vehicle to improve the quality of life and education for both children and adults alike,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “These organizations are committed to growing the game of tennis by implementing important local programming such as the QuickStart Tennis play format and Jr. Team Tennis, and the USTA is proud to be able to assist them in their efforts.”
Applicants could decide between two distinct grant award opportunities. The first is the Community Partnership Investment award, given to those organizations seeking to establish and develop community based partnerships to grow the game of tennis and have a clear vision for alliance building. The grant amounts awarded are between $10,000 and $50,000 and can be renewed for up to two years. Winning organizations are expected to match the USTA’s financial investment. The USTA awarded seven such grants totaling $187,500 during this cycle to the following organizations:
- Tennis & Education Inc., St. Paul, Minn. - $40,000
- Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Inc., Philadelphia, Pa. - $35,000
- Lee County Community Tennis Association, Cape Coral, Fla. - $30,000
- USTA Central Arizona, Scottsdale, Ariz. - $28,000
- Charlotte Tennis Association, Charlotte, N.C. - $26,500
- Forest Ranch Camps, Chico, Calif. - $15,000
- Rockford Park District, Rockford, Ill. - $13,000
The second grant is the Program/Project Support grant, awarded to organizations seeking funding to support general tennis programming, project and equipment needs. These awards range between $2,500 and $10,000, and during this cycle, awards totaling $234,000 were distributed to 38 organizations throughout the country. A full list of organizations can be found below.
Organizations which were not awarded grants during this cycle are encouraged to apply for funding during future cycles. Organizations who are interested in applying for grants can find more information at www.USTA.com/grants.
Organizations receiving Program/Project Support grants:
Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade, Calif
Orange County Community Tennis Association, Seal Beach, Calif.
Highlands Ranch Community Association, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Park & Recreation District, Meeker, Colo.
City of Bridgeport, Conn.
Sterling House Community Center, Stratford, Conn.
Active Aces Super Senior Tennis Club, Inc., Washington, D.C.
City of Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation, Fla.
Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association, Fla.
Greater Miami Tennis Foundation, Inc., Fla.
A Tennis Association for Kids, Atlanta, Ga.
Lost Mountain Community Tennis Association, Powder Springs, Ga.
Kilauea Junior Tennis Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
Love to Serve, Inc., Chicago, Ill.
Town of Hudson – Division of Recreation, Mass.
City of Pittsfield Public Schools, Mass.
Greater Baltimore Tennis Patrons Association, Inc., Md.
Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association, Mich.
Tri-County Community Tennis Association, Jackson, Miss.
The Net Rushers Tennis Association, Ferguson, Mo.
YMCA of Greater Kansas City, Mo.
Passion Programs, Inc., Henderson, Nev.
Town of Hamburg Recreation Department, N.Y.
Special Olympics New York, N.Y.
Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, N.Y.
New York Junior Tennis League, Woodside, N.Y.
South Caldwell High School, Hudson, N.C.
Hilliard Recreation and Parks, Ohio
National Trail Parks & Recreation District, Springfield, Ohio.
Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Inc., Langhorne, Pa.
City of Reading, Pa.
City of Charleston Department of Recreation, S.C.
Upper Piedmont Tennis Association, Greenville, S.C.
City of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Spearfish Tennis Association, Spearfish, S.D.
Dallas Tennis Association, Texas
Lynchburg Tennis Patrons Association, Lynchburg, Va.
Roanoke Valley Tennis Association, Va.