Grants are available from the United States Tennis Association to Individual Junior Players, Local Excellence Training (LET) and Outreach Tennis Programs primarily serving African-American, Asian, Asian-American, Hispanic, and North American Indian, and Pacific Islander youth. LET and USA Tennis Programs provide a comprehensive training and development system to help players achieve success in competitive tennis. Grants are for one year and range between $5,000 and $25,000.
The objectives of the grant programs is to:
- Widen the net of opportunities to young minority players who aspire to excellence in competitive tennis.
- Assure the careful nurturing of young players who may be candidates for USA Tennis High Performance Programs.
- Provide opportunities for players who have the ability to earn district, sectional, national and international rankings.
- Demonstrate the USTA resolve and commitment to multicultural participation in tennis.
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- Provide funding to competitive junior development programs that are training youngsters aspiring to achieve sectional and national rankings. Funding will be based on the number of players with sectional and national rankings in a specific program.
- Must be a year round program that provides a high level of on-court instruction and off-court training opportunities.
- Have a history of developing tournament level players.
- Program must be nonprofit or sponsored through a nonprofit organization.
- Program or sponsoring organization must be a USTA organization member, and must register their LET program by the application deadline.
- Program must have entry level programs that feed into the LET program. Strong preference will be given to organizations with USTA feeder programs (e.g., USA Tennis 1-2-3, and/or USA Team Tennis).
- Any registration fee should be reasonable to encourage participation, affordable for families in the community, and financial aid for youngsters who lack funds must be available.
- Sponsoring organization must show fundraising capability and potential for program self-sufficiency.
- Program must submit two letters of recommendations (one from their USTA section, and one other, preferably a community reference) along with grant proposal.
- USTA promotion within the program is required.
- Regular progress reports and program rosters will be required.
- Input from the Section's High Performance and Multicultural Participation Staff will be sought.
- 50% of all grant funding received must go directly to the top players in their program. Players in programs that receive funding will not be eligible for assistance through the USTA Multicultural Individual Player Grant for National Competition & Training Program.
Programs that have received grant assistance in the amount of $2,500 or greater in 2002 from the USTA, USTA Section and/or USTA District are not eligible for funding via this grant.
The 2002 deadline for the Multicultural Excellence Program Grants just passed. Please stay tuned for information about next year's application process.
For Further Information Call:
Your USTA Section Office or D.A. Abrams (Multicultural Participation Director Staff Person), Community Outreach & Multicultural Participation - 914-696-7000