FACILITIES

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You can make your community's tennis dreams come true with the help from the USTA. Whether you're attempting to build a new tennis facility, renovate and upgrade an existing one, or construct new 36- and 60-foot tennis courts, the USTA can provide the tools you need to make it happen -- from guidance on advocacy efforts to technical and financial assistance. Read below to learn more, or click here to view program overview video.

ADVOCACY

A major component of any tennis facility project is an advocacy initiative. Depending on the size and scope of the project you are undertaking, your advocacy initiative can be a critical piece in your final product. The USTA has two main advocacy resources:
  1. The Big Serve – The Big Serve is the USTA’s advocacy initiative website. The effort is aimed at connecting the passion of USTA members and the larger tennis community with the public policy needs of the communities in which they live. There are many great advocacy resources available for communities interested in expanding or improving their tennis facilities.
     
  2.  Advocacy Consultants – The USTA has trained advocacy consultants across the country that can work with you and your community on your tennis facility project. These individuals have the local knowledge and advocacy training that will benefit your project. To get connected to an advocacy consultant in your local area, complete the USTA Facility Assistance Form.
* To fully understand the process by which communities receive assistance from the USTA and what is expected from communities, please review the 2014 USTA National Guide To Facility Assistance.

TECHNICAL

The USTA Facility Assistance program’s technical team is the best resource that we offer communities. With industry leading experience in tennis court/facility construction, our technical team offers everything from concept plans to professional construction document review.

Concept plans are a powerful advocacy tool and help solidify your vision for your project. Our professional construction document review ensures that you and your community are investing in a long-term tennis court solution that will work for you and meets or exceeds industry standards. All of these resources are free of charge to you and your community.

*To fully understand the process by which communities receive assistance from the USTA and what is expected from communities, please review the 2014 USTA National Guide To Facility Assistance.

NOTE: The USTA Facility Assistance program’s technical team services hundreds of projects across the country, and their services are rendered on a project-by-project basis. Depending on other projects in the queue, services for your project may not be immediate.

FINANCIAL

As a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to "promote and develop the growth of tennis," the USTA recognizes the importance of making financial investments in the infrastructure of tennis facilities to foster the sport’s continued growth. The financial component of the USTA Facility Assistance program is a rolling process – there are no deadlines. There are four categories of financial assistance:
 
*Effective as of 1/1/14
 

Funding Category

Description USTA National Contribution
Line Grants
Painting permanent 36' and 60' tennis lines on existing courts, paved areas, blacktops, playgrounds or gymnasiums. Up to 50 percent of total project cost ($4,000 maximum).
Category I
Basic facility improvements, including fixed court amenities (i.e. backboards, fencing, windscreens, etc.) Up to 50 percent of total project cost ($4,000 maximum).
Category II
Resurfacing of existing  36’, 60’ and 78' courts. Converting an existing 78' court to stand-alone 36' courts. Lighting. Up to 50 percent of total project cost ($10,000 maximum).
Category III
New construction or existing facility reconstruction of 36’, 60’ and 78' courts. Up to 50 percent of total project cost ($20,000 maximum).
 
The USTA is dedicated to making financial investments in quality tennis facilities. Not all communities are eligible for financial assistance. We cannot retroactively reimburse people for work already completed on courts without our prior knowledge and guidance. To be considered for project funding, communities must:
  • Be actively engaged with the USTA Facility Assistance program (complete USTA Facility Assistance Form, be working with USTA-appointed project consultant, etc.). Any project completed prior to engaging the USTA is NOT eligible for funding.
  • Meet specified industry standards for project as determined by the USTA Facility Assistance program’s technical team.
  • Demonstrate financial need and matching (up to 50 percent) of project funds.
*To fully understand the process by which communities receive assistance from the USTA and what is expected from communities, please review the 2014 USTA National Guide To Facility Assistance. To begin the USTA Facility Assistance process and get started, please complete the USTA Facility Assistance Form.
 
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