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GRANTS

The USTA offers a variety of grants to help grow the game of tennis in many ways. Below please find a short description of each grant, along with key dates and requirements. Feel free to contact grants@usta.com for further information and questions.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

Diversity & Inclusion grants offer financial support to:
  1. Athletes of ethnic or diverse backgrounds.
  2. High performance tennis programs that serve to develop players of ethnic or racially diverse backgrounds OR that serve low-income junior tennis players and enable them to use their tennis ability to secure a college education.
To apply, please click on the applicable grant application below and also fill out this W-9 form.
 
Multicultural Individual Player Grant for National Competition & Training
 
Provide funding to competitive junior players aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings. Funding will be based on participation in specific USTA sanctioned tournaments in 2016. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round and have a history of strong national tournament results.
 
National Contacts:
Yasmine Osborn, Manager, Diversity (914) 572-2547 Yasmine.osborn@usta.com or
Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Coordinator, Diversity (914) 697-2381 Arnold@usta.com
 
Okechi Womeodu Scholar Athlete Grant
 
Honoring the memory, life and achievements of Okechi Womeodu, who otherwise would have had a very promising future, both on and off the court. Rewards players who work to excel as much in the classroom as in sports. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round, have a history of strong national tournaments results and a minimum GPA of 3.0.
 
National Contacts:
Yasmine Osborn, Manager, Diversity (914) 572-2547 Yasmine.osborn@usta.com or
Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Coordinator, Diversity (914) 697-2381 Arnold@usta.com
Number of grants available: 1 grant (African-American male)
 
Althea Gibson Leadership Award
 
Honoring  the memory, life and achievements of Althea Gibson, the first African-American Grand Slam champion, who paved the way for millions who followed. Rewards players who work to excel in leading others both on and off the court. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round.
 
National Contacts:
Yasmine Osborn, Manager, Diversity (914) 572-2547 Yasmine.osborn@usta.com or
Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Coordinator, Diversity (914) 697-2381 Arnold@usta.com
Number of grants available: 1 grant (African-American female)
 
Pancho González Scholar Athlete Grant
 
In honor of Pancho Gonzalez, the Mexican-American icon who won two U.S. Championships men’s singles titles and whose dedication to the sport of tennis brought together fans from all walks of life. We look to reward a player(s) who work to excel in leading others both on and off the court. The recipient(s) must be training and competing in tournaments year-round.
 
National Contacts:
Yasmine Osborn, Manager, Diversity (914) 572-2547 Yasmine.osborn@usta.com or
Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Coordinator, Diversity (914) 697-2381 Arnold@usta.com
Number of grants available: 2 grants (one male and one female)
 
Asian-American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant 
 
In honor of the achievements of Asian-American tennis pioneers who paved the way for millions who followed, we look to reward a player(s) who work to excel in leading others both on and off the court. The recipient(s) must be training and competing in tournaments year-round.
 
National Contacts:
Yasmine Osborn, Manager, Diversity (914) 572-2547 Yasmine.osborn@usta.com or
Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Coordinator, Diversity (914) 697-2381 Arnold@usta.com
Number of grants available: 2 grants (one male and one female)
 
Native American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant
 
In honor of the achievements of Native American tennis pioneers who paved the way for millions who followed, we look to reward a player(s) who work to excel in leading others both on and off the court. The recipient(s) must be training and competing in tournaments year-round.
 
National Contact:
Yasmine Osborn, Manager, Diversity (914) 572-2547 Yasmine.osborn@usta.com or
Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Coordinator, Diversity (914) 697-2381 Arnold@usta.com
Number of grants available: 2 grants (one male and one female)
 
Multicultural Excellence Program Grant
 
Provide funding to competitive junior development programs that are training youngsters aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings. Funding will be based on 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 and must have a history of developing tournament level players.
 
National Contacts:
Yasmine Osborn, Manager, Diversity (914) 572-2547 Yasmine.osborn@usta.com or
Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Coordinator, Diversity (914) 697-2381 Arnold@usta.com

FACILITIES

The USTA Facility Assistance Program is extremely competitive. The need for new tennis facilities or improvements at existing facilities is not, in and of itself, sufficient justification for a grant. The Facility Assistance Program is intended to have a major impact on the growth of tennis in a community and the clients served by that organization. Our review includes a thorough evaluation of the programmatic, administrative, financial and organizational accomplishments of the applicant.
 
The USTA Facility Assistance process begins with submission of a Tennis Facility Inquiry Form. After review of the Tennis Facility Inquiry Form and initial follow-up conversation with a USTA representative, some applicants will qualify to submit a full Funding Application.
 
National Contact: Facilities Team, Facilities@usta.com
Grant Amount: Category I - up to $4,000 with possible section or district match; Category II - up to $10,000 or 50% project total; Category III - up to $20,000 or 50% project total
 

PROGRAMMING

NJTL Arthur Ashe Essay Contest 

This annual contest is open to all school-age children currently participating in registered NJTL chapter/program. To locate an NJTL near you, click here. Winners receive an all-expense-paid weekend trip to tour New York City and attend the Arthur Ashe Kids' Day.
 
National Contact: Greg Frias, Outreach Coordinator, (914) 697-2358, frias@usta.com
Grant Amount: Plaque for Section Winner / All Expenses Paid Trip to AAKD for child 1 chaperone for National winner
Number Available: 1 Boy / 1 Girl; Ages:10/12/14/16/18
Date Apps Available: Feb. 1
Date Apps Due Section: N/A
Date Apps Due USTA: July 10
Date Grant Awarded: First week in August
 

USTA FOUNDATION

For the most up-to date information regarding USTA Foundation grants, scholarships, programs, news and more, please visit the USTA Foundation homepage.

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

Player Development Coaching Education Program

Provide funding to cover expenses associated with attending HPCP for participants.
 
Contact: Paul Lubbers, Director, Coaching Education and Performance, (561) 962-6438, lubbers@usta.com
Grant Amount: Varies
Number Available: Varies
Date Apps Available: N/A
Date Apps Due Section: N/A
Date Apps Due USTA: N/A
Date Grant Awarded: Conclusion of HPCP

Player Development Continuing Education Program

Provide funding to cover expenses associated with attending HPCE for participants.
 
Contact: Paul Lubbers, Director, Coaching Education and Performance, (561) 962-6438, lubbers@usta.com
Grant Amount: Varies
Number Available: Varies
Date Apps Available: N/A
Date Apps Due Section: N/A
Date Apps Due USTA: N/A
Date Grant Awarded: Conclusion of HPCE
 

Excellence Grant

To award players for their development to become a professional player. To read more and access the form for girls, click here. And for more information and to access the form for boys, click here.

Contact: Herlinda Lombardi (Herlinda@usta.com) or John Lansville (Lansville@usta.com)
Grant Amount: Up to $6,000 per year maximum
Number Available: Unlimited
Date Apps Available: Year-round
Date Apps Due: Dec. 31, 2015
Date Grant Awarded: Year-round

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