Grant and Scholarship
USTA Eastern | January 28, 2019
USTA Eastern offers a number of different grant programs on an annual basis for program proposals that help grow the game of tennis in our section. In order to apply for Eastern grants, applicants must establish a username and password in our online registration system; once the online registration is completed, applicants will be able to view and complete the application.
USTA Eastern regional Tennis Service Representatives (TSR) are available to answer any questions about grants and the application process. ADVERTISEMENT Click here to find the TSR in your region.
USTA Eastern Growing Tennis Together Grant
Important: We are no longer accepting grant applications for 2019. Check back here for more information on the 2020 grant application process as it becomes available.
The 2019 Growing Tennis Together Grant is available to current USTA Member Organizations who will demonstrate significant tennis participation growth.
STRICT PRIORITY will be given to proposals that demonstrate the ability to track measurable outcomes focusing on at least one of the following key areas:
1. Net Generation Schools initiatives with school partnership agreements;
2. Youth Tennis competitive initiatives such as Junior Team Tennis, Team Challenges, and Team Tournaments;
3. Adult tennis competitive initiatives such as Adult Leagues, Social Leagues, Young Adult Leagues, Flexible Format Leagues, and Team Up events; and
4. Diversity and Inclusion initiatives that include measurable programming listed above.
REQUIRED: Your programs must use an existing form of registration that aligns with USTA Eastern's metrics.
- Registration platforms for Youth and Adult competitive programs are Tennislink and Jotform
- School programs will be measured using Net Generation registration
- Some youth competitive programs will be measured by a survey and in order to have access to the survey, your program MUST be registered.
As the applicant, you must have a Net Generation APPROVED status. If you are using staff, be prepared to ensure they are Net Generation APPROVED.
Please sign on by clicking here: USTA Eastern Grant Application Portal to apply for the grant and to find out about Net Generation. If you don't have an account, please click on "create a new account".
USTA Eastern invites organizations to apply for regional grant funding to support programming aimed and increasing tennis participation in communities. Special consideration will be given to grant applications focused within the following categories:
- School and After School Programming
- Junior Competitive Play
- Adult Competitive Play
- Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
- Community Tennis Associations (CTA) & National Jr. Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Programs
- Special Populations/Wheelchair Tennis
- Innovative Programs
Regional grant awards are up to $1,000 and are for tennis programs/events operating in 2019. This grant is not retroactive (we will only fund programs/events that have not yet occurred).
GRANT PROPOSAL SUBMISSION SPECIFICS
- Applicants must indicate an interest in working closely with the Region Council Directors and Region Tennis Service Representative.
- Applications must be focused on programs that attract new players and/or retain existing players.
- Applicants are limited to one grant application per program.
- Applicants must be current USTA Member Organizations.
- Applicants MUST HAVE Net Generation approved status.
- Grant funds may not be used for prize money.
- Applicants that received funding from USTA Eastern in 2018 must have submitted a completed Follow Up form in order to be considered for funding in 2019.
- Applications must be accompanied by the following documents:
- Organization and Program History
- Program Description (clearly demonstrate how the funds, if awarded, will be used to grow tennis participation and establish a defined timeline of program execution)
- Program Budget (a viable financial plan that demonstrates sustainability)
- Completed and Signed W9
- Any flyers, brochures, promotional information (if available)
Organizations that receive Regional Grants are required to forward a brief description and photographs of the program’s success in order to qualify for future USTA Eastern grants. Please send the results of your grant-funded program to your region’s Tennis Service Representative.
USTA Eastern reserves the right to fully fund, partially fund or not fund grant requests based on funding criteria, the amount of funding available, the quality of funding requests received, etc.
Tennis Service Representative Contact information:
Western: Joe Steger
New Jersey: Quacey Balleste
Northern: Jenny Irwin
Metro: Jerry Rodriguez
Southern: Sandy Hoffman
Long Island: Neil Thakur
Eastern Travel Grants for National Championships
Endorsed Eastern players traveling to a USTA National Championship or USTA National Zonal Team Championship tournaments are encouraged to apply for this need-based grant. A copy of the family's income tax form and W2 must be included in the application . Players who have been suspended from play within the last 12 months are not eligible for this opportunity. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Eastern Junior Tennis Foundation (JTF) Program Grants
The Junior Tennis Foundation (JTF) was incorporated in 1979 as a non-profit organization to raise funds for junior tennis and adaptive tennis within the Eastern Section. Over two million dollars has been granted to worthy programs and scholarships to junior players since the inception of the Foundation.
Proceeds from the annual Hall of Fame celebrations support the Foundation's grants and scholarships.
This year's JTF Grant will be available to not-for-profit organizations, with an emphasis on National Jr. Tennis and Learning Chapters (NJTL).
The sponsoring organization or program must provide a valid Federal Employer I.D. Number (E.I.N.) or Tax Identification Number (T.I.N.) Check will not be made payable to individuals without this information and a filled out W9 form.
The JTF won't reimburse regular staff time of any person on full-time salary with the organization submitting the grant application.
The program must fill out and return the JTF year-end accountability form as requested at the end of their program. Awards range from $750-$1,500.
The 2019 application is available here. All applications must be submitted by May 23.