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USTA Northern  |  May 5, 2017
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(Note: Grant titles link directly to the appropriate application form. USTA Northern services the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Northwestern WI. Requests from outside of that geographic area will not be considered. 

Community Tennis Grants 
For starting or expanding community based tennis programs and activities. Two grant types are available in 2017: Project/Program Support and Organizational Capacity Building. Funding amounts range from $250 - $3,000, depending on size of the organization and scope of the project. Grant review typically takes about one month and awards will be given until funds are depleted. Additional funding cycles may be added. For the 2018 application, click here.

For a Community Tennis Grant Review Sheet, click here.

Please contact Mya Smith-Dennis at for more information. ADVERTISEMENT  

USTA Northern Adopt-a-Court Grant
As a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to "promote and develop the growth of tennis," USTA Northern recognizes the importance of making financial investments in the infrastructure of tennis facilities to foster the sport’s continued growth. All tennis facilities that are open to the public and meet additional requirements as outlined in the application are invited to apply for the USTA Northern Adopt-A-Court Grant. Deadline has passed for the 2018 Adopt-A-Court Grants.
* Category I: For basic facility improvements and fixed court amenities (e.g. windscreens, backboards, fencing, lighting). Matching Grants up to $2,500
* Category II: For reconstruction/renovation of facilities with less than 4 courts. Up to 10 percent of project cost with cap of $5,000.
* Category III: For new construction and reconstruction of facilities with 4 courts or more. Up to 10 percent of project cost with cap of $15,000.

For a sample application, click here.
For an Adopt-A-Court Grant Review Sheet, click here.

For more information, contact Mya Smith-Dennis at

USTA Public Facility Funding
Available by invitation only with no specific deadlines. Interested organizations must complete a Public Facility Assistance Form located online at In addition to funding, USTA provides a variety of resources to facilities looking to renovate exisiting facilities or build new ones including advocacy assistance, concept drawings, construction & maintenance manual, programming assistance for maximum court utilization and more. This form can be completed at anytime during the year. Contact Mya Smith-Dennis at for more information.

USTA Red, Orange, Green Blended Lines & Conversion Grant
As a facility committed to offering the Red, Orange, Green Tennis format, USTA Northern recognizes your need for permanent lines and/or courts. To help, we're making grants available to any facility wishing to paint permanent lines on its courts. The current cost for lining courts ranges from approximately $200-$400 per court. Maximum grant award is 75% of the project cost and communities are required to pay the remaining 25% of the cost. No specific deadline. For more information, contact Mya Smith-Dennis at

USTA Northern Red, Orange, Green Equipment Matching Grants
USTA Northern offers a buy one-get one free program on Red, Orange, Green, Tennis Equipment for CTA’s, Parks, Schools and NJTL programs. Maximum grant allowed is $300/$300 split between USTA Northern and the organization. To apply, click here. Contact Carolyn Kramer at for more information.

USTA Northern Red, Orange, Green School Equipment Matching Grants For Free & Reduced Lunch Programs

USTA Northern offes an equipment grant to schools that have more than 40% of the student population on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Each school will qualify for a package consisting of the following: up to 35 tennis racquets (depending on class size), 36 foam or red felt balls, 1 roll of tennis caution tape. Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are depleted. Priority is given to those who have attended a USTA Teacher Workshop or 10 and Under Workshop. To apply, click here. For more information contact Carolyn Kramer at

Event Donations

USTA Northern recognizes the importance of community involvement and tries to participate in the many charitable events organized by our tennis family each year. Community organizations may request in-kind support by completing a Donation Request/Marketing Assistance Form. We will do our best to support your event with a reasonable donation provided it meets our giving guidelines. Requests must be received at least six weeks prior to the event date. Contact Lisa Mushett at for more information.


Visiting Pro Program

USTA Northern offers communities the chance to connect with a visiting pro for special events and programming. All USTA Northern Visiting Pros are trained professionals with certification by the USPTA or PTR. Community organizations have the option of hiring a visiting pro for a fee at least six weeks prior to the event date. Below are some sample events that a visiting pro might be secured for:
· Tennis Block Party – free or low-cost events aimed at attracting new and lapsed players to the courts, used to market follow-up tennis programs
· Tennis Clinic - for a specific audience on a specific topic (i.e. Adult Doubles Clinic), a participant fee is typically charged by the host organization
· Facility Grand Opening – tennis clinic/activities organized at a new or renovated court site in celebration of successful fundraising efforts

Contact Mya Smith-Dennis at for more information.

Workshop Scholarships

Interested in becoming a better coach, a more effective board member, or a better facility manager? Consider attending one of the USTA training workshops and conferences available to you. Both national and sectional scholarships are available for many events. 


USTA Foundation Grant 

USTA Foundation awards grants to programs that support at-risk youth and people with disabilities through tennis and education programs designed to improve health, build character and strive for academic excellence. For additional information about submitting a grant proposal, please e-mail or go online to  


Additional USTA Northern support may become available throughout the year. If you are unsure about whether or not funding is available to support your goals, please contact Lisa Mushett at or (952) 358-3282.


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