GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS
USTA Texas offers support to Community Tennis Associations as well as other organizations dedicated to growing tennis in Texas. Eligible organizations may receive financial and/or equipment assistance.
For more on Diversity and Inclusion, click here.
COMMUNITY TENNIS ASSOCIATIONS/FACILITIES
CTA Evaluation and Capacity Building Grant
The Community Tennis Association (CTA) Evaluation & Capacity Building Grant is offered each year to the Texas CTAs that are in good standing with USTA Texas. This updated grant is focused on evaluating our CTAs based on 5 main pillars (Structure, Non-Profit, Programming, Marketing/Communications and Diversity & Inclusion) that we use to measure their organizational standards and efforts in the past year. This updated Evaluation & Grant has replaced the health index.
CTAs are encouraged to fill out or review the application as a group, consulting all staff and board of directors as you review your organization’s progress and plan for the future.
The intent of this funding program is two-fold:
1. To gain a better understanding of the CTA's functionality and provide customized insight on how they can improve with accountability.
2. To provide funding to further develop and enhance the basic off-court administrative functions and overall structure of your organization.
Please note that this year's application is solely offered through an online grant application. Refer to the documents below for grant guidelines, steps to complete this year's application and the link to the online grant portal. If you have questions regarding your application and grant details, please consult your TSR. If you are having issues with the grant portal, please contact Marcos Valdez at email@example.com.
Deadline: The deadline for the 2019 CTA Evaluation and Capacity Building Grant is Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
USTA Texas Facility Funding
USTA Texas is proud to support various tennis facility projects across the state. In addition to partial matching for nationally funded projects, we also provide a Texas Facility Funding Grant to support various improvements. Deadline for facility funding is on a rolling basis.
2018 Application: PDF
CTA Start-Up Grant
For communities interested in starting a community tennis association. Funds can be used for general start-up costs: postage, supplies, advertising, kick-off event, incorporation fees, etc. Range: $250 - $1,000. No deadline. Contact Alex Trobough at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Application: PDF
USTA Texas Camps (Attend the Tennis Camp of Your Dreams)
Each year various tennis camps across the state participate in our week-long scholarship program. This program is open to all Texas section members 18 years of age and under, who will not be entering college. Scholarship winners are matched with a camp. The scholarship is for players who may not otherwise be able to attend a summer tennis camp. Proof of financial need is required. The 2018 Summer Camp Scholarship is now open. For more information contact Veronica Nicholls at email@example.com or call (512) 443-1334, ext. 215.
2019 Application: PDF
Grow the Game
To help fund communities that want to grow the game. Any program idea that a coach, city parks department, pro, club, CTA, or service organization may have to bring more players into the game of tennis is welcome! (National Junior Tennis League start-up grants, Special Populations grants and USA Tennis grants are included in the Grow the Game Grant.). Ongoing program, no deadline. Contact Ainsley Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org for school program support, Cindy Benzon at email@example.com for Adaptive/Wheelchair and contact Alex Trobough at firstname.lastname@example.org for other inquiries.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Texas Diversity Grant
The Texas Diversity Grant provides players with financial assistance to prepare for and participate in tournament play. The grant is open to Texas players of all levels between the ages of 6-18. Grant awards range from $300-$1,000. Grant recipients serve as positive examples to their peers and as leaders in their communities.
2019 Applicants will need:
- a reference letter from a school official or tennis coach
- report card
- financial documentation
- personal essay
The Texas Diversity Grant has shifted its focus to entry-level (10& Under, first-time, and Challenger) players; however, Champ, Super Champ, and national level players are also encouraged to apply. Multiple applicants are allowed per household, but each applicant must have their own profile with a different log-in and password. The application deadline is Friday, April 19.
For more information, contact Marcos Valdez at email@example.com or (512) 443-1334, ext 220.
2019 Application: Link
Diverse Events Grant
The Diverse Events Grant Program is designed to incentivize Community Tennis Associations and other local partners to reach diverse audiences in their community by promoting tennis at a local cultural event or festival of their choosing. Examples might include a Hispanic Heritage festival, Juneteenth celebration, or LGBT Pride event. 4 to 5 grants, up to $500 each, will be awarded. Deadline is on a rolling basis, as long as funds are available. Grant requests should be submitted two weeks prior to event date, at a minimum.
2019 Application: PDF
Hispanic Engagement Grant
The Hispanic Engagement Grant program supports local efforts to attract new Hispanic individuals/groups to tennis, such as junior or adult players, volunteers, strategic partners, officials, coaches, or others identified by the grant seeker. Grant awards range from $500‑$3,000 will be awarded. Deadline is on a rolling basis, as long as funds are available. Grant requests should be submitted two weeks prior to program start date, at a minimum.
Note: requests to support supplement aids (ball machines, tennis ball baskets), traditional tennis nets and windscreens, instructor stipends exceeding $30/hour, event decorations and entertainment, and one-day events without a follow-up plan are not supported.
2019 Application: PDF
Community Tennis Association Intern Program
The Diversity and Inclusion department is providing up to $2,500 to three (3) Community Tennis Associations to support a 10-12 week summer intern from a local college/university. This grant program has three main objectives:
· Develop a strong, diverse pipeline of talent within the Texas tennis family
· Provide a meaningful internship experience that meets the students’ goals while simultaneously contributing to the needs of the CTA
· Cultivate relationships with local universities
USTA Texas will assist the grantee with creating an internship description and project plan, support cultivating relationships with local universities, and assist with recruiting a diverse candidate pool. Application deadline is February 8, 2019.
2019 Application: PDF
Growing the Game by Engaging Diverse Markets Toolkit
USTA National has developed a new 5-step online training to help local organizations engage and grow diverse markets in their communities. The training has a practical, hands-on approach that equips the user with how-to tools and resources. USTA Texas will assist in in all aspects of coordinating the training, as well as provide follow-up support. It is open to any CTA, community-based organizations and partners, and individuals who are interested.
For questions on any of these opportunities, contact Marcos Valdez, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-443-1334 ext. 220.
Athletic Trainer Matching Grant
The USTA Texas Sports Science Committee is pleased to once again offer you an opportunity to improve your tournaments via the Athletic Trainer Matching Grant. The presence of an athletic trainer at tennis tournaments is becoming increasingly more important at all levels. This grant is to assist tournaments in covering half of the cost of having a trainer present at a tournament. In addition to providing help for injuries, athletic trainers can be used as an educational tool with regards to injury prevention, hydration. Deadline is on a rolling basis, as long as funds are available. If you have tournaments in January and/or February, they will be taken into consideration before the deadline. For more information or questions contact Reid Fenning at email@example.com or call (512) 443-1334 ext. 211.
TEXAS TENNIS AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Junior Competitive Player Travel Reimbursement Grant
The purpose of this grant is to assist competitive junior players with their travel expenses to National Junior Tournament Schedule events or ITF Schedule events. Any player, whether Quota (already receiving monetary help from the USTA Texas Section) or not, may submit an application for this travel expense reimbursement grant associated with national events. Visit the Texas Tennis Foundation website for more information.
Texas Tennis and Education Foundation Scholarships
Funds collected through charitable donations and tennis events are under the supervision and control of the Texas Tennis and Education Foundation. The purpose of the funds is to provide scholarships for ambitious and worthy students who reside in the Texas Section, have an interest in tennis, and have a desire to obtain a higher education but are in need of financial aid to do so. The scholarships are administered solely by the Texas Tennis and Education Foundation. Gifts to the scholarship funds should be made directly to the Texas Tennis and Education Foundation and may be earmarked for the particular scholarship if desired. The scholarship breakdown will be as follows:
- Texas Tennis and Education Foundation (12)
- Ben T. Ball Scholarship (1)
- Harold Green Memorial Scholarship (1)
- Marti Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship (1)