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Tennis Industry United


USTA Facility Recovery Grants

The USTA Facility Recovery Grants program was created to assist facilities defray some of the tennis-related costs associated with reopening in 2020 if your facility closed due to the impact of COVID-19.  We want to help your facility get back in the game once it is time to start playing again. Whether membership based or public, your facility must be open to the public for play and/or programming, and  these grants must be used for tennis-related costs for equipment, cleaning and sanitizing or other tennis-related expenses that you’ll need to reopen, once local, state, and federal guidelines allow. We want to help you get your business open again, because your facility will be crucial in keeping tennis growing as we navigate our way through his current crisis.  These grants are not designed to cover lost income, dues, or revenues.


There is  $5 million in Facility Recovery Grant funding available to eligible facilities and we anticipate that there will be more qualified applications than funds available.  Applications will be evaluated by USTA and Section staff in the order in which they are received. The deadline for applying for these grants is June 12, 2020.


Criteria for facilities to be eligible for grant:

  • Facility has 4 or more tennis courts
  • Acknowledgement and agreement of non-discrimination practice and policy
  • Good standing with local, state, and federal regulations
  • Open to the public for play and/or programming
  • Teaching pros are Safe Play compliant or agree to become compliant within 90 days of Grant Award
  • Other criteria at the discretion of the review team


If a facility’s application is approved, grants will be awarded at three levels:

  • 4-7 courts - $2,000
  • 8-11 courts – up to $3,500
  • 12+ courts – up to $5,000


Learn more by reading the Frequently Asked Questions.


Attention Teaching Pro: You must be the facility owner or authorized representative of a facility to submit an application. Independent Contractors cannot submit on their own behalf based on providing services to the Facility.


Facility Recovery Grant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The USTA Facility Recovery Grant is intended to assist Tennis Facilities (that are open to the public for play and/or programming) reopen their facilities when it is possible and consistent with local, state, and federal guidelines, after closing due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tennis Facilities that have a membership are qualified to apply but must be open to the public for play and/or programming.


The purpose of the grant is to help defray some of the tennis-related costs associated with the reopening.


Is there a deadline to submit an application?

Yes, applications will be accepted until June 12th, 2020. We encourage you to apply early as applications will be evaluated in the order in which they are received. 


What criteria must be met to be eligible for a Facility Recovery Grant?

  • Tennis facilities with four or more courts
  • Facility must have closed due to the impact of COVID-19
  • Acknowledgment and agreement of non-discrimination practice and policy
  • Good standing with local, state, and federal regulations
  • Open to the public for play and/or programming
  • Teaching Professionals are Safe Play compliant or agree to become compliant within ninety days of Grant Award
  • Other criteria at the discretion of the review team


What are the specific funding levels of Facility Recovery Grant?

  • 4 – 7 courts: $2,000
  • 8 – 11 courts: up to $3,500
  • 12+ courts: up to $5,000


Where is the link to Safe Play?

Please click here to access the Safe Play.


What is considered open to the public?

For purposes of this Grant, Tennis Facilities are considered “open to the public” if it is open to the public for play and/or programming. Tennis Facilities with a membership are qualified to apply if the Facility is also open to the public for play and/or programming.


Can a facility with 2 or 3 courts be considered for this grant?

No, the goal of the grant is to assist facilities with at least four courts. The grant will be offered to more than 20,000 facilities with more than four courts. 


What is counted as a tennis court?

Permanent 36’, 60’, or 78’ tennis court with a net and fencing.   


Can an individual receive a grant?

No, the grantee must be a business entity and in good standing with local, state, and federal regulations.


What if I manage/own multiple sites?

Your application will be evaluated  on a site by site basis but we plan to limit the grant amounts given to one Owner/Manager. 


How are the funds distributed geographically?

Each USTA Section was allocated funds based on the number of 4+ court, non-private facilities in their Section. 


What expenses are authorized under the Facility Recovery Grant?

  • Tennis balls, teaching equipment (tubes, carts, hoppers)
  • Cleaning/sanitizing efforts (i.e. disposable gloves, disinfectant, cleaning equipment)
  • No Touch Items (i.e. scanning software, automatic/sliding doors)
  • Other tennis-related expenses associated with reopening to the public
  • For further details on qualified expenses and how to submit your accountability information, please click here


What if you don’t know when you will be opening? 

Please enter the anticipated opening date. Facilities are expected to reopen in 2020.  


What if I do not plan to reopen my facility in 2020?

This Grant is only available to facilities that will reopen in 2020.


What if I closed my facility for lessons and programming but the courts were available for open play?

The intention is to provide the grant to facilities that were fully closed due to COVID-19. In some cases exceptions may be considered. 


Is this a restricted grant?

Yes. The Grant must be used solely for the type of items described in the Grant Application and if awarded a Grant, in the Award Letter.


Can a Community Tennis Association (CTA) or National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Chapter apply for this grant?

Yes, if the CTA or NJTL owns or manages a facility with four or more courts.


How will I know that my grant was submitted successfully?

Upon submission of the grant you will be taken to a ‘Thank You’ landing page. In addition, the primary contact and facility owner will receive an email response with a copy of your application. If you do not receive this email, please check your spam folder.


Is there other USTA funding available?

Please stay up to date with the Tennis Industry United webpage and check with your USTA Section and/or District for additional grant opportunities.


How long is the grant decision process?

Approximately 15 business days from receipt of the completed application for evaluation,  processing, and notification.


When will I be notified if I have been granted/denied a Facility Recovery Grant?

You will receive an email notification within approximately 15 business days of submitting a completed application with a decision regarding the Grant Award.


Who will be making the decision on my application?

Your application will be evaluated by a combination of reviewers, including USTA District/State and Section staff and USTA National review team.   


If awarded, what is the next step?

If awarded, you will receive an Award Letter and you will be asked to provide the following documentation - 

  • Signed award letter
  • Signed W9
  • Proof of actual and intended purchases of tennis-related items 
  • Proof of expected date of reopening (announcement to public or customers for example)


What is considered Proof of Purchase? 

Acceptable forms of proof (including but not limited to): Purchase Order, Invoice, Receipt, etc. The documentation provided must be dated as of May 1, 2020 or later. 


Once I provide documentation, how long will the check take to process?

We estimate 15 business days for the USTA to process after receipt of all required information. After which checks will be sent out via regular U.S. Mail. 


How long do I have to provide documentation if I’ve been awarded?

You have until 30 business days prior to the reopening of your facility to provide the requested documentation.


Will I need to show how I spent/intend to spend the grant funds?

Yes, prior to receipt of the Grant funds you will need to provide proof of purchase or intended purchase in addition to proof of scheduled reopening.


Can my proof of purchase be less than the grant amount?

Proof of purchase documentation must be submitted at one time. If your total expenditure is less than the awarded amount, the balance will be forfeited. 


Does my facility have to reopen before I receive the funds?

No, but you must be able to provide proof that the facility is reopening in 2020, along with all other required documentation, as requested in the Grant Award Letter. 



If you have questions about the grant process please send us an email at