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Tennis Industry United

RECOVER

USTA Indoor Facility Grants

 

The USTA Indoor Facility Grant program was created to strengthen and support indoor tennis facilities through the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether membership based or public, in order to qualify for a Grant your facility must be open to the public for play and/or programming, and these Grants must be used for costs related to equipment, cleaning and sanitation products, and other items listed in the FAQs. We want to help strengthen and improve your business because your facility will be crucial in keeping tennis growing as we continue to navigate our way through this current crisis. This Grant is not designed to cover lost income, dues, or revenues and may not be used for those purposes.

 

Applications will begin to be evaluated by USTA and Section staff after the application deadline. The deadline for applying for these Grants is August 21, 2020.

 

Criteria for facilities to be eligible for Grant:

  • NOTE: Facility Recovery Grant awardees are not eligible
  • Facility must have 2 or more indoor 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
  • Applicant must be facility owner/manager
  • Facility must be open no later than 12/31/2020
  • Other criteria at the discretion of the review team

 

If a facility’s application is approved, Grants will be awarded at two levels:

  • 2-3 indoor courts – up to $3,000
  • 4+ indoor courts – up to $5,000
 

Indoor Facility Grant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The USTA Indoor Facility Grant is intended to strengthen and support Indoor tennis facilities (that are open to the public for play and/or programming) that have been impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Indoor tennis facilities that have a membership are qualified to apply but must be open to the public for play and/or programming.

 

Is there a deadline to submit an application?

Yes, applications will only be accepted until August 21, 2020 5:00 ET.

 

What criteria must be met to be eligible for an Indoor Facility Grant?

  • NOTE: Facility Recovery Grant awardees are not eligible
  • Facility must have 2 or more indoor 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
  • Applicant must be facility owner/manager
  • Must be open no later than 12/31/2020
  • Other criteria at the discretion of the review team

 

What are the specific funding levels of Facility Recovery Grant?

  • 2-3 indoor courts – up to $3,000
  • 4+ indoor courts – up to $5,000

 

I was awarded a Facility Recovery Grant and have indoor courts. Can I still apply for an Indoor Facility Grant?

No, any applicant who received an award for a Facility Recovery Grant is ineligible for an Indoor Facility Grant.

 

I applied for a Facility Recovery Grant, have indoor courts, and was denied an award. Can I still apply for an Indoor Facility Grant?

Yes, an applicant that applied for and did not receive a Facility Recovery Grant may still submit an Indoor Facility Grant application.

 

I have indoor and outdoor courts. Am I eligible for the Indoor Facility Grant?

Yes, as long as your facility has two or more indoor courts and you are open to the public for play and/or programming, you are eligible to apply for the Grant.

 

What is classified as an indoor tennis court?

A tennis court that has a roof over it for any duration of the year. This includes covered courts that do not have HVAC systems and seasonal bubbles.

 

What is counted as a tennis court?

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

 

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 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 indoor sites?

Your application will be evaluated on a site by site basis, however, the Grant amounts will only be awarded once to one owner/manager. 

  

What expenses are authorized under the Indoor Facility Grant?

  • Court surface capital improvements (resurfacing, backboards, curtains, divider nets, lights)
  • Thermometers
  • Sanitizing stations
  • Airflow filter
  • Electrostatic spray
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Protective equipment for the facility (plexiglass, etc.)
  • Further cleaning and disinfecting methods (services and products)
  • Court equipment (nets, hoppers, carts, blowers)
  • Technical systems
  • No touch amenities (Automatic doors, water bottle, sinks, faucets, dryers)
  • 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 have reopened or plan to reopen in 2020.  

 

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

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

  

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 an indoor facility with two or more courts.

 

How will I know that my grant was submitted successfully?

Upon submission of the grant application 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?

All applicants will be notified of a decision the week of September 7.

 

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

You will receive an email notification the week of September 7 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 and completed form W-9
  • Proof of actual and intended purchases of qualified items

 

Who should I send the documentation to?

Please submit the appropriate documentation to the project manager that emailed you the award letter.

 

What is the specific procedure for submission of documentation?

  • Send to: Project manager
  • Subject Line: Must include the name of your tennis facility.
  • Attachments in PDF format:

1.     Receipt of purchase orders and/or invoices for qualified expenses

2.     Current W9

3.     Countersigned Grant Award Letter (pages 1 & 2)

  • Proof of purchase orders and/or invoices must include: date of purchase/transaction, description of the items purchased, and the total amount spent.
  • Countersigned Grant Award Letter must be sent complete with both pages. Submitting the signature page alone is not sufficient.
  • Current W9 must be signed and dated.

 

What is considered Proof of Purchase? 

Acceptable forms of proof (including but not limited to): Purchase Order, Invoice, Receipt, etc.

 

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

We estimate 20 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 November 2, 2020 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.

 

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 be open before I receive the funds?

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

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Questions?

If you have questions about the grant process please send us an email at FacilityRecovery@usta.com