Sports 4 Life initiative – Mar 25

Posted by Women’s Sports Foundation on March 22, 2022

Women’s Sports Foundation invites LOIs for Sports 4 Life initiative

Co-founded by the Women’s Sports Foundation and espnW in 2014, the Sports 4 Life initiative was created based on the knowledge that while sports participation offers tremendous life-long benefits, young girls of color are disproportionately excluded.

The program aims to increase the participation and retention of Black, African-American, Hispanic, and/or Native American girls, inclusive of American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The 2022 Sports 4 Life Partner funding cycle is open, with a minimum of $280,000 to be awarded this year. Grants may be used for coaching, curriculum, equipment, uniforms, transportation, facility rental, tournaments and/or team-building activities, all while fostering the Sports 4 Life benefits: leadership, self-esteem, confidence, and perseverance.

Applicants must demonstrate that their program serves predominately Black, African-American, Hispanic, and/or Native American girls (representing more than 70 percent of the enrolled program participants); can deliver structured, developmental sports programming to girls ages 11 to 18 through experienced and committed leadership; can provide ongoing funding to implement sports programming after the life of the funding has expired; and complies with all of the applicable federal civil rights laws, including the requirements about developing and submitting an Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP), reporting findings of discrimination, and providing language services to Limited English Proficiency (LEP) persons.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit schools, parks and recreation departments, nonprofit organizations, or amateur sports leagues.

Letters of Intent are due March 25, 2022, and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full grant application.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Women’s Sports Foundation website.

Deadline: March 25, 2022 (Letters of Intent)

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