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Grants for Officials Organizations

USA Lacrosse offers recruiting, training, retention, and leadership grant opportunities to support Officials organizations. We offer grants to aid local officiating organizations with the recruiting of new officials, grants to assist in fulfilling the annual learning and development requirements for their officials, and grants that offer assistance offsetting administrative or other areas of need in the necessary operations of running a local officiating organization.

 

Types of Grants

Junior Officiating Academy Support Grant

This grant is open to local officiating organizations interested in beginning a junior officiating academy or reinforcing an existing one. A junior officials program utilizes high school aged officials to cover youth games throughout the year.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA & GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

This grant is open to local officiating organizations that meet the following requirements:

  • Plan to or currently utilize junior officials on youth lacrosse games
  • Have a designated Junior Officiating Coordinator selected by the organization
  • Junior Officiating Coordinator must pass a USA Lacrosse NCSI Background Screening if selected to receive this grant
  • Have a designated USA Lacrosse Certified Trainer and Certified Observer assigned for junior officiating development
  • Have in writing, the local league supporting the use of junior officials
  • Carefully and thoughtfully complete a grant proposal form
WHAT A RECEPIENT RECEIVES

A local organization that is chosen to receive this grant will have the option of how they wish to utilize the funds provided. Proposed funding plans are subject to review and acceptance by USA Lacrosse. Some examples include but are not limited to:

  • Classroom space rental
  • Purchase of training materials or other resources
  • Purchase equipment items needed by Junior Officials

 

Administrative Support Grant

This grant is available to local officiating organizations to help offset administrative or other areas of need in the necessary operations of running a local officiating organization. This includes D&O insurance, assigning platform costs, website hosting fees, tax preparation, and other administrative needs.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA & GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

This grant is open to local officiating organizations that meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate a concerted effort to certify their officials through USA Lacrosse
  • Have at least one USA Lacrosse Certified Trainer, Certified Observer and Certified Assignor in the organization
  • Carefully and thoughtfully complete a grant proposal form
WHAT A RECEPIENT RECEIVES

A local organization that is chosen to receive this grant will have the option of how they wish to utilize the funds provided. Proposed funding plans are subject to review and acceptance by USA Lacrosse. Some examples include but are not limited to:

  • D&O insurance coverage
  • Assigning platform costs
  • Technology support
  • Tax preparation
  • Incorporation or attorney fees
  • Other administrative fees as needed

 

Training Support Grant

This grant provides financial and/or logistical support for Local Officiating Organizations hosting annual officials training and classroom sessions. This grant may be applied to classroom rental fees, purchase of training and curriculum packets, technology rental, or other trainer support needs.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA & GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

This grant is open to local officiating organizations that meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate a concerted effort to certify their officials through USA Lacrosse
  • Designate a Training Coordinator, selected by your LOO
  • The Training Coordinator must complete, or be in process of completing, both the USA Lacrosse Certified Trainer and Certified Observer programs
  • Have at least one USA Lacrosse Certified Trainer and Certified Observer in addition to the Training Coordinator for the LOO
  • Carefully and thoughtfully complete a grant proposal form
WHAT A RECEPIENT RECEIVES

A local organization that is chosen to receive this grant will have the option of how they wish to utilize the funds provided. Proposed funding plans are subject to review and acceptance by USA Lacrosse. Some examples include but are not limited to:

  • Classroom space rental fees
  • Purchase of training materials or other curriculum packets
  • Technology Support
  • Other trainer or observer support

 

Observation Program Support Grant — Local Officiating Organization Grant

The goal of this program is to develop officials, not grade them. As such, observers will be trained to identify and communicate key areas for improvement in working officials and will be tasked with checking to see if these officials have implemented the suggestions into their games. Experienced officials will be trained in observation, evaluation, and communication, and then sent to observe working officials throughout the spring season. Since the goal of the program is to help officials grow, each official will be observed at least twice in order to determine if he/she was able to implement the suggestions for improvement. We will award an LOO in each USA Lacrosse Officiating Region one (1) men's and one (1) women's observation grant annually.

 

Scott Boyle Observation Program

The purpose of this program is to honor Scott Boyle’s name and legacy by facilitating the growth of younger officials around the country. The goal of this program is to develop, not grade, officials.

 

Susie Ganzenmuller Observer Program

The purpose of this program is to emulate Susie Ganzenmuller’s passion and attitude toward officials’ on-field development through a grant to local boards interested in implementing an observation program.

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How to Apply

Officials organizations wishing to apply for any of the above grant offerings must submit a Proposal Form in order to be eligible. Please follow the link below to learn more about the grant process and upcoming application availability.

Start the Process