Beginning today, USA Lacrosse is accepting applications for several of its grant offerings, which provide resources to groups and organizations to support local lacrosse development and opportunities.
As part of this Round 1 (Early Bird) cycle, USA Lacrosse will be accepting grant applications (called proposals) for the following six initiatives: TryLax, Physical Education, First Stick, National Diversity Grant, Urban Lacrosse Alliance, and Officials Development.
This grant cycle will be open from September 1-13, with fulfillment for approved recipients expected to begin in November. The online application/proposal form, along with additional information about the submission process, is available at www.usalacrosse.com/grant-process.
USA Lacrosse plans to accept a second round of 2021-22 grant applications in October and a third round in January.
Each of the grant categories have slightly differing goals and qualifications. Grant eligibility can be reviewed online at usalacrosse.com/usa-lacrosse-grant-eligibility-guidelines.
A brief definition of each program and grant is noted below:
TryLax - These are 90-minute, introductory clinics for youth who have never played lacrosse before. The clinics feature a curriculum designed by USA Lacrosse and delivered by coaches from local programs. Every participating child receives a stick as part of the grant.
Physical Education – Typically awarded to schools and youth organizations, this grant package provides modified PE lacrosse equipment and a curriculum for introducing a co-ed version of lacrosse designed for kids to achieve quick success executing the basics skills of the game.
First Stick - Provides organizations with lacrosse equipment and support so they can provide affordable and accessible youth lacrosse activities to their participants.
National Diversity - Funding to qualified organizations that initiate or continue programs and projects that promote lacrosse participation and education in underrepresented communities.
Urban Lacrosse Alliance – Support through equipment and subsidies for self-sustaining youth programs that provide playing opportunities in underrepresented communities.
Officials Development – Aid for local officiating organizations to offset expenses related to recruiting, training, retention, and leadership activities.
USA Lacrosse believes that broad representation and participation add significant value to the lacrosse experience and seeks to provide sustained leadership and resources for the growth of the game in all communities. In 2020, grants provided by the organization had a total retail value of over $1.2 million, and a direct impact to over 16,000 youth players.
Questions about USA Lacrosse grants may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.