Program Summary: This grant program provides financial support to youth baseball and softball capital projects located in Hennepin County. In 2012, $131,500 in grants will be approved by the Community Fund for this program.
The Twins Community Fund and its grant programs are supported in part by Target, US Bank, Best Buy, Treasure Island, and Delta.
Administration: The Hennepin County Baseball and Softball grant program will be administered by the Minnesota Twins Community Fund staff who review all requests, pay matching grants, work closely with grantee organizations to ensure completion of the projects and maintain program records.
Hennepin Youth Sports Program: Additional funding for eligible projects is available from Hennepin County. Applicants interested in applying for these funds should review the criteria at the MASC website. Applicants must apply to BOTH Hennepin County and the Twins Community Fund to take full advantage of this opportunity.
Purpose and Eligibility: The purpose of these grants will be to allow Hennepin County government agencies (i.e. municipalities, park districts, or school districts) to create, expand, or improve baseball or softball facilities to enhance opportunities for athletics and recreation.
No grant awards may be used for ongoing expenses, such as programming services or operating and maintaining the facilities. Charter schools must enlist a local unit of government to sponsor their application.
Applicants must have secured some funds for the project from at least one other source before applying. This one other source cannot be a pending 2012 Hennepin Youth Sports Program application.
Organizations must also be governed by active boards and have sufficient revenue to operate their leagues.
Application Process/Schedule: Organizations must complete an application and submit other required documents. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until all funds are distributed. Final grant determinations will be made by the Minnesota Twins Community Fund Board of Directors in December.
|Application Due Date||Grant Determination/Notification|
|November 2, 2012||December 20, 2012|
Applications must be complete and sent through the U.S. Mail. Faxed/emailed applications are not accepted.
Applicants must begin their project within nine months of receiving the grant.
Grant Payments: Grants will be paid after approval from the Twins Community Fund Board of Directors.
Criteria: The following criteria will be among those considered in evaluating grant applications:
Other Requirements: Organizations receiving grants are required to:
Partnerships: Proposals that support, create, and enhance partnerships both between public entities as well as those with private organizations will be favored. Operating agreements that expand hours and programs, bring new users to the facility, and provide opportunities that do not currently exist in the community will be preferred.
Questions about the Twins Community Fund's Hennepin County Baseball and Softball Grant program should be directed to: