Request for Proposals

NFL Grassroots
Gustafason Field, Indianapolis, IN

Summary of RFP

The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program is a partnership of the National Football League Foundation, which provides funding for the Program, and LISC, which provides technical assistance and manages the Program. The goal of the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program is to provide non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields. Athletic fields can serve as tremendous community assets by offering opportunities for recreation, education, and relaxation that contribute to the local quality of life. The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program seeks to redress the shortage of clean, safe, and accessible football fields in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

In order to be eligible for a grant, projects must be sponsored by non-profit community-based organizations registered as exempt from Federal Income Tax under Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c)(3) or middle or high schools. In addition, all organizations applying for funds must be located specifically and exclusively within NFL Target Markets, listed in Attachment A in the RFP, and serve low to moderate income areas within those markets.

There are two levels of support:

1) General Field Support: Applicants may submit requests of up to $50,000 for capital projects not associated with the actual field surface. This support includes the installation/refurbishment of bleachers, concession stands, lights, irrigation systems, etc.

2) Field Surface Grants: Matching grants of up to $200,000 are available to help finance the resurfacing of a community, middle school or high school football field and the installation of synthetic sports turf. The ability of these new surfaces to withstand constant use and require little ongoing maintenance costs makes this an attractive option for communities, schools and youth groups to consider.

A smaller number of matching grants of up to $100,000 will be available to help finance the resurfacing of a community, middle school or high school football field utilizing natural grass/ sod surfaces. If applicants choose to utilize natural grass/sod surfaces as opposed to the synthetic sports surfaces, a minimum five-year maintenance plan and corresponding financial budget must be provided in order to demonstrate that the applying organization will maintain the field despite projected wear and tear and potential overuse by youth sports participants. Funds from the Program may NOT be used to maintain field surfaces, as all grant funds must be used for capital expenditures.