The Pirates Charities Fields for Kids Bradenton matching grant program provides financial support to improve youth recreational and athletic fields via matching grants to non-profit organizations, schools and local government units that operate athletic programs aimed at youth.
$1,000 - $5,000
The Fields for Kids Bradenton program is open to any independent non-profit tax-exempt organization, school or local government unit that operates youth athletic programs within Manatee County. Any organization operating athletic programs within the approved region that has secured funds equal to or exceeding the requested amount (secured funds can include in-kind contributions of materials or labor) may apply for a grant. Organizations must be governed by active boards and have sufficient annual revenue to carry out their programs. Organizations receiving grants will be required to prominently display provided signage recognizing Pirates Charities' support.
Matching grants between $1,000-$5,000 are available for the renovation of outdoor athletic or recreational fields used primarily by youth, including but not limited to baseball/softball, football, field hockey, lacrosse and soccer fields. Eligible projects will include the upgrading of essential field components, such as new sod, infield, turf, fencing, dugouts/benches and irrigation systems; upgrades to the overall facility to include lights, bleachers, batting cages, scoreboards and concession stands.
The purchase of land, parking lots, press boxes and restrooms are ineligible. Routine maintenance of fields will not qualify. Organizations may apply for one Fields for Kids per year, and each unique field may benefit from one grant per year. Requests for funding for projects that have already been completed will not be considered.
Renovation/construction projects must be completed within one year from the date of the grant award, and a final report including photos must be completed by the same time.
Organizations must complete an application and submit all required documents for consideration. Applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Final grant determinations will be made by Pirates Charities in May.
2016 Fields for Kids application and deadlines will be available soon.