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Heisman Trophy Youth Development Fund

Grants to New York and New Jersey Nonprofits for
Sports and Development Activities for Local Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The New York Community Trust (NYCT)

Deadline Date:

12/10/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $40,000 to New York and New Jersey nonprofit organizations to provide amateur sports and development activities for youth in Long Island, Westchester, New York City, and Newark, New Jersey. A Letter of Interest must be submitted prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support projects that integrate athletics, academics, and youth development activities, thereby teaching teamwork, leadership, and excellence with integrity.

The Heisman Trophy Trust has always supported amateur athletics to provide greater opportunities for young people to learn valuable life skills.

The Fund’s purpose is to support charitable organizations that support activities for young people up to age 18. The goals of the Fund are to:

  1. Make Olympic-qualified sports widely available to young people regardless of athletic ability; and
  2. Engage young people in activities that teach teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, and excellence with integrity.

The Fund strongly encourages small sports-based youth development nonprofits to apply.

The review and selection of LOIs will be competitive and guided by an advisory committee. Preference will be given to academically-focused youth sports projects that:

  1. Have the potential for scale, i.e., serve substantial numbers of underprivileged young people, and/or operate on a minimum of five public school campuses;
  2. Integrate academics, youth development, and Olympic-qualified sports activities; or
  3. Improve the quality and effectiveness of existing sports-based youth development programs to better support young people.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183164

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Fund will consider grants of $10,000 to $40,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
1. Be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations in New York City, Westchester, Long Island, or Newark, New Jersey (unincorporated organizations may apply using a fiscal sponsor).
2. Meet the governance and financial standards of the Better Business Bureau, including a board of directors with at least five members, no more than one of whom is paid.

The Fund will not:
1. Provide general operating support;
2. Support programs that are selective or designed to work solely with student-athletes, or offer only basic academic support, such as homework assistance; or
3. Support programs operated by charter or private schools.

Pre-Application Information:

LOIs may be submitted from November 05, 2019 - December 10, 2019.

Letters of Interest must be uploaded by 5:00 p.m. on December 10, 2019. The Fund welcomes submissions before this deadline. Applicants will be notified by email if the proposal is of interest to the Fund, and may be asked to submit additional information. Site visits and follow-up phone calls for clarification may also be necessary.

Applicants may submit one Letter of Interest. Applicants that operate programs in more than one municipality (e.g., New York City, Long Island, Westchester, or Newark, New Jersey) may request support for only one site.

For application information please click the "Submit a Letter of Interest" tab here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit Letters of Interest to

The New York Community Trust
909 Third Avenue (Between 54th and 55th streets)
22nd Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 686-0010
Fax: (212) 532-8528

Sheila R. Dinkins
Grants Administrator
(212) 686-0010 x554

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Newark;   New York City;   New York: Long Island, Westchester