General FAQs

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis during the two grant cycles: February 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019 and August 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019.

Notification of a grant award will be delivered via email within 30 – 45 days after submission.

No, matching funds are not required; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to have additional funding sources to ensure the project’s success.

Funding is made possible by generous donations from individuals, corporations and foundations, along with the revenue from the Play Tennis! specialty license plate and RoundUp App. All Floridians are encouraged to show support of tennis with an individual Play Tennis! license plate or by rounding up their change to be the change via the RoundUp App.  For more information, please visit the Get Involved section of our website.

Program Support FAQs

The Foundation supports charitable non-profit organizations as designated by the IRS or government entities such as schools and parks and recreation sites. Support grants fund a variety of tennis programs for people of all ages and abilities in Florida.

Our grant priorities include youth tennis, adaptive and wheelchair tennis for special populations of all ages and underserved children and adults in economically challenged communities.

Applicants must have a current USTA organizational membership, have a broad base of community support, meet a compelling need in the community and align with the Foundation’s priority funding areas. If working with youth then the applicant must have all involved staff registered with Net Generation at www.NetGeneration.com.

Eligible: Examples: staffing, marketing and general program support.

Ineligible: Examples: individuals, capital projects, travel expenses, scholarships, administrative salaries, the building, renovation or maintaining of tennis facilities, or USTA memberships

Grant amounts vary widely depending on the scope of the program requesting funding. The maximum program support grant is $10,000.

Grant applications and the required attachments must be submitted online. It is required that you upload your IRS Letter of Determination, most recent IRS Form 990, current list of Officers and Board of Directors, current organizational Operating Budget, and Program Budget.

Yes, if the subsequent grant requests are for new programs or expansion of an existing programs. Grantees are encouraged to seek additional sources of support to ensure the continuation of the program after grants funds have been spent.

Equipment Grants

The Foundation provides tennis equipment grants to help fund eligible tennis programs throughout Florida communities. Since early 2010, USTA Florida and its Foundation have awarded over $1,289,110 in grants to community tennis associations, parks and recreation agencies, tennis clubs, service organizations, schools, colleges, and many other tennis entities.

Applicants must be a Florida non-profit entity with a USTA organizational membership. If working with youth then the applicant must have all involved staff registered with Net Generation at www.NetGeneration.com.

Equipment grants provide tennis equipment for youth tennis, Junior Team Tennis, Masters Tennis, adaptive and wheelchair tennis programs for special populations of all ages and tennis programs promoting healthy, active lifestyles.

All grant applications must be submitted online. Complete the application thoroughly and input the required program budget.

Most grants are in the $500 – $2,500 range.

Yes, an organization may apply for more than one equipment grant if the subsequent grant request is for a new program, or expansion of an existing program due to extremely rapid growth, or, for an existing program starting up at a new site for which additional equipment is necessary.