FAQs

General FAQs

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. In that the license plate is the primary revenue source for the Foundation, all Floridians are encouraged to show support of tennis with an individual Play Tennis! tag.

Program Support FAQs

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis during the two grant cycles: March 1st, 2018 through May 31st, 2018 and August 1st, 2018 through October 31st, 2018.

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 at www.USTAFloridaFoundation.com. 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.

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

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 $1,220,800 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.

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis during the two grant cycles: March 1st, 2018 through May 31st, 2018 and August 1st, 2018 through October 31st, 2018.

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.

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

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.