USTA Florida Foundation Launches New Wheelchair Grant in First Cycle of 2020
By: USTA Florida Foundation Staff
Beginning today and running through Apr. 30, 2020, the USTA Florida Section Foundation will be accepting grant applications to help expand community tennis programming, fund new programs, and provide equipment to organizations serving children and adults throughout the state.
Grants from the USTA Florida Section Foundation, the giving arm of USTA Florida, offer funding for youth tennis programs, adaptive tennis programs, community tennis programs in economically challenged areas, along with facility assistance in the renovation, refurbishment and building of quality public tennis facilities.
New for 2020, the USTA Florida Section Foundation is proud to now offer wheelchair grants to eligible wheelchair tennis programs that have a current USTA organizational membership, a broad base of community support, meet a compelling need in the community, and align with the Foundation’s priority funding areas. Grants can go toward supporting on-court instruction, wheelchair focused instruction/training for providers, tennis equipment, tennis wheelchairs, and general program support.
Grant Priorities include:
- Programs placing an emphasis on wheelchair offerings that attract new players
- Programs made available for under-resourced wheelchair athletes in economically challenged communities
- Youth wheelchair tennis programs
- Adaptive wheelchair tennis programs
“I’m thrilled we can finally unveil this exciting opportunity for grassroots tennis programs here in Florida,” said Alexis Johnson, Executive Director of the USTA Florida Section Foundation. “We heard from providers about what they truly need and we’re ready to support them with this brand-new wheelchair grant offering.”
To learn all about the new wheelchair grants, click here.
During 2019, the USTA Florida Section Foundation put more than $62,000 back into the community. During the first cycle of 2019, the USTA Florida Section Foundation awarded more than $26,000 in grants across Florida to community tennis organizations in Jacksonville, Orlando, Plantation, Miami and other locations. The Foundation put another $34,000 back into the community during the second cycle of the year, with grants to provide equipment and program funding to organizations in Eatonville, Delray Beach, Palm Coast, and more.
Besides making an impact investment, you can support Florida recreational grassroots tennis with the purchase of a “Play Tennis!” license plate or by signing-up for the RoundUp App, where 100 percent of the change received from rounding-up your purchases goes straight back into the communities needing it the most through grant award opportunities.
ABOUT THE USTA FLORIDA SECTION FOUNDATION
With a mission of “Changing Lives through Tennis,” the USTA Florida Section Foundation provides financial support to organizations that help people of all ages and abilities improve their health and quality of life through the great game of tennis. Since 2005, The USTA Florida Section Foundation has had a community impact of more than $1,600,000 through equipment and financial support for community tennis programs throughout Florida. To learn more about the USTA Florida Section Foundation’s mission and how you can help make a difference in your local community, visit www.UstaFloridaFoundation.com.