Youth leagues, middle schools and high schools eligible for $1 million equipment grant program

Youth, middle school and high school football programs can apply for football equipment grants from USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States. Based on merit and need, USA Football awards $1 million annually in football equipment and uniform grants to assist and further strengthen America’s grassroots football community. 




USA Football’s grant program has accomplished the following since 2006:

  • Awarded $6 million in equipment grants through 2013
  • Benefitted more than 4,500 youth and high school football programs in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
  • Helped more than 150,000 youth and high school football players through new equipment

This program is made possible through the NFL Foundation.

Youth leagues that are 501(c)(3) compliant and schools may submit applications through 11:59 p.m. ET on May 3 at Applications must be submitted online.

Nearly 3 million children age 6-14 and 1.1 million high school students play organized tackle football, placing it among the country’s most popular youth and scholastic participatory sports.

Each selected youth league and middle school program receives a $1,000 package that offers a variety of football equipment and uniform options. High schools receive similar packages valued at $1,500. Grants are fulfilled by Riddell, the official helmet and protective equipment partner of USA Football.

USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFLPA. The NFL Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of sports, youth football and communities. The NFL Foundation represents all 32 NFL teams.

“The health and safety of youth and scholastic football players is USA Football’s No. 1 priority,” USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “Our equipment grants help youth leagues and scholastic programs continue to make positive differences in young people’s lives through America’s favorite sport.

“Even with successful fundraisers, some organizations may find challenges in properly equipping their teams. We’re proud to help ensure great football experiences with support from the NFL Foundation.”

About USA Football: USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, hosts dozens of football training events annually offering education for coaches, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions and provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Foundation, USA Football ( is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.

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