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. Based on need and merit, 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

Youth leagues that are 501(c)(3) compliant and schools may submit applications through May 9 at Applications must be submitted online. The program is made possible through the NFL Foundation.

Each selected youth league, middle school, and high school program receives from $500 to $1,000 in Riddell credit to use towards new equipment or uniforms. 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.

“Our equipment grants help youth leagues and scholastic programs continue to make positive differences in young people’s lives through America’s favorite sport,” USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “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: Indianapolis-based USA Football ( is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur football players. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and works with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport for a better, safer game through coaching education and player skill advancement.

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