The Harry Chapin Foundation

The Harry Chapin Foundation, founded in 1981, has one mission: to make a positive difference in communities across the country. They support non-profit organizations who continually make a difference in the lives of individuals. The Foundation supports organizations with the following:

  1. Community Education Programs that identify community needs and mobilizes resources to meet them while fostering social and economic justice.

  2. Arts in Education Programs and other approaches to educating young people through creative mediums.

  3. Environmental Programs that promote a safe and sustainable environment.

USA Track & Field Foundation

Ready, Set, Go!

Clubs with existing track & field programs can apply for funds to support and expand “high quality programs that attract diverse ethnic and socio-economic youth and that promote character building, education, active healthy and drug free behaviors, including event participation in track and field and cross country/road running.”

Allowable expenses include equipment, uniforms, meet fees, travel, facility rental, staff and volunteer training, and outreach.

For more information, please contact the USATF Foundation.

Deadline: Ongoing 
Amount: Unspecified


Surdna Foundation-Thriving Cultures Program

Support the growth of your community and local youth through the arts! Arts and culture can act as a catalyst for creating just and sustainable communities, which is a key priority for the Surdna Foundation and their Thriving Cultures Program. The Thriving Cultures Program seeks to support communities in four differing ways including the Teen's Artistic and Cultural Advancement program which supports artistic training programs that help teens explore their cultural identity and equip them with the life-enhancing skills they need to achieve their goals. Visit the Foundation’s Thriving Cultures Program website to learn more about this opportunity and eligibility requirements.

Deadline: Rolling
Amount: $25,000-350,000


Loans & Grants Available for Rural Community Facilities

Clubs in rural and Tribal communities that hope to improve their facilities should consider applying for the USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program, designed to provide affordable funding via grants and loans to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. Community-based non-profits and Federally-recognized Tribes in towns or Tribal lands with fewer than 20,000 residents are eligible, and funds can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities; purchase equipment; and pay related project expenses.

Funding comes in the form of low interest direct loans, grants, or a combination of the two.

To learn more, contact your local USDA Rural Development office and speak to a Community Programs Specialist before attempting to fill out any forms or applications to save valuable time in the process.

Amount: Grant assistance is limited to a percentage (15-75%) of the eligible project costs, and varies depending on community size and median income level.
Deadline: Applications are accepted year round.


Good Sports Equipment Grant Available

Could your Club use new sports equipment for members to use? Check out this opportunity with Good Sports! Good Sports is a non-profit whose mission is to increase youth participation in sports, recreation and fitness activities. Good Sports provides sports equipment, apparel, and footwear to youth organizations offering sports, fitness, and recreational programs.

Clubs who receive a grant from Good Sports will have access to equipment, apparel, and footwear inventory for a two (2) year period. During that period, Clubs can make up to six (6) donation requests that will be documented when the products are used in the Club. Unlike other grant programs, there will be no need to resubmit a full application again during that 2 year period! Check out the applicant criteria to see if your Club is a fit for this opportunity!

Applicants must:

  • Directly serve youth between the ages of 3-18 years old
  • Serve youth in an economically disadvantaged area
  • Located in North America (U.S. and Canada)
  • Operate an organized sport, recreational activity, or fitness program that offers consistent and structured opportunity for play to large groups of children

For questions about Good Sports or the grant opportunity available, visit:
Click here to get started on your application today!

Deadline: Rolling basis
Amount: Sports equipment, apparel, and footwear are available.

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BGCA Native Services Unit
Dallas Service Center
2107 N. Collins Boulevard
Richardson, TX 75080

Direct: 972-581-2374