US Lacrosse strives to break down barriers to participation by providing resources, training opportunities, grants, programs, and financial support to qualified organizations. US Lacrosse delivers grants to member organizations and other non-profit organizations who demonstrate the following characteristics:
- A spirit of collaboration, partnership, and alliance-building in their community
- A commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
- A willingness to grow a relationship over time with US Lacrosse
- Experienced and committed local leadership and governance
- Programming that serves the community and is player-centered
- Seeks to provide services that are transformative in the lives of the athletes
- A culture of accountability and commitment to best practices and policies
- Shared belief in the US Lacrosse mission; giving every child the opportunity to have a great lacrosse experience
All organizations seeking funding, grants, or support, regardless of the amount or type requested, are required to meet the following criteria:
- Program must directly serve youth between ages 6-19 with a priority on youth ages 14 and under.
- Program must be located in and serve youth within the United States.
- Program must operate an organized sport, recreational activity, or fitness program.
- Program must offer consistent/structured opportunity for lacrosse play to large groups of children.
- Program must deliver programming through experienced and committed leadership.
- Program must deliver a minimum 6-week sports/physical activity program.
- Program must follow the US Lacrosse Native American mascot policy, found here.
- Program must be willing and able to comply with US Lacrosse best practices and Return to Play recommendations, found here.
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
- Applicants must be directly associated with the program for with he or she is applying. Physical Education Grant applicants must work for the prospective school.
- Applicants must submit a completed US Lacrosse Proposal form. Due to the competitive nature of the grant process, incomplete proposals will not be eligible for consideration.
- Applicants must be able to provide US Lacrosse with his or her organization’s completed W-9 and Employer Identification Number (EIN). US Lacrosse prioritizes awarding grants to nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation.
- Preference is given to organizations working with both boys and girls,
- Preference is given to programs that demonstrate an ability to reach participants in underrepresented and diverse communities,
- US Lacrosse prioritizes awarding grants to organizations that require all players and coaches to have a US Lacrosse Membership to participate in their program. If your organization does not currently require US Lacrosse Membership to participate, please click here or contact your Regional Manager to learn more. *Note: This preference excludes Physical Education Grants and Coach Development Clinic Grants.