Funding opportunity: Bring Soccer for Success to your afterschool program

by Tiereny Lloyd

In partnership with Trinity Health, the U.S. Soccer Foundation recently announced a funding opportunity to expand their free out of school program, Soccer for Success. The Foundation seeks community partners to implement this program for 12-weeks during the Spring of 2017, and return to operate the program for a 24-weeks during the 2017-2018 academic year (Fall 2017-Spring 2018).

What is Soccer for Success?

It is an evidence-based program created by the U.S. Soccer Foundation that uses soccer as a tool to address children’s health issues and juvenile delinquency, while promoting healthy lifestyles in urban underserved communities. The program’s innovative curriculum is aimed at maximizing physical activity among participants each session, while also providing nutrition education and information on healthy lifestyles through unique soccer activities. Since the program’s inception, the Soccer for Success program has become a national movement serving over 71,000 children in over 130 cities.

How can I obtain funding?

The request for proposals (RFP) and application can be found on The RFP provides details regarding funding, timeline, and qualifications. Grant applications are due no later than Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 11:59 pm EST. Grant awards will be announced by November 17, 2016. Please note: Your program must be located in a specific community. To find out if your program location qualifies, follow this link.

Grants from U.S. Soccer Foundation provide support in the following ways:

Awardees will be provided with jerseys, soccer balls, socks, shin guards, and field equipment,

based on the number of participants enrolled in Soccer for Success

In unique circumstances, cash grants can also be provided to organizations that need

support to pay coaches, program management staff, and/or family/community engagement

and miscellaneous program costs. Funding priority will be given to organizations that do not

require this support.

Need more information?

The U.S. Soccer Foundation will hold a call for interested applicants on September 29th. Information about this call can also be found on

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