The NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Field Grant Program will provide community organizations, schools and parks in 14 cities with $3 million in grants to build or refurbish neighborhood football fields.
The program is a partnership between the NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation's leading community development support organization. Through the program, local agencies will receive financing and technical assistance to improve the quality and safety of fields in their communities.
The funding will include new fields or field enhancements in the following cities:
Improvements include renovating irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf.
"For the last 20 years, the NFL Foundation and LISC have helped to create new community playing fields and revitalized old ones in neighborhoods throughout the country," said Alexia Gallagher, Senior Director of Philanthropy and Executive Director, NFL Foundation. "With more than one million youth using these fields, which provide safe places for families to come together and participate in sports, the benefits of the NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Field Grant Program are indisputable."
"Our work with the NFL Foundation fits perfectly with LISC's mission to forge resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America," said Maurice Jones, LISC President and CEO. "Local athletic fields are a critical part of that, and we look forward to bringing additional fields to neighborhoods throughout the country."
Since 1998, the NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Field Grant Program has provided nearly $61 million to support the creation or refurbishment of 365 fields nationwide.
The 2019 Grassroots funding cycle will begin May 15th. Visit the LISC website to learn more.