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Fields for Kids Program

Guidelines

Summary

The Pirates Charities Fields for Kids program provides financial support to improve youth baseball and/or softball facilities via matching grants to nonprofit organizations and local government units that operate baseball and/or softball programs.

Matching Grant Size

$1,000 - $25,000

Matching Grant Parameters

Program logo The Fields for Kids program is open to any independent nonprofit tax-exempt organization, school or local government unit that operates youth baseball and/or softball programs within the Pittsburgh Pirates market area, which primarily encompasses Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and West Virginia.* Any organization operating baseball or softball programs for youth that has secured funds equal to or exceeding the request amount (secured funds can include in-kind contributions of materials or labor) may apply for a grant. Organizations must be governed by active boards and have sufficient revenue to operate their leagues. Organizations receiving grants will be required to prominently display provided signage recognizing Pirates Charities' support. Organizations are limited to one Fields for Kids grant every other year (may not receive grants in consecutive years).

Grant applications will be accepted during two grant periods per calendar year. For each grant period, Pirates Charities will award a select number of grants in each of the following ranges:

  • $10,001 - $25,000 (1 per grant period)
  • $5,001 - $10,000 (5 per grant period)
  • $1,001 - $5,000 (15 per grant period)

Eligible projects will include the upgrading of essential field components, such as new sod, infield, fencing, dugouts, and irrigation systems; upgrades to the overall facility to include lights, bleachers, batting cages, scoreboards and concession stands.

The purchase of land, parking lots, press boxes and restrooms are ineligible. Routine maintenance of fields will not qualify. Organizations may apply for one Fields for Kids grant per year. Requests for funding for projects that have already been completed will not be considered.

Renovation/construction projects must be completed within one year from the date of the grant award.

Administration

The Pirates Charities Fields for Kids program is administered by Pirates Charities staff who will review all requests, pay matching grants, work closely with grantee organizations to ensure project completion, and maintain program records.

Application Process

Organizations must complete an application and submit all required documents for consideration. Applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Final 2016 grant determinations will be made by Pirates Charities in June and September.

Application due dates for 2016 are as follows:
Friday, May 13, 2016
Monday, August 1, 2016

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Completed applications should be directed to:

Pirates Charities
c/o Pittsburgh Pirates
PNC Park at North Shore
115 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

*The Pittsburgh Pirates market area includes the following counties:

In Pennsylvania: Allegheny; Armstrong; Beaver; Bedford; Blair; Butler; Cambria; Clarion; Clearfield; Crawford; Elk; Erie; Fayette; Forest; Greene; Huntingdon; Indiana; Jefferson; Lawrence; Mercer; Somerset; Venango; Warren; Washington; Westmoreland.

In West Virginia: Barbour; Brooke; Doddridge; Grant; Hampshire; Hancock; Harrison; Lewis; Marion; Marshall; Mineral; Monongalia; Ohio; Pleasants; Preston; Ritchie; Taylor; Tucker; Tyler; Wetzel.

In Ohio: Ashtabula; Belmont; Carroll; Columbiana; Coshocton; Geauga; Guernsey; Harrison; Holmes; Jefferson; Mahoning; Monroe; Noble; Portage; Stark; Summit; Trumbull; Tuscarawas; Washington; Wayne.

In Maryland: Allegany; Garrett.


2016 Grant Recipients

  • Bauerstown Baseball Association
  • Berlin Youth Baseball and Softball League
  • Borough of Carnegie
  • Brentwood Athletic Association
  • Burrell Baseball Association
  • Central Hempfield Baseball/Softball Association
  • Chartiers-Houston Girls Softball Association
  • Connellsville Little League
  • East Liverpool Area Youth Baseball
  • Hempfield Youth Sports Organization
  • Hopewell Youth Baseball Association
  • Kennedy Girls Softball
  • Keystone School District
  • Knox Area Baseball Association
  • Lakeview Knothole Little League
  • Oil City Junior Baseball
  • Pine Richland Baseball Softball Association
  • Purchase Line School District
  • Ridgeway Area Little League
  • Smithfield Youth League
  • Stargell Field in Homewood
  • West Hempfield Athletic Association
Photo
The Purchase Line School District, located in Indiana, PA, renovated one of its softball fields with the help of the Pirates Charities Fields for Kids Program. Featured in this photo are members of the Purchase Line School District Softball Team. (Photo taken by Purchase Line School District student, Hope Hankinson )