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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.


2015 Grant Recipients

  • A-C Valley Little League
  • Avonworth Athletic Association
  • Borough of Ambridge
  • Borough of Jefferson Hills
  • Brookville Area Little League
  • Canon-Mac Youth Girls Softball Association
  • Center Township Athletic Association
  • Charleroi Youth Baseball Association
  • City of McKeesport
  • City of New Castle
  • City of Steubenville Parks and Recreation Department
  • City of Toronto
  • Clarion Little League
  • Collier Township
  • Communities, Inc.
  • DuBois Little League
  • Elizabeth Township Municipality
  • Fort Cherry School District
  • Harmony Area School District
  • Hempfield Township Parks and Recreation Department
  • Hermitage Little League, Inc.
  • Homer City Area Athletic Booster Club
  • Hometown Mentors Inc
  • Laurel Jr/Sr High School
  • Maplewood Baseball Boosters
  • Mt. Jewett/Hamlin Sports Booster Club
  • Mt. Pleasant Area Little League
  • Northern Cambria Baseball Boosters
  • Penn Hills Baseball Association
  • Penns Valley Little League Softball
  • Perryopolis Area Baseball
  • Reynolds Little League
  • Riverside Girls Athletic Association
  • Scott Township Athletic Association
  • Seneca Valley North Athletic Association
  • Shenango Athletic Association
  • Somerset Youth Baseball/Softball
  • South Beaver Boosters
  • South Park Baseball Association
  • South Union Township
  • St. Mary's Softball Little League
  • Union Finley Area Athletic Association
  • United Athletic Association
  • Washington Township Youth Association
  • Wilkinsburg Baseball Association
  • Wintersville Baseball 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 )