Money for Sports


Ask any sports team if it needs more money, and you’ll get a resounding “Yes!” Of course, they need more money. They need money for equipment and facilities, for scholarships, travel expenses and uniforms. While the Hamilton County Sports Authority doesn’t have enough grants to cover every organization’s wish list, it does have resources to help.


This summer, the Sports Authority compiled a list of grants available for sports organizations. Whether it’s baseball, football, running or even biking, money is available. The first step is to find where the money is. The next step is to apply:


Federal/National Grants for Youth Sports programs:


Title: Responsible Sports Fund

Organization: Liberty Mutual

Purpose: The Responsible Sports Community Grants Program, a program of Liberty Mutual, offers funding of $2,500 and $5,000 every year for youth sports development in the United States. The grants typically fund facility improvement and team development. Although the grants are likely not sufficient to start a new program, they enhance existing sports programs that need improvement or are looking to make minor expansions.


Deadline: No specific deadline


Title: Golf Program Grants for People with Disabilities

Organization: National Alliance for Accessible Golf

Objective: the National Alliance for Accessible Golf (Alliance) is expanding its efforts to provide financial assistance and resources to help make the game of golf more accessible to people with disabilities. With this funding from the USGA, the Alliance will for the first time administer the grant-application process for organizations providing golf programs for individuals with disabilities.


Note: May take 30-60 days for review process to be completed.

Deadline: No specific deadlines


Title: The Baseball Tomorrow Fund

Organization: Major League Baseball

Objective: The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association designed to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball. Grants are intended to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs.


Note: Average amount awarded is $39,000

Deadline:  No specific deadline


Indiana State Grants for Youth Sports programs:


Title: Indianapolis Colt Youth Football

Organization: Indianapolis Colts

Objective: The Indianapolis Colts Youth Football Fund awards grants to schools and non-profit sports clubs and leagues in Indiana to enhance existing or new football programs. This fund awards grants for groups that focus on youth under the age of 12. Funds may be used for field improvements and football development. Deadlines for applications vary annually. The Colts also offer up to $5,000 for youth football teams to travel to the national youth football championship games.


Deadline: No specific deadline


Title: Sports Indiana Grant Program

Organization: Sports Indiana

Objective: The Sports Tourism Business Development Grant goal is to issue monetary grants to attract or grow high quality sporting events in Indiana that generate a significant economic impact to local communities through participant’s spending, and also enhance the quality of life for Indiana residents by increasing the opportunity for them to participate, attend or observe athletic events.  Funding support by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development and Indiana Sports Corporation makes this grant program possible. The Sports Tourism Business Development Grants (STGs) are available to non-profit tourism or sports-related organizations to support and conduct athletic events consisting of games, exhibitions, tournaments and other sports-related events which are planned, presented, promoted and played in Indiana.

 The grant program is designed to provide financial help to support local CVBs, Sports Commissions or governmental agencies in attracting sporting events that meet one or more of the following criteria: 

      1. To increase the economic impact of visitors on the State and local economies

      2. To increase spending by out-of-county and out-of-state visitors

      3. To generate media coverage and exposure of the value of sports tourism to Indiana.

      4. To generate overnight hotel visitations from participants and spectators

      5. To contribute to the quality of life for Indiana residents by attracting more sporting events to Indiana that they can either participate in or attend to observe and enjoy.


Deadline: No specific deadline / First come first serve


Gain Exposure


The Sports Authority is creating a 2014 Calendar of Events, a one-stop shop for people to find sport clubs and sports-related events in the county. To make sure your organization is included, post your event and information here.