Salt Lake City Youth Athletic Grant

Awarded to youth athletic organizations that are local, nonprofit, and competitive to benefit low-income athletes residing within Salt Lake City Council Districts.


Application Available Online: March 30th, 2022

Application Closes: April 18th, 2022

Award Amount: Up to $15,000 per organization, $1,500 per athlete

Click here to download all grant qualifications and funding details.

To qualify for this grant award you must:

  • Be a 501c3 nonprofit organization or a Domestic Nonprofit Corporation registered with the State of Utah. Religious and governmental organizations are not eligible for these funds.
  • Have a primary focus on providing nonprofit competitive sports programming, either by having competitive youth sports as the only purpose of your organization or by having competitive youth sports as a big part of your programming. Youth must compete against other individuals or teams in sporting matches and competitions operating at an advanced level of play to qualify as competitive. Only competitive sports programming will be considered. Recreational and/or instructional programs are not eligible.
  • Demonstrate your commitment and knowledge of youth athletics. This means you can show that you have a history of running a youth athletic program or are partnering with an organization to create a new program for a specific, underserved, group of young people.
  • Show you can manage and administer the funds generated by the activity in a fiscally responsible manner. This means you have a way to keep track of the money and report to the Community Foundation of Utah and the City how the grant was used.
  • Be able to continue offering the sports activity in an effective and consistent fashion throughout the grant year or sports season. If the sport is seasonal (like skiing) please let us know in the application.
  • Your organization must carry and provide proof of liability insurance.
  • Although this is not a requirement, it would be helpful if your organization has the ability to add to these funds with others raised by private donations or with potential additional funds from Salt Lake City.

Funding Details:

  • These grant funds are to be used strictly for individual scholarships for athletes participating in your program. “Scholarship” means the base fees that are necessary to enable an athlete to participate in the program and enjoy full membership benefits that are available to non-scholarship athletes. Examples of base fees include: league registration fees, facility usage fees, uniforms, tournament expenses, etc.
  • These funds may be used for expenses incurred between November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2022.
  • The maximum award for each organization is $15,000 per year, and no more than $1,500 can be allocated to any one athlete.
  • Athletes must reside within Salt Lake City Council Districts to be eligible for the scholarship funds.
  • If your organization applies for and receives a grant of $5,000 or more, the Community Foundation of Utah will require a dollar-for-dollar match. You can raise these funds from other sources, like donations from individuals or sponsorships from companies.
  • The grant money will be sent to the organization after we receive a clear and complete record of the athletes that will receive scholarships. A narrative report form and reporting spreadsheet will be provided and must be submitted by November 1, 2022. We will need a list of the athletes, how much they will receive, and proof of income eligibility. We do not need their family income or any private information. Athletes that qualify for the Federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program or other accepted governmental assistance programs meet the income eligibility requirement. A list of the accepted assistance programs may be obtained by email . More reporting details will be provided upon application approval.

Be prepared to submit the following documents:

  • IRS Determination Letter OR certificate of being a Domestic Nonprofit Corporation. If you are working under another organization, please attach their documents.
  • Current W-9 Form
  • Organization’s financial policies
  • Most recent 990 IRS Form
  • Financial statement or budget for the immediate past fiscal year (2020 or 2021)
  • A proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year
  • Applicant certification - Signatures of the President of the Board, your Treasurer, and, if you are working with another organization, the representative of that organization. For example, if you are applying through your Community Council, please have the President and Treasurer of the Council sign, as well as the head of the youth sports group that is associated. (DOWNLOAD FORM HERE)
  • Charitable Solicitation Permit – Please verify that your permit is not expired. If your permit is expired, you may not be considered for this grant.

Download all funding details and requirements here.




*This grant is available for organizations with a 501(c)(3) status only. If you are an individual seeking a scholarship, please contact the organization who hosts the experience you are looking to scholarship and ask them to apply for this grant opportunity.