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USA Football now accepting applications for $400,000 in Field Building Grants

Steve Alic, USA Football Wed, 02/08/2012 - 12:52pm

USA Football and FieldTurf announced today that applications are being accepted for $400,000 in Field Building Grants.

For the second consecutive year, USA Football will award a total of $400,000 through its Field Building Grant program. Municipalities, school systems and tax-exempt youth leagues are eligible for grants to be used toward the purchase of a FieldTurf product.

Applications are available at http://www.usafootball.com/fieldgrantsand will be accepted now through March 20. Grants will be awarded in April based on merit and need.

USA Football awards up to eight Field Building Grants annually, each in the form of a $50,000 credit toward the purchase of a FieldTurf product. The sport’s national governing body in the United States, Indianapolis-based USA Football also is the only organization in the NFL’s 92-year history to be the official youth football development partner of the league and each of its 32 teams.

USA Football members – youth football coaches, players, league commissioners and game officials – reside in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Approximately 3 million American children age 6-14 play organized youth tackle football, placing it among the country’s most popular youth sports.

FieldTurf has installed thousands of football fields at the high school and municipal level throughout the United States in addition to more than 100 football fields for NCAA Division I schools along with game and/or practice fields for 21 of the NFL’s 32 teams.

About FieldTurf: FieldTurf offers industry-leading engineering and manufacturing resources and leads the synthetic turf industry with regard to setting higher environmental standards. FieldTurf is the global market leader in terms of synthetic sports fields with more than 7,000 fields installed. Additionally, FieldTurf has attained more than 15,000 satisfied customers in high quality pet, residential, commercial and municipal landscaping solutions, playground surfacing and has a complete range of golf and tennis products. FieldTurf synthetic turf customers enjoy the benefits of significantly reduced water consumption, the elimination of fertilizer and pesticides, superior durability and drainage and a product that looks and feels real. The positive environmental impact of FieldTurf provides the added benefit of LEED building contributions.

About USA Football: USA Football, the sport's national governing body in the United States, hosts more than 80 football training events annually offering education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competition and awards $1 million annually in equipment grants to youth and high school football programs based on merit and need. Endowed by the NFL and NFL Players Association in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.