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USA Tennis Florida Increases Public Facility Funding

June 10, 2005 03:41 PM

USA Tennis Florida is pleased to announce that the USA Tennis Florida Board of Directors voted unanimously at a Board of Directors Meeting at the Registry Resort in Naples on June 4 to spend $350,000 on Public Facility Funding to help build and improve tennis facilities in Florida.

Public Facility Funding was expanded through the Tennis in the Parks Initiative to financially assist public tennis facilities in repairs and upgrades.  The USTA started funding public facility upgrades in 1999 with the Adopt-a-Court program, since that time 9 Florida facilities and 75 courts have received over $40,000 in funding.  These grants are being called Public Parks Initiative Grants, and have been assigned three categories.

  • Category 1 grants are up to $2,500 awarded by USTA National and will be matched with $2,500 from USA Tennis Florida.
  • Category 2 grants are primarily for reconstruction and upgrades.  These grants are up to $100,000 or 20% of the total project budget. USA Tennis Florida will match 25% of the funding received from the USTA.
  • Category 3 grants are grants for new construction.  These grants are up to $200,000 or 20% of the total project budget, and are for any new construction of public tennis facilities of four courts or more. USA Tennis Florida will match these grants at 25% of the funding received from the USTA.

There are numerous ways to apply for Public Facility Funding.  For more information on the Public Facility Funding process, please visit: http://www.usta.com/communitytennis/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=173120.

USA Tennis Florida President Don Cleveland stated, “Our board realizes the importance of increasing and improving our public tennis facilities in Florida and this funding will help ensure that. We feel this money will help in development and upkeep of public tennis facilities throughout Florida.”

The unanimous vote to increase Public Facility Funding was only one of the numerous decisions made at the board meeting in Naples, FL, which was held in conjunction with the United States Professional Tennis Association, (USPTA) Florida Division annual convention.  USA Tennis Florida Executive Director Doug Booth said, “Our board continues to be visionary in providing the needed funding to help our association reach its mission, To Promote and Develop Tennis in Florida!”







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