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Ft. Lauderdale, Gainesville, Lee County, Miami Receive USTA Tennis Grants

October 19, 2009 07:00 PM
As part of more than $400,000 in grants awarded by the USTA in October, four Florida non-profit tennis associations, foundations or parks and recreation facilities were awarded funding grants to increase tennis participation, support tennis programming and foster diversity among participants.

The Lee County Community Tennis Association in Cape Coral was awarded $30,000. Receiving $2,500 to $10,000 grant awards were the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation, the Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association, and the Greater Miami Tennis Foundation, Inc.

A total of 45 non-profit organizations across the country received awards from the USTA Recreational Tennis Division. Combined with a half million dollars in grants that were awarded in April, the USTA will award over $900,000 in Recreational Tennis Grants to qualified applicants in 2009. 

Any non-profit organization was eligible to apply for these grants, regardless of affiliation with the USTA.  Winning organizations include Parks and Recreation agencies, YMCA's, USTA NJTL Chapters and entire school districts. All funding recipients share a common commitment to growing the game of tennis, with priorities on providing the QuickStart Tennis play format in their 10-and-under programming along with team tennis opportunities.

"We are excited to announce our second round of grants totaling over $400,000. This investment will help organizations that are dedicated to using tennis as a vehicle to improve the quality of life and education for both children and adults alike," said Kurt Kamperman, chief executive, Community Tennis, USTA. "These organizations are committed to growing the game of tennis by implementing important local programming such as the QuickStart Tennis play format and Jr. Team Tennis, and the USTA is proud to be able to assist them in their efforts."

The Lee County Community Tennis Association in Cape Coral received the Community Partnership Investment award, given to those organizations seeking to establish and develop community based partnerships to grow the game of tennis and have a clear vision for alliance building. The grant amounts awarded are between $10,000 and $50,000 and can be renewed for up to two years. Winning organizations are expected to match the USTA's financial investment. The USTA awarded seven such grants totaling $187,500 during the current grant cycle.

The three other Florida organizations received Program/Project Support grants, awarded to organizations seeking funding to support general tennis programming, project and equipment needs. These awards range between $2,500 and $10,000 and during this cycle, awards totaling $234,000 were distributed to 38 organizations throughout the country. 

Organizations interested in applying for grants can find more information at www.USTA.com/grants.  





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