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Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation

The Sports Matter program supports amateur team sports serving youth from kindergarten through grade 12 located in the United States. The foundation works to raise awareness of the value of sports teams and the lack of funding for these community teams.

Sports Matter has two parts. Through a partnership with DonorsChose.org, Sports Matter enables youth sports teams from public or public charter schools to raise half of the funds they need and earn a matching grant from The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation. In addition, all youth sports teams and leagues regardless of school affiliation are eligible for the Dick’s Sporting Goods’ Sponsorship and Donations program.

Completed online applications include: basic team or league information; documentation for the nonprofit or school the team is affiliated with; specifics concerning the funding request; a list of items needed for equipment requests; vendor quotes for services requests; and registration forms and fees if requesting registration support.

For questions and more detailed information, frequently asked questions are provided on the website.

Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)

Award: The foundation is able to award up to $1.5 million of matching funds.

Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round, as long as funding is available.

Contact: customer.service@dcsg.com

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