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Fields for Kids Program

Guidelines

Summary

The Pirates Charities Fields for Kids program provides financial support to improve youth baseball and/or softball facilities via matching grants to nonprofit organizations and local government units that operate baseball and/or softball programs.

Matching Grant Size

$1,000 - $5,000

Matching Grant Parameters

Program logo The Fields for Kids program is open to any independent nonprofit tax-exempt organization, school or local government unit that operates youth baseball and/or softball programs within the Pittsburgh Pirates market area, which primarily encompasses Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and West Virginia.* Any organization operating baseball or softball programs for youth that has secured funds equal to or exceeding the request amount (secured funds can include in-kind contributions of materials or labor) may apply for a grant. Organizations must be governed by active boards and have sufficient revenue to operate their leagues. Organizations receiving grants will be required to prominently display provided signage recognizing Pirates Charities' support.

Check Presentation Photo
Pirates and Pirates Charities President Frank Coonelly and former Pirate Kent Tekulve visited the South Park Girls Softball Association on its Opening Day 2012 to present a Fields for Kids grant of $5,000. (Pirates Photo)

Matching grants between $1,000-$5,000 are available for the renovation or construction of baseball and/or softball fields used primarily by youth.

Eligible projects will include the upgrading of essential field components, such as new sod, infield, fencing, dugouts, and irrigation systems; upgrades to the overall facility to include lights, bleachers, batting cages, scoreboards and concession stands.

The purchase of land, parking lots, press boxes and restrooms are ineligible. Routine maintenance of fields will not qualify. Organizations may apply for one Fields for Kids grant per year. Requests for funding for projects that have already been completed will not be considered.

Renovation/construction projects must be completed within one year from the date of the grant award.

Administration

The Pirates Charities Fields for Kids program is administered by Pirates Charities staff who will review all requests, pay matching grants, work closely with grantee organizations to ensure project completion, and maintain program records.

Application Process

Organizations must complete an application and submit all required documents for consideration. Applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Final grant determinations will be made by Pirates Charities in April, June, and September.

Application due dates for 2015 are as follows:

Application Due Date Grant Determination
March 2, 2015 April 10, 2015
May 1, 2015 June 26, 2015
July 31, 2015 September 18, 2015

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Completed applications should be directed to:

Pirates Charities
c/o Pittsburgh Pirates
PNC Park at North Shore
115 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

*The Pittsburgh Pirates market area includes the following counties:

In Pennsylvania: Allegheny; Armstrong; Beaver; Bedford; Blair; Butler; Cambria; Clarion; Clearfield; Crawford; Elk; Erie; Fayette; Forest; Greene; Huntingdon; Indiana; Jefferson; Lawrence; Mercer; Somerset; Venango; Warren; Washington; Westmoreland.

In West Virginia: Barbour; Brooke; Doddridge; Grant; Hampshire; Hancock; Harrison; Lewis; Marion; Marshall; Mineral; Monongalia; Ohio; Pleasants; Preston; Ritchie; Taylor; Tucker; Tyler; Wetzel.

In Ohio: Ashtabula; Belmont; Carroll; Columbiana; Coshocton; Geauga; Guernsey; Harrison; Holmes; Jefferson; Mahoning; Monroe; Noble; Portage; Stark; Summit; Trumbull; Tuscarawas; Washington; Wayne.

In Maryland: Allegany; Garrett.


Fields for Kids Program Multimedia

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Riverview VideoVideo of Riverview Sports Complex in Oakmont, PA

Riverview Photos 1Riverview Athletic Association Before & After Photos 1

Riverview Photos 2Riverview Athletic Association Before & After Photos 2

West Sunbury VideoVideo of West Sunbury (PA) Athletic Complex event


2014 Grant Recipients

  • Berlin Youth Baseball and Softball League
  • Castle Shannon Youth Association
  • Chartiers Houston Girls Softball Association
  • City of Hermitage
  • City of New Castle
  • Connellsville Pony and Colt League
  • Deer Lakes School District
  • Dunbar Area Little League
  • Elizabeth Forward School District
  • Elizabeth Township
  • Elliott West End Athletic Association
  • Fairchance Youth League
  • Forest Area School District
  • Franklin Regional Athletic Association
  • Greenville Trojan Baseball Boosters
  • Laurel Auto Sports Complex
  • Liberty Borough Athletic Association
  • Lower Burrell Little League
  • McCandless Athletic Association
  • Perryopolis Youth Baseball/Softball
  • Saint Mary's Little League Softball
  • Somerset Youth Baseball and Softball
  • State College Little League
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The Purchase Line School District in Indiana, Pa., used Fields for Kids funds to assist with renovation of one of their softball fields. (Pirates Photo)