Back to News US Youth Soccer Grant Deadline in January December 5, 2009 08:26 PM US Youth Soccer Grants Program descriptions and applications The 2010 US Youth Soccer grant applications are now available on USYouthSoccer.org. For 2010, US Youth Soccer has added a recreation grants program in addition to the TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America grants. The deadline for all grants has been set for Jan. 8, 2010. Last year, as a part of the 12th annual grant cycle and in partnership with adidas, US Youth Soccer awarded $85,000 in grants. Grants were first made available in 1998 with more than $2 million given to date. US Youth Soccer has issued 444 awards to groups of various sizes across the United States. These grants continue to assist in developing soccer programs and furthering The Game for ALL Kids!®. Starting in 2010, US Youth Soccer will allocate more resources by adding the US Youth Soccer Recreation Grant Program. US Youth Soccer established this grants program to help recreation programs of US Youth Soccer State Associations and other organization members, in existence at least three years that are in need of assistance to maintain and grow their recreation programs. US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability. Soccer Across America is designed to introduce the sport of soccer to youngsters living in communities not yet served by existing clubs and leagues. Soccer Across America provides soccer training and administrative guidance to players and organizations who might otherwise not be exposed to the sport. Soccer Across America also helps new programs find the funding and equipment to begin and then to expand their activities. In the past several years, US Youth Soccer has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial and material support to programs across the United States. "We believe these US Youth Soccer programs further our mission of fostering the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition," said Jim Cosgrove, executive director of US Youth Soccer. "With the addition of the recreation grants program, we continue looking forward to increasing the opportunities provided to children across the country." For further inquiries regarding these grants or programs, contact US Youth Soccer Membership Services Specialist, Matt Moran. For the 1998 - 2009 grant winner history, please go to TOPSoccer or Soccer Across America. For information about beginning a TOPSoccer or Soccer Across America program in your community, contact the TOPSoccer or Soccer Start Committees. For information about starting a recreation program in your community, please contact your local US Youth Soccer State Association. About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®" is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org. Media Request: When referring to the United States Youth Soccer Association, the largest youth sports organization in the United States, please refer to the association only as US Youth Soccer, and never as USYS or USYSA. We appreciate your cooperation.