Grant Guidelines

Foundation Focus

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Thank you for your interest in the LIDS Foundation. It is our mission to recognize that today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. With a mission to support young people in our communities, the Foundation works to engage them in sports-related activities. These activities promote active and healthy lifestyles as well as leadership and growth opportunities. The LIDS Foundation turns this belief into action primarily through offering resources, be it in the manner of time, expertise, funds, or materials, to non-profit organizations whose goals and values align with those of the LIDS Foundation.

The LIDS Foundation focuses on providing support to organizations who promote active and healthy lifestyles as well as leadership and growth opportunities.

  • Youth athletic programs – Community-based programs addressing active lifestyle and team building skills for local youth
  • Organizations that are committed to encouraging children to engage children in activities which will benefit their health, both physically and mentally

Due to the number of requests received, the LIDS Foundation is unable to accommodate every request. We have committed to being very discerning in partnering with organizations that support the activities and beliefs we have established in our mission statement. The LIDS Foundation respectfully requests that you only submit an application if your organization is aligned with our guidelines.

This application is for grant purposes ONLY. Please do not fill out for donation requests such as product, sponsorships, or gift cards.

Grant Guidelines

The foundation may provide financial support for the following purposes:

  • Programs and projects – The foundation may support the direct costs of youth programming for requests in their areas of interest
  • Scholarships – The foundation may provide full or partial scholarship funding for camps or youth athletic programs

The foundation is particularly interested in:

  • Organizations providing opportunities for participation for children and young adults age 18 and under
  • Organizations that provide opportunity or service directly to young people
  • The potential impact of the program/project and the number of people who will benefit
  • The organization’s fiscal responsibility and management qualifications
  • The ability of an organization to maintain a funded program after it has been established.

***Organizations with volunteer opportunities.

The LIDS Foundation will not make grants to:

  • Organizations not currently exempt from federal taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or created for eligible public purposes, such as public and private schools and state-funded universities and colleges
  • Lobbying, political, sectarian, or religious programs
  • Organizations that unlawfully discriminate as to race, religion, income, gender, disability or national origin
  • Foundations affiliated with a for-profit entity
  • Deficit reduction
  • Endowments, trust funds, or fellowships
  • Fees for participation in competitive programs
  • Individuals
  • Veteran, fraternal, or labor organizations serving only their members
  • Trips and tours, conferences and seminars, or conventions
  • Advertising, film, or video projects
  • Reducing the cost of utility service (prohibited by law)
  • Membership fees or association fees, either personal or corporate
  • Public policy research/advocacy
  • Seed money/start-up costs
  • Donations such as product, sponsorships, or gift cards

Please be specific on what amount/type of grant you are looking for. This grant application is geared towards requested amounts of $1,000 to $5,000.



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