Youth & Amateur Sports

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4th Priority = Youth & Amateur Sports

2018 BIENNIAL GRANT APPLICATION Download

BIENNIAL GRANT WORKSHOPS AND LOCATIONS

The purpose of the AZSTA workshops is to receive individualized answers to your grant related questions and to receive information related to the Authority’s grant program. While the workshops are not mandatory, they are very helpful to organizations wishing to apply.

NOTE... NEW DATE FOR WORKSHOP AT UOP STADIUM

Please do not call these locations for information. 
Please respond to Robin Lea-Amos at robin@az-sta.com with your intent to attend


NOTE NEW DATE.... Monday April 10th - Glendale, AZ
9:30 AM

University of Phoenix Stadium, Club Level
1 Cardinals Drive
Glendale, AZ 85305

Thursday, April 13th - City of Goodyear
9:00 AM

City Administration Building -117-Main-
190 North Litchfield Road
Goodyear, AZ 85338

Tuesday, April 18th - Girl Scouts
9:30 AM

119 E Coronado Road 
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Thursday, April 20th  - Mesa Parks & Recreation
11:00 AM

200 S. Center St., Building 1
Mesa, AZ 85210

OVERVIEW OF AZSTA GRANT PROGRAMS

To receive updates regarding the grant programs, please email robin@az-sta.com


How does the Authority fund youth and amateur sports?

The statute governing the Tourism and Sports Authority requires that the revenues received from tourism taxes be used to fund five separate accounts, each one to be fully funded in succession before the next.

Since 2000, The Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority has awarded 111 Grants totaling $14.5 Million to organizations that promote youth and amateur sports and recreation within Maricopa County.

Youth & Amateur Sports Grants Goals and Objectives
To identify, solicit, develop and allocate funding for youth and amateur sports projects within Maricopa County which will service a wide variety of sporting and physical activity experiences.

To participate in and encourage partnerships which benefit youth and amateur sports and physical activity.

To ensure that funds provided by AZSTA are allocated in a responsible and effective manner and in compliance with the enabling legislation.

BIENNIAL GRANT OVERVIEW

2018 BIENNIAL GRANT TIMELINE

Biennial Grants are awarded on a biennial (every two years) basis.
*The 2018 Biennial Grant cycle will open in the spring of 2017
*Applications will be available in April 2017
*Grant Assistance Workshops will be held in April of 2017
*Grants will be awarded in late summer of 2017
The Authority reserves the right to modify this timetable and will post updates on its website.

Who may apply?

Applicants must be a Maricopa County agency, municipality, school district or any other incorporated public entity, (including any combination of the forgoing) or a 501(c) (3) or (c) (4) non-profit organization, which has been in operation for no less than one calendar year. Proposed projects must be within Maricopa County.

When can a project start to be eligible for funding?

If an applicant is awarded a grant from AZSTA, their project can not have started before a grant award is given and a Project Funding Agreement has been completed.

When must a project be completed if a Grant is awarded?

The project, as approved, should be completed within twelve months of the execution of the Funding Agreement between the Applicant and the Authority.

What types of funding are not awarded?

Grants will not be awarded for requests for: fixed overhead/administrative expenses (e.g. salaries, rent, utilities, etc.), loans or endowments, conferences, individuals, golf tournaments or benefit tables, travel expenses outside of Maricopa County, capital campaigns, funding to maintain the sustainability of an organization or program, or anything else deemed as not serving the youth and amateur sports community within Maricopa County. Funding for such programs will not be considered nor awarded.

How are Biennial Grant applications evaluated?

Applications are initially evaluated by AZSTA staff. Once evaluations are complete, recommendations are first presented to AZSTA’s YAS Committee and then presented to the AZSTA Board of Directors for final consideration and approval.  AZSTA will consider all requests that are proposed, consistent with the requirements established by law and the established guidelines and criteria of the Biennial Grant Program. The Board will make its decision to award grants based upon the YAS Committee’s recommendations and other relevant factors pertaining to the interest of the public.

How much of any project can the Authority fund?

Arizona Revised Statute requires that the Authority fund no more than two-thirds of any one project. To reconcile the Authority’s limited resources with the large demand for projects, creative partnering and fundraising are needed to provide the most impact on the youth and amateur sports scene.

QUICK GRANTS AND PROGRAM GRANTS OVERVIEW

FY2017 Quick and Program Grants will be available July 1, 2016

The Authority’s Quick Grant and Program Grant funding applications are accepted on a year-round basis. The Authority sets aside 5% of its annual YAS funding per A.R.S. for the Quick Grants Program.

Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis providing that the program’s criteria are met.

Grants are based on a completed Application and project budget template and the stated need to serve youth and amateur sports. The sustainability of program, demonstration of financial need and the benefit to a local community will be factors considered in awarding Quick and Program Grants.

Quick and Program Grants are limited to a maximum of two thirds of the project - up to a total of $5,000 from AZSTA.

Applicants are limited to one Quick or Program Grant during any twelve-month period.

Factors considered in awarding Grants will include but are not limited to;
• Statement of need
• Demonstration of financial need
• Sustainability of program
• Benefit to a local school
• Benefit to the local community

Applicants must be a Maricopa County agency, municipality, school district or any other incorporated public entity, (including any combination of the forgoing) or a 501(c) (3) or (c) (4) non-profit organization, which has been in operation for no less than one calendar year. Proposed projects must be within Maricopa County.