Today the USTA Florida Section Foundation opens its first grant cycle for 2019. The three-month grant window runs from Feb. 1-April 30.

The foundation grants offer funding for youth tennis programs, adaptive tennis programs for those with special needs, community tennis programs in economically-challenged areas, along with facility assistance in the renovation, refurbishment, and building of quality public tennis facilities.

“In 2018 the foundation disbursed $47,010 to 17 successful grant applicants in the first of two grant cycles, or approximately 63 percent of the $75,000 budgeted for the year,” said USTA Florida Section Foundation President Donn Davis. “The annual budget for grant awards was increased slightly in 2019 so the staff and grant review team are looking forward to reviewing some great projects this year.”

Grant requests assist the foundation with its mission of “Changing Lives Through Tennis.”

Tennis fans can also support the foundation by purchasing special tickets to attend the Miami Open, or donating to support tennis clubs damaged by Hurricane Michael, or participating in a series of 5K races and tennis “Club Challenges.”

Fans can also take advantage of $25 off the cost of a new “Play Tennis!” license plate purchase, which contributes towards equipment and program support grant opportunities for under-resourced programs throughout the state. Also sign-up for RoundUp, where 100 percent of the change received from rounding-up your purchases goes straight back into the communities needing it the most through grant award opportunities.

To apply for grants or for more information click here.