The USTA/Mid-Atlantic Section (MAS) is committed to promoting and growing a diverse and inclusive tennis community that provides lifetime play opportunities for people of all ages, ability levels, and backgrounds. Whether you are an organization looking to start new or expand existing programs, an aspiring junior tournament player, or a public parks agency whose courts need some TLC, the following information will guide you to the appropriate resources.
Program Grants to Organizations
Junior Tournament Player Expense Grants
Matching Grant for Blended Lines and Youth Court Conversion
Tennis Camp and Conference Scholarships
Coordinator and Team Travel Stipends (Junior Team Tennis, Adult Leagues, Tennis on Campus)
MAS PROGRAM GRANTS TO ORGANIZATIONS
The USTA Mid-Atlantic Section offers grants to help not-for-profit organizations start and grow different types of instructional and play programs. Three types of grants are being offered in 2015: an Opportunity Grant (up to $500, rolling deadline), a Youth and Adult Program Grant (up $5,000), and a Diversity & Inclusion Program Grant (up to $5,000). All require an application submitted online. All grant recipients must submit a grant accountability form no later than December 15, 2015. Failure to do so will affect future funding opportunities.
MAS JUNIOR TOURNAMENT PLAYER EXPENSE GRANTS
Expense reimbursement grants help support the cost of participating in junior competition and are based on financial need. Expenses incurred are associated with tournament participation (e.g., entry fee, player’s airfare/hotel); receipts/documentation of expenses required. MAS offers assistance in two categories:
Jr. High Performance Player Grant – Up to $500 to developing junior tournament players who reside in the Mid-Atlantic Section, compete in Section Super 6 tournaments and/or National Level events, and who can demonstrate financial need. Intended specifically for the high performance player (ranked in the Top 50 within the Section; or Top 150 Nationally).
Diversity & Inclusion Jr. Tournament Player Grant – Up to $500 to emerging junior tournament players residing in the Mid-Atlantic Section, of ethnic or low-income backgrounds or to junior wheelchair tournament players. Intended specifically for players ranked below the Top 100 Nationally, but in the Top 200 in the Section.
MAS FACILITY ASSISTANCE
MAS Matching Funds for Youth Tennis Blended Lines/Court Conversion
To support increased use of the 10 and Under Tennis format for youth programming, USTA National will contribute up to 50% of the total cost of painting blended lines or converting tennis courts (capped at $4,000) at existing facilities. For blended lines projects approved through USTA’s National Facility Assistance Program, the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section will contribute 25% of the total cost.
The national average to paint blended lines on existing tennis courts in good condition is $200 - $400 per 78' tennis court. The national average to convert one 78' tennis court into four permanent 36' tennis courts is $8,000 - $10,000. To be eligible for the 10 and Under Tennis Blended Line & Conversion Grant a facility must be willing to paint blended lines on a minimum of two 78' tennis courts at one site or to convert one 78' tennis court to a bank of permanent 36’ courts.
The first step in applying for assistance with all blended lines and court conversion projects is to complete a USTA National Facility Assistance Form available here.
For more information about technical assistance and additional categories of national funding for court renovation and construction, visit the USTA National Facility Services website.
MAS Fix-a-Court Grant
Provides up to $2,500 to public facilities to help pay for court amenities and support renovation of existing courts to improve player safety and support organized programming. Examples: surface crack repairs, nets/net posts, backboards, windscreens, water fountains, shade areas, lighting. Guidelines and application – coming soon.
MAS SUMMER TENNIS CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS
Tennis camps enhance players’ skills and enjoyment of the game in an energetic and positive learning environment. The USTA/Mid-Atlantic Section Camp Scholarship Program gives dozens of young athletes the unique opportunity to attend a summer camp for one week, free of charge. The Camp Scholarship program is made possible by the USTA/Mid-Atlantic Section and tennis camps that donate camp sessions. Pursuant to NCAA rules, we are prohibited from offering scholarships to camps located on college campuses to players over the age of 13 and/or enrolled in high school in the fall. This includes camps offered by Nike and Adidas. Summer 2015 application period is closed.
Stipends do not follow an open application process, but rather, are awarded directly to tennis organizers and players who meet specific pre-defined criteria and/or achieve milestones established by USTA MAS. Click the links below to inquire about USTA/MAS stipends:
USTA NATIONAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
USTA National offers funding to preserve and improve and tennis court infrastructure; to further programs which use tennis and education to build brighter futures; and, to support students who have excelled in tennis as they pursue a college education. Below are links for more information: