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Fields for Kids Program

Guidelines

Summary

The Pirates Charities Fields for Kids program provides financial support to improve youth baseball and/or softball facilities via matching grants to nonprofit organizations and local government units that operate baseball and/or softball programs.

Matching Grant Size

$1,000 - $5,000

Matching Grant Parameters

Program logo The Fields for Kids program is open to any independent nonprofit tax-exempt organization, school or local government unit that operates youth baseball and/or softball programs within the Pittsburgh Pirates market area, which primarily encompasses Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and West Virginia.* Any organization operating baseball or softball programs for youth that has secured funds equal to or exceeding the request amount (secured funds can include in-kind contributions of materials or labor) may apply for a grant. Organizations must be governed by active boards and have sufficient revenue to operate their leagues. Organizations receiving grants will be required to prominently display provided signage recognizing Pirates Charities' support.

Check Presentation Photo
Pirates and Pirates Charities President Frank Coonelly and former Pirate Kent Tekulve visited the South Park Girls Softball Association on its Opening Day 2012 to present a Fields for Kids grant of $5,000. (Pirates Photo)

Matching grants between $1,000-$5,000 are available for the renovation or construction of baseball and/or softball fields used primarily by youth.

Eligible projects will include the upgrading of essential field components, such as new sod, infield, fencing, dugouts, and irrigation systems; upgrades to the overall facility to include lights, bleachers, batting cages, scoreboards and concession stands.

The purchase of land, parking lots, press boxes and restrooms are ineligible. Routine maintenance of fields will not qualify. Organizations may apply for one Fields for Kids grant per year. Requests for funding for projects that have already been completed will not be considered.

Renovation/construction projects must be completed within one year from the date of the grant award.

Administration

The Pirates Charities Fields for Kids program is administered by Pirates Charities staff who will review all requests, pay matching grants, work closely with grantee organizations to ensure project completion, and maintain program records.

Application Process

Organizations must complete an application and submit all required documents for consideration. Applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Final grant determinations will be made by Pirates Charities in April, June, and September.

Application due dates for 2014 are as follows:

Application Due Date Grant Determination
March 3, 2014 April 14, 2014
May 2, 2014 June 27, 2014
August 1, 2014 September 26, 2014

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Completed applications should be directed to:

Pirates Charities
c/o Pittsburgh Pirates
PNC Park at North Shore
115 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

*The Pittsburgh Pirates market area includes the following counties:

In Pennsylvania: Allegheny; Armstrong; Beaver; Bedford; Blair; Butler; Cambria; Clarion; Clearfield; Crawford; Elk; Erie; Fayette; Forest; Greene; Huntingdon; Indiana; Jefferson; Lawrence; Mercer; Somerset; Venango; Warren; Washington; Westmoreland.

In West Virginia: Barbour; Brooke; Doddridge; Grant; Hampshire; Hancock; Harrison; Lewis; Marion; Marshall; Mineral; Monongalia; Ohio; Pleasants; Preston; Ritchie; Taylor; Tucker; Tyler; Wetzel.

In Ohio: Ashtabula; Belmont; Carroll; Columbiana; Coshocton; Geauga; Guernsey; Harrison; Holmes; Jefferson; Mahoning; Monroe; Noble; Portage; Stark; Summit; Trumbull; Tuscarawas; Washington; Wayne.

In Maryland: Allegany; Garrett.


Fields for Kids Program Multimedia

-- Click on each image below to view a larger version of the photo or to watch the video --

Riverview VideoVideo of Riverview Sports Complex in Oakmont, PA

Riverview Photos 1Riverview Athletic Association Before & After Photos 1

Riverview Photos 2Riverview Athletic Association Before & After Photos 2

West Sunbury VideoVideo of West Sunbury (PA) Athletic Complex event


2013 Grant Recipients

  • A-C Valley Little League
  • Butler Township Baseball Association
  • Clearfield Creek Athletic Association
  • Deer Lakes Softball Association
  • Delmont Area Athletic Association
  • East Suburban YMCA
  • Eden Christian Academy
  • Elizabeth Township
  • Freeport Area Little League
  • Friends of Collier Parks & Recreation
  • Grant County Little League
  • Greater Johnstown Little League
  • Jefferson Township Youth Organization
  • Lewis County Pee Wee Baseball League
  • Lower Burrell Little League
  • Maxwell Activities Association
  • Mount Pleasant Area Little League
  • North Union Township
  • Oakdale Youth League
  • Oil City High School Baseball
  • Penn Hills YMCA
  • Pine-Richland Baseball Softball Association
  • Pittsburgh Shock
  • Reynoldsville Little League
  • Riverside Baseball Federation
  • Rockwood Area School District
  • Shenango Athletic Association
  • Shinnston Little League
  • Spartan Central Baseball Association
  • Steel Valley Youth Baseball Association
  • Wilkinsburg Baseball Association
  • YMCA of Indiana County
St. Clairsville Youth Baseball
St. Clairsville Jr. Sports complex received a Fields for Kids grant in 2010, and the field opened for play in spring 2011. Pirates chairman Bob Nutting and former pitcher Kent Tekulve attended the grand re-opening, accompanied by the Pirate Parrot. (Pirates Photo)
Plum Baseball and Softball Association
Pirates infielder Josh Harrison and catcher Michael McKenry visited the Plum Baseball and Softball Association on its Opening Day in April, 2012. The association was one of the first round grantees in 2012. (Pirates Photo)