USAPA Community Grant Program
USAPA’s Community Grant Program will provide current USAPA members a maximum of $250 reimbursement for the purchase of qualified pickleball equipment dedicated to a specific start-up location.
- You must be a current USAPA member 18 years of age or older. If you are not a USAPA member, CLICK HERE.
- Your designated location must be listed in “Places 2 Play” at the time the grant application is submitted.
- You are limited to one grant per location (lifetime).
- Federal and state agencies and private residences are not eligible.
- You must agree to the terms and conditions set forth in the USAPA Community Grant Program. See Terms and Conditions below.
List of qualified pickleball equipment eligible for reimbursement:
- Portable USAPA pickleball net(s) purchased from USAPA
- Maximum one dozen (12) pickleballs
- Markers for court lines (painter’s tape, chalk, etc. or equivalent products; this line item may not exceed $75)
- One (1) USAPA/IFP rulebook
- One (1) Pickleball Fundamentals (instructional book by USAPA with Mary Littlewood; Year 2015)
- Up to 3 Ball Holders (pole mounted or other approved safety product)
Special consideration will be given to locations with:
- Written “new player” training programs
- Areas with few pickleball locations in the vicinity
- Individuals and groups that USAPA deems most in need of financial assistance
- Veterans Programs
Grant Administrative Details:
- Grants will generally be reviewed for approval on a first-come first-served basis until the Grant funding for the current calendar year is exhausted.
- The maximum reimbursement to any person or group is $250.
- Grant reimbursements will only be valid for 90 days from the date of the award letter.
- Other Frequently Asked Questions are listed below.
BONUS Wood Paddle Program: Approved grant applicants may choose to participate in the wood paddle donation program made available by a net distributor as a courtesy to the USAPA. The request can be made at the time of application. Applicants are given a choice of 1) A MAXIMUM of 4 WOOD PADDLES and 2 BALLS or 2) a TOTAL of 8 WOOD PADDLES. Please do NOT rely on this donor program for your startup as the USAPA has no control of the shipment or whether the wood paddles become unavailable.
By accepting a USAPA Community Grant, you agree to the terms and conditions set forth below.
- Grant approvals are made on reimbursement basis only. Within ninety (90) days following grant approval, you must send a copy of your receipt(s) and the award letter to the USAPA Finance Department for your grant to become valid and effective. The receipt(s) should clearly show the person or organization that paid for the equipment, product(s) purchased, the cost of each product and total amount. The grant number must be clearly identified when submitting receipts for reimbursement. Please identify the mailing address for the reimbursement check if different than the grant approval letter. Note: Portable USAPA nets must be purchased from USAPA to be reimbursable.
- The equipment you purchase with grant funds is to be used solely for the project as described in your Grant Application.
- Your pickleball program must adhere to all USAPA rules and standards.
- You agree, as grant awardee, to update the Official USAPA Places 2 Play grant location listing a minimum of every six months. The grant location will be audited in one year and a notice will be sent if not compliant with a “CC” to the local USAPA Regional Director.
- You agree that you will encourage all players in your pickleball program to become USAPA members.
- By accepting this grant, you agree that USAPA and its authorized vendors and contractors may use photographs, logos, published/printed information, and any other materials you supply us, without further notice, in our press releases, electronic or printed publications, or for any other purpose that falls within USAPA’s mission of promoting the growth and development of pickleball.
- The decisions of the USAPA on matters involving the Community Grant Program are final, binding and not appealable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are the grants only available for new locations? The USAPA Community Grant program is designed to help members establish new pickleball playing locations. Our limited funds do not allow us to support existing sites. Once established, groups have to depend on their members or organization to finance growth through donations, dues, fees, etc.
How can I list my new location on the USAPA Places 2 Play website when I do not have a net? You must list the new location with the anticipated start date and startup details. If your new program is dependent on grant approval, please include in your listing’s Comment section: “USAPA Grant applied for—we hope to start offering pickleball at this location soon.” USAPA cannot issue an award for any location not listed on Places 2 Play.
How do I add the new site to USAPA’s Places 2 Play listing? See the Places 2 Play Help Guide.
Can I submit receipts for equipment purchased prior to the grant being awarded? USAPA will honor receipts for reimbursement of equipment purchased up to 90 days prior to the grant being approved. Be aware that not every grant application is approved and only nets purchased through the USAPA are reimbursable.
Why is the Community Grant program limited to the United States? Due to budget constraints, the USAPA board decided that available funds could be more effectively used in the United States.
Aside from the Bonus Wood Paddle Program, why are paddles NOT on the qualified equipment list? Paddles are not allowable primarily because of their relatively high cost. Paddles are typically a personal choice and most players will purchase their paddles based on a variety of characteristics. We recommend that you solicit donations from local sources or from fundraising activities to buy paddles.
When will I receive the wood paddles? The net distributor donates the wood paddles as a goodwill gesture to USAPA. The donated wood paddles usually take two or three weeks for delivery. Sometimes the shipments are delayed due to wood paddle unavailability. Because USAPA does not directly participate in the paddle donation process, it cannot expedite the shipments. Please do NOT rely on this wood paddle donor program for your startup.
Are public and private schools eligible for a Community Grant? All schools and universities are eligible, including county and city government agencies, housing developments and private for-profit organizations.
What is the reason for awarding grants on a first-come-first served system? The faster the available grant funds are transferred to eligible member applicants, the more benefit the community receives and the sooner it can begin its pickleball program.
Can I make a tax deductible donation specifically to the USAPA Community Grant Program? Yes. Donations to the USAPA may be earmarked for the Community Grant Program and qualify as a contribution to a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation to the extent allowed by law.
The USAPA grant committee is proud to share the ongoing results of grant programs and highlight the contributions of our grant corporate sponsors. The grant programs continue to facilitate the advancement and growth of pickleball in our local communities. The grant reimbursement program allows communities and high schools to invest in the sport of pickleball. USAPA members, through membership activities and events, pick up the cost of the new location’s first net and startup equipment. Click here for the Grant Impact page.