Grants for artificial turf field installation and resurfacing for schools and communities

Grants for artificial turf field installation and resurfacing for schools and communities

Let me guess… you are planning to install a new artificial turf field or want to resurface an existing one? If yes, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will try to make your life just a little bit easier by presenting you with grant and funding opportunities for turf field surfacing projects.

Turf field surfacing grant programs are offered by organizations in the public and private sectors. The availability of grant programs varies greatly across states. In some states, there are more funding programs offered by the state government, whereas, in other states funding for surfacing projects can be accessed only via private businesses and organizations. 

Pro tip: Before you start applying for grants, get a cost estimate for your turf field project. Oftentimes grant programs want to know the estimated cost of your project and may require that the applicant has secured funding up to a certain percentage of total costs. The easiest way to calculate the costs of your surfacing project is to use our artificial turf field cost calculator. Give it a try! 

Society for Nonprofits

Society for Nonprofits is a leading resource for nonprofit professionals and has been helping nonprofit leaders increase their knowledge and grow the capacity of their organizations for more than 30 years. The website hosts the Funding Alert database where non-profit leaders can find grant and funding opportunities from over 20 different categories. 

When doing a quick search on the website and using the search filter “Sports” one can find a long list of sports-related grant opportunities. We browsed through the list with the intention to find grants for synthetic turf field construction, resurfacing, or maintenance. 

A couple of grant opportunities caught our attention: 


Local Initiatives Support Corporation

The Corporation has partnered with the NFL Foundation on the sports organization’s Grassroots Program:

  • Field Surface Grants (grants of up to $250,000) are dedicated to installing & resurfacing school and community synthetic turf fields
  • Non-profits can also apply for the General Field Support Grants (up to $50,000) that are designed to help cover the costs of the installation & refurbishment of things around the playing field, such as bleachers, stands, irrigation, and lighting systems. 
  • There are also a limited number of grants of up to $100.000 that are dedicated to funding the resurfacing of a community or school football field with natural grass or a sod surface. 
  • Applicants must be community-based non-profit organizations or middle or high schools. Organizations must be located within an NFL target market and serve low-to-moderate-income areas. 
  • Find out more on their website
Bill Belichick Foundation

Provides coaching, mentorship, and financial assistance to individuals, communities, and organizations with a focus on the sports of football and lacrosse. Applicants must be an educational institution or qualifying sports organization; have been in existence for two years or more and illustrate the need for funding or plans for growth.

Read more on the website.


Funding Alerts

We recommend highly keeping a close eye on the Funding Alert database for new opportunities. Read more about the service on their website:

We have also written a full article about artificial turf field financing which you can read here: 12 tips for financing your artificial turf field


NFL Foundation Grassroots Grant Program

The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program provides non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations with funding and technical assistance for the installation and rehabilitation of football fields. 

Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation

Youth field program that supports youth development in the state of Arizona

Royals Charities – Royalty Fields Program

Royals Charities provides funding in the form of grants to improve or upgrade existing baseball or softball facilities

  • The grant program is open to non-profit organizations and local government entities with youth baseball or softball programs
  • Eligible states: Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Arkansas
  • Funds may be used for new sod, infields, fencing, and dugouts
  • The average grant amount is $5,000 – $10,000 (applicant must have secured a certain amount of funding)
  • More information:

Get a cost estimate for budgeting

If you are in the financial planning & budgeting phase of your project, you need to get a clear understanding of the total project cost and how it is comprised at an early stage. 

This will not only help you when applying for funding, but also it will reduce the risk of the project cost estimate changing at a later stage because you forgot a detail or a cost item in the budgeting phase. 

You can also use the cost breakdown when comparing quotes from potential turf field surfacing contractors. 

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