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HOW TO APPLY

MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation (the "Foundation") is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. It was created to increase participation in and expand access to youth baseball and softball. The Foundation makes grants to organizations in the United States and internationally.

The Foundation accepts applications throughout the year, and grant decisions are made by its Board of Directors on a quarterly basis. Due to the high volume of applications, the Foundation cannot guarantee that all applications will be considered at the first meeting of the Board of Directors after an application is received. If your organization submitted an application, but was denied funding in the past, please wait one year before reapplying.

The Foundation will undertake certain efforts to ensure it is making a good investment to support its charitable purpose, which may include site visits, interviews, analyzing leadership, reviewing financial data, checking references and analyzing past programming results.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are evaluated to determine their effectiveness at increasing participation in and expanding access to youth baseball and softball. The Foundation seeks to fund organizations with the following characteristics:

  • Bold, innovative and creative ideas to increase opportunities for youth (20 and under), in particular youth who are minorities, girls and/or located in underserved communities.
  • Strong sense of mission and ability to accomplish that mission.
  • Related experience and/or a proven track record.
  • Committed leadership and a dedicated staff.
  • Understanding and knowledge of the community and population served.
  • Financial stability for sustainability.
  • Business plan to attract other funders and proven co-funding from other sources.
  • Belief in community development through the games of youth baseball and softball.
  • Use of youth baseball and softball to help underserved youth succeed beyond the field.

What do we support?

The Foundation considers requests for a variety of purposes including funding capital projects (e.g., field renovations), baseball/softball programs, and education initiatives.

  • Capital projects include: building and renovating fields and practice facilities and installing lighting.
  • Baseball/Softball programs include: in-school/after-school baseball/softball programming, equipment and uniforms, umpire fees, player registration fees and practice facility rental fees.
  • Education initiatives include: programs, exhibits and other learning opportunities that use baseball and softball as its primary focus to promote interest and engagement in the game.

What we do not support?

  • The Foundation does not support annual operating expenses including, but not limited to, fundraising costs, salaries, insurance costs, administrative expenses, membership dues, advertising and promotional expenses, bank charges, audit expenses, and other third-party overhead costs.
  • Fields used for sports and activities other than youth baseball and softball.
  • Travel teams, except for those serving low-income players.

If you are interested in applying

If you are interested in applying, download the application. Review the "introduction," "eligibility criteria," "what do we support?" and "what do we not support?" sections of the application form (pages 1-2) and select terms and conditions (pages 8-9). Complete the application with the certification form (page 7) and mail it to:

            MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation
            RE: Grant Application
            245 Park Avenue, 31st Floor
            New York, New York 10167

For any questions, contact YDF@mlb.com or 212.931.7689


The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a grant program under the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint initiative of Major League Baseball & the Major League Baseball Players Association