The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation is honored to distribute funds to our community non-profit organizations through our Community Grants and Ken Kendrick Grand Slam Awards programs. To date, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has awarded more than 1,300 grants totaling over $12 million since 1998 as part of it's charitable grant program.
The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Community Grants and Ken Kendrick Grand Slam Awards application process is conducted on a yearly basis. Any 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Arizona is welcome to apply. The grants are reviewed by a committee of employees, the D-backs Foundation Executive Council, and season ticket holders who score the grants and make a recommendation to the D-backs Foundation Board of Directors. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Board of Directors, a 13-member voting board consisting of Arizona Diamondbacks and Maricopa County appointees, is responsible for annually approving all grant applications. Final determinations are announced each Fall.
Ken Kendrick Grand Slam Award Grants
Founded in 2002 and renamed in 2016 in honor of D-backs General Managing Partner Ken Kendrick, the Ken Kendrick Grand Slam Awards were created to make a larger impact on community organizations by providing grants in the amount of $25,000-$100,000. Overall, 90 Ken Kendrick Grand Slam Awards totaling over $7.3 million have been distributed since 2002.
Congratulations to our 2019 recipients of the Ken Kendrick Grand Slam Awards: Assistance League of Phoenix, Flagstaff Shelter Services, Foundation for Blind Children, GiGi's Playhouse Phoenix, Homeward Bound, Matthew's Crossing, Native American Connections, Neighborhood Ministries and Valley of the Sun YMCA.
The grant cycle for 2020 funding will be open October 15 - November 22. Please click here for more details and to start your application.
In addition to the Ken Kendrick Grand Slam Awards, Program Grants are given statewide to non-profit organizations in the amounts of $1,000 to $5,000. Program Grants are distributed for programmatic expenses that directly impact the clients served by the organization. All 501(c)3 non-profit organizations in Arizona are welcome to apply for funding, however funding must be for serving the people of Arizona. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has separate grant programs available for schools (dbacks.com/schoolchallenge) and youth sports leagues (dbacks.com/playball).
Since 1998, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has awarded 1,264 program grants totaling more than $5.5 million since 1998.
The application for 2020 funding will be open May 15-July25. Please click here for more details and to start your application. Please click here for more details and to start your application.
Diamonds Back Field Building Program
Since 2000, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has built or refurbished 41 baseball fields as part of the "Diamonds Back" Youth Field Building Program. The fields are built through the aid of corporate sponsor APS, local businesses, funds from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and monetary donations from individual players. Fields are dedicated in D-backs players' names and generally feature new lights, an electronic scoreboard, new fencing and backstops, new irrigation and new dirtwork and/or grass. The locations of the fields are determined through a grant process.
In 2012, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation partnered with the University of Phoenix to launch the D-backs School Challenge, a statewide grant program that challenged public, private and charter schools to "make their best pitch" for a $5,000 grant. The charitable grants have helped schools from across the state with innovative programs such as vocational activities for special education students, digital sculpting for animation art classes, community gardens, after school fitness classes and much more. Through the School Challenge program, the D-backs have provided more than 200 schools with grants for an overall monetary commitment of more than $950,000 since the program launched in 2012.
Play Ball Fund
The D-backs Give Back PLAY BALL fund supported by Chase supports the outstanding efforts of Arizona's dedicated coaches and mentors to expand the game of baseball and softball and inspire Arizona's kids to PLAY BALL. Each month during the Major League Baseball season, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation together with Chase will award up to ten $1,000 grants to Arizona based youth sports teams. Any Arizona youth team, league or organization can apply for funds to support player equipment, training for youth players or coaches, assistance with fees and expenses or facility improvements.