Grant Programs

Ken Kendrick Grand Slam Award Grants

Program Grants

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 ( and youth sports leagues (

Since 1998, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has awarded 1,264 program grants totaling more than $5.5 million.

The application for 2023 funding is now closed. Check back in Spring of 2023 for information about the 2024 application period. Please click here for more details.

Mike Kennedy Diamonds Back Field Building Program

Since 2000, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has built or refurbished 43 baseball fields as part of the Mike Kennedy "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.

School Challenge

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 260 schools with grants for an overall monetary commitment of more than $1.2 million since the program launched in 2012.

Applications or 2023 funding will be available August 1 - September 30, 2022.

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.