The Pirates Charities Fields for Kids program provides financial support to improve youth baseball and/or softball facilities via matching grants to nonprofit organizations and local government units that operate baseball and/or softball programs.
Since the Fields for Kids program's inception in 2009, 364 individual grants have been distributed in the greater Pittsburgh region, in addition to 46 grants in the Pirates Spring Training Home of Bradenton, Florida since the program began there in 2011.
MATCHING GRANT PARAMETERS
The Fields for Kids program is open to any independent nonprofit tax-exempt organization, school or local government unit that operates youth baseball and/or softball programs within the Pittsburgh Pirates market area, which primarily encompasses Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and West Virginia.* Any organization operating baseball or softball programs for youth that has secured funds equal to or exceeding the request amount (secured funds can include in-kind contributions of materials or labor) may apply for a grant.
Organizations must be governed by active boards and have sufficient revenue to operate their leagues. Organizations receiving grants will be required to prominently display provided signage recognizing Pirates Charities' support. Organizations are limited to one Fields for Kids grant every other year (may not receive grants in consecutive years).
Grant applications will be accepted during two grant periods per calendar year. For each grant period, Pirates Charities accepts applications for grants in two categories:
Grant requests - may be between $1,000 and $15,000, dependent upon available matching funds or in-kind support.
Signature Grant requests - one Signature Grant of $25,000 will be awarded during each grant period.
Eligible projects include the upgrading of essential field components, such as new sod, infield, fencing, dugouts, and irrigation systems; upgrades to the overall facility to include lights, bleachers, batting cages, scoreboards and concession stands. The purchase of land, parking lots, press boxes and restrooms are ineligible. Routine maintenance of fields will not qualify.
Funding requests for projects that have already been completed will not be considered. Projects must be completed within one year from the date of the grant award. Organizations cannot receive grants in consecutive years. Organizations that have received a grant in the past must have returned a final grant report demonstrating project completion.
*The Pittsburgh Pirates market area includes the following counties:
In Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, McKean, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland.
In West Virginia: Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Martin, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood, Wyoming
In Ohio: Ashtabula, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Geauga, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Mahoning, Monroe, Noble, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Washington, Wayne.
In Maryland: Allegany, Garrett.
The Pirates Charities Fields for Kids program is administered by Pirates Charities staff who will review all requests, pay matching grants, work closely with grantee organizations to ensure project completion, and maintain program records.
Organizations must complete an application and submit all required documents for consideration. Applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year.
Application due dates and grant determinations for the 2020 Pirates Charities Fields for Kids program are as follows:
- Application Due Date: March 20, 2020
- Grant Determination: April 6, 2020
- Application Due Date: June 12, 2020
- Grant Determination: June 29, 2020
Completed applications should be directed to:
c/o Pittsburgh Pirates
PNC Park at North Shore
115 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
2019 GRANT RECIPIENTS
- Ambridge Baseball Association
- Avonworth Athletic Association
- Bentworth Youth Baseball
- Berlin-Brothersvalley School District
- Blackhawk Area Youth Baseball Association
- Borough of South Greensburg
- City of Pittsburgh: Arlington Heights, Devlin Field
- City of Pittsburgh: Stanton Heights, Dinan Field
- Clarion Little League
- Communities, Inc.
- Cranberry Chaos Fastpitch
- Davis Parks & Recreation Commission, Inc.
- Ebensburg Youth Baseball League
- Elizabeth Forward Youth Athletics
- General McLane High School Baseball Boosters
- Greater Baldwin-Whitehall Athletic Association
- Green Tree Athletic Association
- Hermitage Little League
- Hite-Saunders Little League
- Hundred High School
- Karns City United Athletic Association
- Moundsville Baseball Association, Inc.
- North Clarion County School District
- Norwin Community Athletic Association / Norwin Little League
- Oil City Area School District
- Penn Cambria Softball Boosters + High School
- Pine Richland School District
- Police Athletic League of North Huntingdon (PAL)
- Riverside Girls Athletic Association
- Rockwood Area High School Baseball
- Salem Little League
- Shaler Area Little League
- Southwest Greensburg Recreation
- St. Clairsville Jr. Sports Inc.
- Titusville Recreational Softball
- Westmont Hilltop School District
- YMCA of Indiana County
- Youth Baseball Association of Harrison County