The Match program is designed to bring youth baseball teams from the suburbs and the inner city together in the spirit of diversity, interaction and friendly competition. The program has expanded to include 12 organizations, which will continue to make this one of the most meaningful programs the Reds Community Fund supports.
REDS YOUTH BASEBALL FUNDING
The Reds Youth Baseball Funding program enters its fourteenth year in 2018. This initiative is a funding mechanism for underserved youth baseball and softball organizations. The program is inspired by local inner-city coaches who help keep baseball and softball vibrant in urban neighborhoods while striving to be positive role models.
The Reds Community Fund began this initiative in 2005 by funding five Knothole baseball organizations. In 2017 the Reds Community Fund expanded the program to reach more than 60 organizations while financially assisting more than 800 teams.
In order to qualify for funding, organizations must submit a grant application and receive a formal invitation to participate. In order to remain eligible for the program, each organization must complete a minimum of three community-based activities. Grant dollars can be used by the teams to assist with uniforms and equipment expenses, along with field fees, league fees and trophies.
As part of its baseball-themed outreach, the Reds Community Fund offers field renovation and youth baseball funding grants. In order to be eligible, your organization must meet the following criteria:
- Operate in "Reds Country" (Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana)
- Serve the community by affording youth the opportunity to play baseball or softball
- Must be able to show proof of financial need
The Reds Community Fund grant cycle adheres to the following timeline:
- Youth baseball funding applications are due by December 1, 2017 with decisions communicated by December 15, 2017
All applications will be reviewed at the end of the grant cycle. At that time, your organization will be notified of your initial status. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If your application is approved for further evaluation, you will be contacted by a Reds Community Fund representative to schedule an informational meeting. Applications that are received late will not be accepted. Each organization must apply every year to be considered for assistance.
For more information, please contact Gabrielle Pape at (513) 765-5001 or email@example.com.
This year's "match" partners include:
- Anderson Township LL
- Cincinnati Diamonds
- Covedale Athletics
- Forest Park
- Harrison Junior Baseball
- Lockland Knothole
- Loveland Youth Baseball Organization
- Madisonville Braves
- Norwood Knothole
- Six Men Tigers
- West End Reds
- Wyoming Knothole
Each Match organization will participate in a home-and-home series, in which teams blend, play and host a cookout to mingle with their families. The program culminates in a field trip to Great American Ball Park in June.
For more information on the "Match" program, contact Gabrielle Pape at (513) 765-5001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.