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Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program 2020 Grant Application

Scotts and MLB have a long history of giving back to local communities, teaming up to provide youth with modern, playable baseball and softball fields under the Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program. The Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program is part of the company's larger Gro More Good initiative to improve children's health and well-being through increased connection to greenspaces. This program focuses on improving fields of play and encouraging youth to get outside, get active and provides them with an opportunity to develop skills that will last a lifetime.

In 2020, the Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program will provide grants of products and services, with a value up to $50,000, to four youth-serving organizations that are in need of renovations to existing ballfields. In addition to the grant, Scotts will host special field unveiling events for the winning communities with appearances from Ryan Howard or Jennie Finch. Applications will be accepted from Dec. 10, 2019 - Jan. 31, 2020, with project work to take place in the Spring of 2020. A blue ribbon panel of judges - including Howard, Finch, leadership from Scotts & MLB - will determine the final grantees.

Program Background

The Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program is a major diamond and green space renovation initiative that has provided 24 youth-focused baseball and softball fields across the country with significant upgrades. Scotts, the Official Lawn Care Company of Major League Baseball, enters its fifth season as an official partner of the "PLAY BALL" initiative. Together, MLB and Scotts are encouraging youth and communities to get outside and enjoy activities, like baseball and softball.

Grant Award Packages

Each refurbishment will include one (1) infield makeover that incorporates a new infield with sod and infield dirt. Other enhancements may include:

  • New pitcher's mound
  • New home plate and batter's boxes
  • New bases and anchors
  • New fencing and/or backstop
  • New scoreboard

PAST RECIPIENTS

Austin Community Park, Indiana
Austin Park Board & City of Austin
Improvements included a newly sodded infield, new fencing surrounding the entire field, and a modern scoreboard.
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Ray Elementary School, Chicago
Friends of Ray School PTO
Improvements included a newly sodded infield, infield clay, new pitchers mound, new home plate and bases.
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North Snohomish Little League Complex, Washington
North Snohomish Little League
Improvements included a newly sodded infield and renewed field layout to accommodate multiple age groups.
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DREAM Field of Dreams, New York
DREAM (Harlem RBI)
This renovation supplied necessary and significant infrastructure repairs to the infield which allowed greater use of the field.
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Kendall Club Unit - Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, Florida
Field work included conditioning, grading and leveling of the infield, and replacing the outfield sod. Improvements included enhancements to the dugouts, the installation of a scoreboard and windscreen.
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CRITERIA AND REQUIREMENTS

Grant applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • The ability of the grant to increase youth participation and improve the quality of youth baseball and softball programming
  • The ability of the grant to enhance the lives of underserved children
  • The ability of the grant to improve the local community
  • The organization's ability to leverage the grant to generate more support for the field and programming

Application Requirements:

Online application submission

  • The following documents must be sent to [email protected] **no later than January 31, 2020 (11:59 p.m. ET)**, and will become part of the application packet.
    • Written confirmation of nonprofit or tax-exempt status from the appropriate governmental agency (e.g., IRS determination letter). Note that 501(c)(3) organizations and also tax-exempt organizations (i.e. municipalities, school districts) are eligible to apply.
    • List and description of key partnerships
    • A copy of your organization's previous fiscal year's organizational budget

Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program grant applications must follow the above format and include all specified information in the designated order. Incomplete applications will not be eligible for consideration. Applicants will be notified by e-mail as to the status of their proposal.

2020 Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program Calendar:

December 10, 2019 - January 31, 2020: Applications Accepted
February 1 - March 31, 2020: Grant Decisions
April 1, 2020: Grant Awards Announcement
May - August 2020: Project Implementation