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The Heart of Twins Territory

Twins Fields for Kids Program

Program Guidelines

Program Summary
The Twins Community Fund's Twins Fields for Kids program provides financial support to improve baseball and/or softball facilities for youth in the Upper Midwest and Southwest Florida. The program makes matching grants to non-profit organizations and local government units that operate baseball and/or softball programs.

The Twins Community Fund and its grant programs are supported in part by Target, US Bank, Best Buy, Treasure Island, and Delta.

Since its inception in 1999, the program has granted more than $3 million to improve nearly 600 Upper Midwest and Southwest Florida ball fields.

Administration
The Twins Fields for Kids program will be administered by the Minnesota Twins Community Fund staff who review all requests, pay matching grants, work closely with grantee organizations to ensure completion of the projects and maintain program records.

Matching Grant Size/Purpose
$1,000 to $10,000. Matching grants up to $10,000 are available for the renovation or construction of baseball and/or softball fields used primarily by youth. Eligible renovation projects include the upgrading of essential field components, such as new sod, infield, fencing and dugouts. Non-essential items, such as lights, bleachers, grandstands, restrooms, batting cages and scoreboards, do not qualify for support. Routine maintenance of fields does not qualify. Communities that have not received a Twins Fields for Kids grant receive higher priority.

Since its inception in 1999, the program has granted more than $1.3 million to improve 372  Upper Midwest, Southwest Florida, and Latin American ball fields.
A before and after image of a field renovated with
the help of a grant provided by Fields for Kids.
Eligibility

The program is open to any independent Upper Midwest or Southwest Florida 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, school or local government unit that operates youth baseball and/or softball programs.

Any organization operating baseball or softball programs for youth that has secured funds equal to or exceeding the amount of the requested matching grant funds (can include in-kind contributions of materials or labor) may apply for a grant.

Organizations must also be governed by active boards and have sufficient revenue to operate their leagues.

Application Process/Schedule
Organizations must complete an application and submit other required documents. Applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until all funds are distributed. Final grant determinations will be made by the Minnesota Twins Community Fund Board of Directors in April, June, and September. Application due dates are as follows:

Application Due DateGrant Determination/Notification
March 14, 2014April 30,2014
May 23, 2014June 30, 2014
August 18, 2014September 30, 2014

If you have any questions about the Fields for Kids program, please contact Stephanie Johnson at 612-659-3505 or stephaniejohnson@twinsbaseball.com>.