Fields for Kids Program

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.

Matching Grant Size: $1,000 - $25,000

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.

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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 will award a select number of grants in each of the following ranges:

  • $10,001 - $25,000 (1 per grant period)
  • $5,001 - $10,000 (5 per grant period)
  • $1,001 - $5,000 (15 per 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.

Organizations may apply for one Fields for Kids grant per year. 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.

Administration

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.

Application Process

Organizations must complete an application and submit all required documents for consideration. Applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year.

All grant determinations for the 2017 Fields for Kids program have been made. Application due dates for 2018 will be released in January.

Fields for Kids Matching Grant Application (PDF)

Completed applications should be directed to:

Pirates Charities
c/o Pittsburgh Pirates
PNC Park at North Shore
115 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

*The Pittsburgh Pirates market area includes the following counties:

In Pennsylvania: Allegheny; Armstrong; Beaver; Bedford; Blair; Butler; Cambria; Clarion; Clearfield; Crawford; Elk; Erie; Fayette; Forest; Greene; Huntingdon; Indiana; Jefferson; Lawrence; Mercer; Somerset; Venango; Warren; Washington; Westmoreland.

In West Virginia: Barbour; Brooke; Doddridge; Grant; Hampshire; Hancock; Harrison; Lewis; Marion; Marshall; Mineral; Monongalia; Ohio; Pleasants; Preston; Ritchie; Taylor; Tucker; Tyler; Wetzel.

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.

2017 Grant Recipients
  • AC Valley Little League
  • Ambridge Bridger Baseball Association
  • Blackhawk Area Youth Baseball Association
  • Borough of Etna
  • Brookline Little League Association
  • Butler Township Baseball Association
  • Clay County Little League
  • Connellsville Pony & Colt League
  • Cumberland, Maryland Mayor and City Council
  • Greater Baldwin Whitehall Athletic Association
  • Huskies Sports Foundation
  • Ingomar Franklin Park Athletic Association
  • Jefferson Township Youth Organization
  • Ligonier Youth Baseball and Softball Association
  • Mainline Baseball
  • Masontown German Park Youth Baseball & Softball Association
  • Mon Valley Alliance
  • Powhatan River Bandits Baseball
  • Riverside Baseball Federation
  • West Newton Recreation Board