Hennepin Youth Sports Program
Award Decision Timeline - Committee Meeting Date Change
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners will make final award decisions for facility and fall equipment grants at its meeting on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. The Board might take up the subject at the Budget and Capital Investment Committee meeting on Tuesday, December 10. The spring equipment grant cycle with $125,000 in awards available will open in January 2014.
The Hennepin Youth Sports Program makes grants to local government units to improve youth athletic and recreation facilities. State of Minnesota law authorizing the building of Target Field allows Hennepin County to use proceeds from the 0.15% sales tax surcharge to grant over $2 million dollars each year for new or improved sports facilities and equipment. Since 2009, the program has awarded over $11 million to communities throughout Hennepin County.
The Hennepin Youth Sports Program has separate applications for grants for facilities, awards ranging from $10,000 to $325,000, and grants for capital equipment, awards up to $10,000. These grants allow municipalities, park districts and school districts to create, expand or improve athletic or recreational facilities and to purchase equipment. Individual equipment such as balls, bats, gloves, uniforms or protective gear are not eligible for equipment grants.
The Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission (MASC) is contracted to serve as the grant administrator for the Hennepin Youth Sports Program. MASC evaluates the applications and provides recommendations to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. If you have any questions about the program, please contact MASC staff listed at the upper right.
All Awards Are for Reimbursement
All awards are reimbursement to be paid after completion of the facility or purchase of the equipment. Award recipients will submit reimbursement payment paperwork according to processing guidelines provided after the awards are announced. Hennepin County will reimburse the local government unit once this paperwork is processed.
If a facility grant application includes in-kind donations of materials or labor, please list the full retail value of the in-kind donation in both the project budget and the local matching funds sections. In the local matching funds section, note which funds are in-kind donations.
Facilities on Private Land
A local government unit (LGU) - a city, public school district, or park district - may submit an application for a facility that is located on private land on the behalf of a private entity, such as a charter school, private school or other non-profit organization that will operate the facility. The County Board resolution establishing the Hennepin Youth Sports Program grants does not require a project to be owned by a LGU or to be on public property. The resolution does however require that the applicant be a LGU.
Therefore, in cases where a local government unit is awarded a grant for a facility located on private land, the private land owner must agree to a covenant with the LGU that ensures long-term public access to the facility. It is suggested that the private land owner come to a verbal agreement about this covenant before the application is submitted. Details about the covenant can be found in the document below.
The Hennepin County Baseball and Softball Grant Program of the Twins Community Fund provides grants for baseball and softball projects in Hennepin County. The Twins Community Fund has a separate application and award process for their grants. Potential applicants should review the information on the Twins' website.
2014 Grant Information
Three copies of applications should be sent or delivered to the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission at 1700 - 105th Avenue NE, Blaine, Minnesota 55449. The applications must be received at the front desk by 4:00 pm on October 14, 2013.