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FIELDS FOR KIDS

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.

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).

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.

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.

*The Pittsburgh Pirates market area includes the following counties:

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

In West Virginia: Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Martin, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood, Wyoming

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.

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

More details about the 2021 Fields for Kids program will be announced in the near future.

Questions? Please reach out to fieldsforkids@pirates.com.

2020 GRANT RECIPIENTS

  • Boardman Community Baseball
  • Deer Lakes Baseball Association
  • East Liverpool Area Youth Baseball League
  • Kingwood Baseball and Softball League
  • Knox Area baseball Softball
  • Mercer Area Little League
  • Oakdale Youth League
  • Warren County Youth Baseball Softball Association
  • Warren Township Softball Association