It’s no secret that the sports world has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and U.S. Soccer is no exception. It has been a tough year for members, and the U.S Soccer Board of Directors is ready to help by offering a COVID-19 Relief Fund.
The U.S Soccer board held its quarterly meeting on Friday, December 11th, 2020 where they announced a grant program for members struggling financially due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Funding originally allotted to the “Innovate to Grow” initiative this year, will now be used to provide Covid-19 relief to members. The Board plans to make $7,500 – $15,000 available per member determined by organization and revenue loss. Funds can be used for instructor fees as well as coach or referee licensing courses, Covid-19- procurement, and office operating expenses excluding salaries, travel, or events.
Grants will be available to all members in good standing with U.S. Soccer with exception of professional leagues. Each member interested in receiving a grant must go through an application process that includes completing an application form, answering survey questions, and providing financial documents and personal conduct policies.
Members were able to begin the application process on December 1st and the application portal will remain open until New Year’s Eve. Board members plan to review member applications during the month of January and will notify those selected for the grants in February. Monetary distributions will also be made in February 2021. More information about the U.S. Soccer Covid-19 Relief Fund can be found at www.ussoccer.com