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U.S. Soccer Foundation Unveils New Grant Application Process


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Thursday, August 12, 2004) – The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the development and philanthropic arm of soccer in the USA, has unveiled a new application process for soccer clubs, organizations and municipalities interested in applying for grant funds to support planned or existing soccer projects. Using a new, two-page letter of inquiry (LOI) process, interested parties will now be able to submit a snapshot of their project to the Foundation through ussoccerfoundation.org.

All applicants for the FY 2005 grant cycle are required to submit an LOI as a first step in the application process.  The new LOI form provides for an abbreviated, initial review of a program or project in a screening process that is highly competitive. Unlike the full grant application, there is no fee associated with the submission of an LOI.

Beginning August 1, 2004, interested applicants can access, complete and submit the LOI online to the Foundation via ussoccerfoundation.org. The LOI stage will be available on-line until October 15, 2004. Applicants can expect the LOI review to be completed and notification given within four weeks from the date of submission. To learn more about the rules and deadlines, please visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org for more information.

Since its establishment in 1994 to mange the profits generated by FIFA World Cup USA 1994, the Foundation has played a significant role in funding player development activities, field and stadium construction, and funding programs to encourage soccer participation by male and female athletes of all ages and skills regardless of location or economic condition.

For more information please visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org or contact Beverly Holmes at 202-872-6664.

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