CHICAGO (May 12, 2017) – U.S. Soccer has announced the establishment of the Innovate to Grow Fund, a new initiative that will provide up to three million dollars to help members launch new and innovative programs to stimulate growth amongst their membership.
The goal of the program is to identify and take scalable and transportable ideas and push them forward.
“Growing participation in the game is one of our primary objectives to achieve our mission, and we want to take advantage of our most valuable resource, which is our membership,” U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said. “We have smart, hardworking, creative people throughout our 97 member associations who can develop new ways to improve the game in their communities, and we are going to invest in and support their efforts. We look forward to new ideas that will spur innovation both at the local and national levels.”
U.S. Soccer members will need to apply to receive funds. There is no limit on the amount a member can request, and the project can be up to three years in length. The application must meet certain criteria, including:
- The member will need to show a financial investment in the program.
- The program must be new and innovate, and not a continuation of an existing one.
The application process is currently open and will run through June 30, at which point the all the submissions will be reviewed. The applicants will be notified by Sept. 1 if their request has been approved.