Baseball Tomorrow Fund

Overview

Introduction

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) awards grants to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and/or softball programs and facilities. Organizations operating in the U.S. and international locations are eligible to apply. Approximately 400 requests are received annually; approximately 10 percent are awarded grants. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis.

  • Grants are intended to provide funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs, not for normal operating expenses or as a substitute for existing funding or fundraising activities.
  • The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs.
  • Grants are designed to be flexible to enable applicants to address needs unique to their communities.

More information regarding the evaluation criteria and use of grant funds can be found in the Grant Application section.

Grant Review Process

Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis after a thorough and selective application process.

Please review the following timeline before submitting an application:

Review Cycle Application Deadline Cycle* Grants Awarded Grant Payment (**Tentative)
January-March Jan. 1 April May
April-June April 1 July August
July-September July 1 October November
October-December Oct. 1 January February

* Applicants are encouraged to submit applications prior to the deadline. Applications submitted after a deadline may be deferred to the next review cycle.

**The length of the review process is 3-6 months, and the grant payment process is at least four weeks. Grant funds are not awarded for past expenditures, so please plan the project timeline accordingly.

For more information or to begin the application process, please proceed to the Grant Application section.

One Grant at a Time and Waiting Period Policy

Effective immediately, the One Grant at a Time and Waiting Period Policy stipulates that BTF will award only one grant to an organization at a time with a two-year waiting period before a subsequent request will be considered. The purpose of this policy is to enable BTF to use grant outcomes, reporting and the demonstration of proper, on-going maintenance and operation of the programs and facilities to make well-informed decisions.

To summarize, BTF will require recipients that receive a BTF grant through our standard application process to complete the term of a grant, submit a final report and annual follow-up reports for at least two years before it will consider a subsequent funding request. Exceptions are noted for BTF/MLB Equipment Day and Field Maintenance Education Program grants.

Please click here to view the complete policy.