USA Football Helps Youth Football Programs Get Critical Equipment

Through May 9, amateur football programs can apply for need-based grants from USA Football to acquire new equipment.

Uniforms looking a bit shoddy? Helmets dinged and beat up? If you're an amateur football player, you and your team might be able to score some new equipment.

Through May 9, amateur football programs (youth, middle school and high school) can apply for grants from USA Football, the sport's governing body. The selected programs will receive $500 or $1,000, based on need, merit and the organization's involvement with Heads Up Football. Equipment grant credits are redeemed through Riddell, USA Football's "official protective equipment provider" and the company that makes helmets for the NFL.

USA Football annually gives $1 million to youth football programs. Through 2013, they've awarded $6 million in grants to help more than 150,000 players get new equipment.

"Our equipment grants help youth leagues and scholastic programs continue to make positive differences in young people's lives through America's favorite sport," USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said in a press release. "Even with successful fundraisers, some organizations may find challenges in properly equipping their teams. We're proud to help ensure great football experiences with support from the NFL Foundation."

You must apply online. You can do it right here.

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