Mayor Tom Butt’s ‘community fund’ offers grants to youth teams, leagues

Important week in WCCUSD spring sports

Organizers of athletics teams and leagues in Richmond are encouraged to apply for grants from the annual Richmond Mayor’s Community Fund.

The mayor re-launched the grant program after taking office in 2015 in order to support community needs not otherwise met by the city or other donors. The mayor holds fundraisers to raise money for the fund, including local hosting an annual golf tournament that attracts contributions from local businesses and individuals.

Grants will be awarded in the range of $500 to $3,000 and will be given solely to youth sports teams and leagues in Richmond. These teams include sports such as football, baseball/softball, basketball, soccer, swimming, martial arts and dance.

The grants can be used for general operating support as well as capacity-building programs, such as purchasing team uniforms, training for coaches, travel for team members, etc.

The committee tasked with awarding grants will seek to award the optimal amount of funding to grant recipients, so the average amount will likely be less than $3,000, according to the mayor’s office. An organization may receive only one grant within a twelve month period.

To apply, complete the application by clicking here, and return it to: Richmond Mayor’s Office, Attn: Alex Knox, Chief of Staff, 450 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300, Richmond, CA 94804.

The application deadline is 5 p.m., April 3, 2018 (postmarks not accepted).