Through its Share the Glove initiative, the Northwoods League Foundation will award $2500 in baseball or softball equipment to one youth organization in each of its 22 markets

Rochester, Minn. – The Northwoods League Foundation will be awarding more than $55,000 in youth baseball and softball equipment through 22 Share the Glove grants to be awarded this Spring. Each grant, with an approximate retail value of $2500, will include two sets of catcher’s gear, ten gloves, eight batting helmets, six bats and one bucket of practice balls.

Eleven baseball grants and eleven softball grants will be awarded across the Northwoods League footprint to eligible youth organizations. Northwoods League affiliate teams will be coordinating the application process within their respective communities throughout the Spring, with the baseball and softball grants being allocated as follows:

What is the grant?
The grant is a standardized set of Rawlings equipment, sized for youth ages 9-12. There will be eleven (11) baseball grants and eleven (11) softball grants awarded. Each grant includes:

Baseball Grant Softball Grant
(2) Sets of catcher’s gear (helmet, chest protector, shin guards, mitt (2) Sets of catcher’s gear (helmet, chest protector, shin guards, mitt
(8) Batting helmets (8) Batting helmets
(10) Fielding gloves (8 RH, 2 LH) (10) Fielding gloves (8 RH, 2 LH)
(1) Bucket of practice baseballs (1) Bucket of practice softballs
(6) Bats (28 in. – 31 in.) (6) Bats (27 in. – 30 in.)

Who is eligible to receive the grant?
The following criteria must be met in order to be eligible to receive the grant:

  • Organization qualifies as a 501(c)(3) organization, school or school-based program, or community-based organization as defined under US IRC section 501(c)(3);
  • Organization is not an individual, for-profit business, political, or religious organization;
  • Organization provides opportunities for kids ages 9-12 to play baseball or softball within a community that is served by a Northwoods League affiliate.

How will grant applications be accepted and awarded?
Affiliate teams will be accepting grant applications from organizations within their community. The Foundation will not directly accept applications. The Foundation has designated which eleven (11) communities will be awarded softball grants and which eleven (11) communities will be awarded baseball grants. They are as follows:

 Softball Grants  Baseball Grants
 Bismarck Larks  Battle Creek Bombers
 Duluth Huskies  Fond du Lac Dock Spiders
 Eau Claire Express  Green Bay Booyah
 Kokomo Jackrabbits  Kalamazoo Growlers
 La Crosse Loggers  Kenosha Kingfish
 Mankato MoonDogs  Lakeshore Chinooks
 Rochester Honkers  Madison Mallards
 St. Cloud Rox  Rockford Rivets
 Thunder Bay Border
 Traverse City Pit Spitters
 Waterloo Bucks  Wisconsin Woodchucks
 Willmar Stingers  Wisconsin Rapids Rafters

*Canadian grant applicants must meet US and Canadian IRC Guidelines.

Interested in being considered for this grant? Fill out the form below!

Share the Glove

  • In 200 words or less, please write how you feel your organization would benefit from the NWL "Share The Glove" initiative.