The Northwoods League Foundation (“Foundation”) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that serves as a vehicle to transform a shared passion for baseball into positive change and support for communities. The Mission of the Northwoods League Foundation is: To utilize the game of baseball to enrich the quality of life for children and families with an enduring and caring focus on Northwoods League communities.

In support of this mission, and as part of the Northwoods League’s 25th Season Celebration, the Foundation will be awarding twenty (20) equipment grants, each with an approximate retail value of $2500, to youth baseball and softball organizations across the twenty (20) communities in which a Northwoods League Affiliate currently operates.

What is the grant?
The grant is a standardized set of Rawlings equipment, sized for youth ages 9-12. There will be ten (10) baseball grants and ten (10) 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 ten (10) communities will be awarded softball grants and which ten (10) communities will be awarded baseball grants. They are as follows:

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


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