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.

The Rafters, in partnership with long-time partner Rawlings, will be awarding one equipment grant, with an approximate retail value in excess of $2,000, to one youth baseball organization in 2023.

What does the grant include?
  • (1) Set of catcher’s gear (helmet, chest protector, shin guards, mitt)
  • (8) Batting helmets
  • (10) Fielding gloves (8 RH, 2 LH)
  • (1) Bucket of practice baseballs
  • (8) 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 deadline to apply for the 2023 grant is May 1.

If your organization wishes to apply for this grant, please complete the application form below. The grant recipient will be chosen by the Northwoods League Foundation and be notified by the Rafters in mid-May. Any questions relating to the application, or Share the Glove Initiative can be directed to the Rafters office by calling 715-424-5400

Share The Glove

  • Section 1: Organization Information

    Please fill out the following information.
  • Section 2: Statement of Purpose

    Please provide us with at least a paragraph long description of how your organization enriches the lives of children and families in your community through softball.
  • Section 3 : Signature

    By signing below, I certify that the information provided in this application is true to the best of my knowledge and belief. I understand this information will be used to make a determination in the awarding of grants and if determined to be false or misleading, may disqualify my organization from consideration. If my organization is awarded the grant, information provided as part of this application may be used for promotional purposes.
  • Please enter your full name.