Inspiring Sports Grant Program

In 2019, more than $170,000 was awarded to 30 youth-serving organizations

Inspiring Sports Grant Program

The Inspiring Sports Grants support organizations that provide underserved youth with the opportunity to participate in sports and fitness activities and teach life skills. Since the inception of the Grant program in 1988, nearly $2.1 million have been allocated to 233 youth organizations to support their sports programming and initiatives. 

The grants are funded by the net proceeds of the annual Inspiring Sports Charity Golf Tournament, as well as direct contributions from many generous organizations like the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, the Samerian Foundation, and United Water. Inspiring Sports Charity Golf Tournament has been presented annually since 1988 by Indiana Sports Corp.

If you are interested in information on future grants, or want to obtain more information regarding the Inspiring Sports Grant Program, please contact Molly Wright at or (317) 237-5102.

2021 Applications

The 2021 application for the Inspiring Sports Grant program will be open in August of 2020 To learn more about the application process and grant guidelines, click here

2021 Deadline

All applications for the Inspiring Sports Grant program will be open August 5 and close November 1.  

2020 Grant Recipients

More than $73,000 was awarded to 13 youth-serving organizations impacting 12,000 children across the state of Indiana.

The 13 organization selected:

  • Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, Inc. - Stirrup Success in the Stable
  • Caddie Development Corp. - Marian Caddie Day Academy 
  • Children's Bureau - Children's Bureau Emergency Shelter Yoga Program
  • Girl Scouts of Central Indiana - Shooting Sports Program**
  • Horizons at St. Richard's Episcopal School - Horizons-Healthy Minds & Bodies
  • Indianapolis Parks Foundation - Everyone Swims
  • Indy Public Safety Foundation - PAL*
  • Nine13sports - Kids Building Bikes
  • Playworks - Playworks Indiana Coach and TeamUp Direct Service
  • Renewal Neighborhood Ministry - Youth Sports Ministry 
  • Southeastern YMCA - Ninja Kids
  • THE BASE - Athletic Development Program*
  • World Baseball Academy, Inc. - On Deck Camps

*Sponsored by AT&T

**Susan Williams CHAMPS Grant

Inspiring Sports Equipment Grant (Fall)

The Inspiring Sports Equipment Grant (formerly Inspiring Sports Equipment Distribution) application opens August 5 and closes November 1.

The grant application is posted on The Exchange. To begin the application process, an account must be created within The Exchange. If you have questions, contact Molly Wright or 317-237-5102.

Big Ten Football Educational Initiative 

As part of its mission, Indiana Sports Corp, Big Ten and the College Football Playoff Foundation want to honor and support innovative teaching and learning. 

Indiana Sports Corp Grants Committee reviews each grant application it receives.  The Committee may request additional information from the applicant, school administrators, or curriculum coordinators. 

 Eligible applicants are current licensed teachers in the following content areas:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Library
  • English
  • Music/Performing Arts
  • Art
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Specials
  • History/Social studies
  • Foreign language

The Committee uses a combination of objective and subjective criteria when evaluating grant applications.  Applications that clearly meet criteria will generally be viewed more favorably during evaluation.  In some instances Indiana Sports Corp is not able to fund all requests due to budgetary constraints. This does not mean that a rejected application is inappropriate or unsatisfactory. 

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