Hennepin Youth Sports Program
2017 Playground and Spring Equipment Awards
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners awarded 5 playground grants for a total of $125,000 and 20 equipment grants for a total of $125,000. The 2017 Awards page lists the awards.
Hennepin Youth Sports Program Information
The Hennepin Youth Sports Program makes grants to local governments to improve youth athletic and recreation facilities and purchase capital equipment. State of Minnesota law authorizing the construction of Target Field allows Hennepin County to use proceeds from the 0.15% sales tax surcharge to award over $2 million each year for sports facilities and equipment. Since 2009, the program has awarded over $19 million to communities throughout Hennepin County. This same amount has also been used to keep Hennepin County libraries open on Sundays.
HYSP has separate applications for facilities grants (awards from $10,000 to $300,000) capital equipment grants (up to $10,000), and playground structure grants (up to $25,000). Facilities grants are awarded once per year in December. Equipment grants are awarded twice per year, once in December and once in March. Playground structure grants are awarded once per year in March.
The Hennepin Youth Sports Program awards allow municipalities, park districts and school districts to create, expand or improve athletic or recreational facilities and to purchase new equipment. Individual equipment such as balls, bats, gloves, uniforms or protective gear are not eligible for equipment grants.
The Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission is contracted to serve as the grant administrator for the Hennepin Youth Sports Program. MASC evaluates the applications and provides recommendations to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. If you have any questions about the program, please contact staff listed on this page.
If you have any questions about the grant program, please contact Mark Erickson by email or at 763.785.5662.
All Awards Are for Reimbursement
All awards are reimbursement to be paid after completion of the facility or purchase of the equipment. Award recipients will submit reimbursement payment paperwork according to processing guidelines provided after the awards are announced. Hennepin County will reimburse the local government unit once this paperwork is processed.
If a facility grant application includes in-kind donations of materials or labor, please list the full retail value of the in-kind donation in both the project budget and the local matching funds sections. In the local matching funds section, note which funds are in-kind donations.
Facilities on Private Land
A local government unit (LGU) - a city, public school district, or park district - may submit an application for a facility that is located on private land on the behalf of a private entity, such as a charter school, private school or other non-profit organization that will operate the facility. The County Board resolution establishing the Hennepin Youth Sports Program grants does not require a project to be owned by a LGU or to be on public property. The resolution does however require that the applicant be a LGU.
Therefore, in cases where a local government unit is awarded a grant for a facility located on private land, the private land owner must agree to a covenant with the LGU that ensures long-term public access to the facility. It is suggested that the private land owner come to a verbal agreement about this covenant before the application is submitted. Details about the covenant can be found in the document below.