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2018 Playground and Spring Equipment Application

The 2018 Playground and Spring Equipment information and applications are posted below. The deadline for each application is 4:00 PM on March 19, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact George Ellis by email or at 763.785.5662.

 Request for Proposals

 Playground Application

 Equipment Application

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 $21 million to communities throughout Hennepin County. These projects have spurred over $90 million in matching funds. The sales tax surcharge also funds increased hours on Sundays at Hennepin County libraries.

 Summary of all awards

 Facility award uses

 Facility awards by LGU type

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.

Interactive Map of Facility Awards

View this map of the facility award locations in a new window.

Youth Sports Grants in Action

This and other videos can be seen on Hennepin County's YouTube page.

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.

In-kind Matches

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.

 Covenant with Private Land Owner

2018 Facility and Fall Equipment Awards

The 2018 Facility and Fall Equipment awards were authorized by the Hennepin County Board on December 12, 2017. The resolution is below and the awards are listed on the 2018 awards page.

 Hennepin County Board Action Request 17-0521

All applications are listed here:

 Facility Applications Summary

 Fall Equipment Applications Summary