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Hennepin Youth Sports Program

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.

 HYSP Program Information

 Historical Summary of Awards

 Awards Chart by Activity

 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.

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

General Application Deadlines

Please check the information below for the most recent application deadline. Generally, Fall Facility and Equipment Grant Application are due in November and Spring Equipment and Playground Grant Applications are due in March.

2018 Facility and Fall Equipment Awards

The 2019 Facility and Fall Equipment awards were authorized by the Hennepin County Board on December 11, 2018. The resolution is below and the awards are listed on the 2019 awards page.

 Board Resolution 18-0557 R1

All applications are listed here:

 2019 Facility Applications Summary

 2019 Spring Equipment Applications Summary

2019 Spring Equipment and Playground Applications

The 2019 Spring Equipment and Playground Applications are now available. Send or deliver three sets of the application by 4:00 PM on Monday, March 18th, 2019 to the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission, 1750 – 105th Avenue NE, Blaine, Minnesota 55449. Also send an electronic copy of the application by the same time to George Ellis at We will contact you to confirm that we have received your application. If you have not heard from us, please very that the application was sent and contact the Program Director, George Ellis at or call 763.785.5615.

 2019 Spring Equipment Application (excel doc)
 2019 Spring Equipment Application

 2019 Hennepin Youth Sports Program Spring RFP