| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The USTA Eastern Long Island Region has announced that grant money for 2013 is available to member organizations who will support and participate in the Region’s mission to promote and develop the growth of tennis on Long Island. Additional grants are available to member through the USTA’s National Disaster Relief Program, which provides money to help rebuild facilities and replace equipment lost or damaged in Hurricane Sandy.

"The Long Island Region is focused on fostering participation in tennis and USTA programs with all of our member organizations,” said Herbert Harris, grants coordinator for the USTA Eastern Long Island Region. “Special consideration is distributing grants will be given to organizations seeking to expand tennis programs to the following groups: special populations, minority populations, parks and recreation, community tennis associations, schools/after school programs, wheelchair tennis and senior tennis."

This funding opportunity is for tennis programs and events operating in 2013. For more information and to apply for a Long Island Regional grant, click here or e-mail ustaonlongisland@gmail.com.

“We allocate grants in the range of $300 to $1,000,” Harris said. “Proposals should emphasize the following: demonstrate interest in working more closely with the Long Island Regional Board, the Regional Program Coordinator and the LI Tennis Service Representative with tennis program development; show specific examples of programs that attract new players and/or retain existing players through clinics, leagues, special events and tournaments, and willingness to participate in USTA League Tennis and USTA Junior Team Tennis."

National Disaster Recovery Grants

According to Jill Fonte, executive director of the USTA Eastern Section, substantial money is still available for disaster recovery through the USTA National Disaster Recovery program. For more information on the application process for USTA National grants, please e-mail Jill at fonte@eastern.usta.com.