Player Matching Youth & High School Football Grants

About the Program

This program supports former and current NFL players through matching and coach support grants to high schools and youth football programs.

Financial Match

Current and former NFL players can donate funds to a nonprofit youth or high school football program that the NFL Foundation will match 1:1 up to $5,000. Youth organizations must be Heads Up Certified and compliant in 2022. 

Players must be vested.

Former Players Currently Coaching Youth or High School Football 

Recognizes the time contribution of former NFL players who coach youth and high school football programs. Eligible players may receive up to $5,000 in non-match funding, based on the need, merit and standing of the application. 

Former players MUST serve as HEAD COACHES or full-time assistants in order to be eligible for the grant. Athletic Directors and league commissioners may apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

Players must be vested.

Important Dates

Application deadline is November 1, 2022.

**Please note: This application is not rolling. Funding determinations will be made after the application deadline November 1st, 2022. Please do not contact the NFL Foundation for status updates prior to the application deadline.

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