Frequently Asked Questions


What is the National Football League Foundation?

The National Football League Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of sports, youth football and the communities in which we live.

The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities which support our game.

What types of grants are available from the NFL Foundation?

The NFL Foundation offers grants which support safety and participation in youth, flag and high school football and all sports, community programs, social justice initiatives and support of NFL players philanthropic foundations. In addition, the NFL Foundation may choose to support programs and activities that meet its mission through special consideration grants. Funding proposals are not accepted in these cases. The NFL does not accept grant request or proposals outside of qualified grant programs.

Are there other nonprofit organizations at the NFL that I can go to for grants?

The NFL Foundation is the sole philanthropic organization of the National Football League. Many of the NFL’s 32 clubs have foundations which may or may not provide grant opportunities.

For those who are interested in youth football grant opportunities but do not qualify for a grant from the NFL Foundation, we suggest you check USA Football. For those interested in community grant opportunities and youth football initiatives in your area, please check your local NFL team’s website.

For former NFL players who are interested in funding for medical or other personal costs, please visit the NFL Player Care Foundation website for more information. 

What grant programs does the NFL Foundation offer?

The NFL Foundation manages more than 45 grant and recognition programs. To find out more visit our grants page here.

What are the deadlines for applying to the grants?

The application deadlines for NFL Foundation grants differ for each grant program. Please carefully read the application for the grant you are interested in applying to find the deadline.