Grant and Scholarship Programs
The Grant and Scholarship Program debuted in 2003 by giving assistance and support to individuals and small organizations in need. Support for the program is funded through donations and fundraising.
The Lewis Sports Foundation (LSF) grant program is designed to promote youth education, physical activity and sport in Minnesota and nationwide. The program was developed to support individuals, groups, teams, organizations or services and alleviate the financial burdens associated with participating in or managing physical activity and sport.
One of the grants is the Doris Lewis Memorial Fund established by Leo Lewis in memory of his late mother. Doris Lewis was a career educator and physical education instructor. The Fund supports physical activity teachers with equipment and program funds.
Scholarships are awarded to recognize excellence in sport competition and professionalism among individuals in the State of Minnesota to deserving students, athletes, coaches and sport administrators for their excellence and success despite the odds they had to overcome. The Athlete Leadership Fund is specifically designed to support the Leo Lewis Football Academy. This Fund enables students the opportunity to work with college coaches and professional athletes at a substantially reduced cost.
Grant and Scholarship Program Application Process
Scholarship funding will be allocated upon receipt of designated expenses requested for funding. In other words, LSF will reimburse up to the amount requested after an expense report is submitted. There may be exceptions for LSF events.
Grant funding will only be provided to organizations that have 501© (3) tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service.
Organizations and activities outside of Foundation Guidelines: The decision to decline a request may not imply that the applicant’s program is not needed or valued. Rather it may not fall within our giving guidelines or priorities, or that funds are not available. LSF does not support:
- Organizations without 501© (3) status
- Conferences, seminars and workshops
- Tuition to non-LSF sports camps
- Fundraising events
- Religious programs or events
- Political events
Deadlines for the submission of all information for grants and scholarships are January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1. The number and size of grants and scholarships allocated each year depends on the budgeted allotment, the number of applications received and the amount of funding requested. Allow 2-4 weeks from the information deadline for a decision on your funding request. (LSF Sports Academies and events are reviewed on separate timelines). The recipient will be notified by email or postal mail as soon as the request for funding has been determined.