Hennepin Youth Sports Program

The Hennepin Youth Sports Program awards capital grants to build, repair, renovate or expand youth sports facilities in Hennepin County.

Since 2009, more than $11 million in Youth Sports grants have been distributed to 64 capital projects and 84 equipment and small asset projects, including multi-purpose fields, soccer fields, baseball fields, playgrounds, lighting, tennis courts, and more!

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Youth Sports grant application

The Hennepin Youth Sports Program awards facility grants to municipalities, park districts or school districts to create, expand or improve athletic or recreational facilities to enhance opportunities for youth participation in Hennepin County.

Up to $2 million is available annually for the facility and equipment grants; facility grants range from $10,000 to $325,000. There is also $250,000 set aside out of the total amount of grant funding available for equipment grants ranging from $1,000 - $10,000 to purchase capital equipment related to youth sports activities and recreation.

Grant criteria

Facility grants are awarded once each year, and are evaluated on:

  • Partnerships among local government units and between local government units and nonprofit organizations.
  • Ratio of matching funds and in-kind contributions to the amount requested.
  • Development of new and improved athletic and recreational opportunities.
  • User population characteristics and the number of youth served.
  • Inclusion of environmental improvements.
  • Sustainability, including the availability of ongoing operating and maintenance funds.
  • Equitable distribution throughout Hennepin County.
  • Examples of potential projects for this type of grant include: baseball and softball fields; soccer, football and lacrosse fields; tennis courts; hockey rinks; playgrounds; skate parks.

Equipment grants are awarded in the fall and spring ($125,000 per cycle), and are evaluated on:

  • Partnerships between youth sports organizations and local government units.
  • Number of youths served and their population characteristics.
  • Ratio of matching funds to the amount requested.
  • To the extent possible, grants will be awarded to a mix of various sports and recreational activities and distributed to communities throughout Hennepin County.
  • Examples of potential projects for this type of grant include: field maintenance; pitching machines; goals; backboards; sleds and dummies; playground equipment.


The Twins ballpark sales tax, approved in 2006, funds the Hennepin Youth Sports Program and additional hours at 15 Hennepin County Library locations, including Sunday hours, Maple Grove's Thursday hours, and Minneapolis Central's Sunday and Monday hours. Up to $4 million annually is dedicated between the programs.

Who can apply?

Contact the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission:

Youth Sports Program grant recipients


The board approved $1,850,000 in Youth Sports grants for 2014. The Hennepin Youth Sports Program awards capital grants to build, repair, renovate or expand youth sports facilities in Hennepin County.

Capital grant recipients

  • City of Dayton for playground and safety improvements at McNeil Park for $57,000
  • City of Edina for the Edina Multi-purpose Sports Dome for $250,000
  • City of Golden Valley for play structure replacement at Wildwood Park for $50,000
  • City of Richfield for synthetic turf at Holy Angels Academy for $200,000
  • City of Robbinsdale for playfield enhancements at Lee Park for $325,000
  • City of Rogers for field lighting and storm shelter at North Community Park for $105,000
  • Intermediate District 287 for playfield improvements at South Education Center for $168,000
  • Minneapolis Public Schools for new fitness centers at Roosevelt and South High Schools for $325,000
  • Minneapolis Parks and Recreation for a natural swimming pool at Webber Park for $250,000
  • Orono ISD 278 for a playground and playfield improvements at the Maple Plain Discovery Center for $60,000
  • Robbinsdale ISD 281 for East Youth Playfield improvements at Northport Elementary and Park for $60,000

Equipment grant recipients

  • City of Loretto for an infield drag attachment and portable batting cage at Loretto Athletic Park for $9,485
  • City of Minnetonka for two pitching machines, four dugout benches and improvements at Optimist Park for $6,000
  • City of New Hope for dedicated dry-land training area within current ice arena at New Hope Ice Arena for $10,000
  • City of Robbinsdale for equipment storage facility, backstop netting and PA system at Lakeview Terrace Park for $8,500
  • City of Robbinsdale for field equipment and training aids at Spanjers Park for $1,266
  • City of Rogers for goals, nets and training aids at Rogers High School for $4,000
  • City of St. Louis Park for lacrosse goals and nets, back-up nets and storage facility at Saint Louis Park Jr. High for $4,880
  • Village of Minnetonka Beach for an adapted swing at Half Moon Park for $777
  • Eden Prairie ISD 272 for a wrestling mat hoist at Central Middle School for $10,000
  • Hopkins ISD 270 for two turf management utility vehicles with groomers for use throughout the district for $10,000
  • Minneapolis Public Schools for crossfit equipment at Edison High School for $2,300
  • Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board for outdoor bleachers, outdoor basketball and pitching machine at East Phillips Cultural and Community Center for $10,000
  • Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board for football sled and dummies and tip-roll bleachers for gym at North Commons Park for $9,750
  • Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board for a gym divider curtain at Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center for $7,000
  • Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board for tip-roll bleachers for the gym at Logan Park for $10,000
  • Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board for pitching machine and protective L-screens at Sibley Park for $2,400
  • Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board for football blocking dummies, shields, chute boards at Waite Park for $1,900
  • Richfield ISD 280 for blacktop for basketball courts and two outdoor hoops at the Outdoor Play Area at 7461 Oliver Ave. So. for $10,000
  • Three Rivers Park District for two outboard motors, two ergometers at Bryant Lake for $6,700


The board awarded $2.24 million in 2013 Hennepin Youth Sports Program grants to 14 facility and 46 small equipment/asset projects.

Capital grant recipients

  • Brooklyn Center, Centennial Park: $116,500 to convert a baseball field to four soccer fields
  • Brooklyn Park, Community Activity Center: $50,000 to create a stocked youth fishing pond
  • Crystal, Community Center: $113,965 for lights on two little league fields
  • Hopkins Public Schools ISD 270, Eisenhower Elementary: $200,000 to replace and expand the playground, including an inclusive play structure
  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
  • Phillips Community Center: $325,000 to renovate the indoor pool
  • NSP Fields: $100,000 to create two new youth ball fields and renovate two softball fields
  • Lyndale Farmstead: $80,000 to install synthetic turf for a multipurpose field
  • Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation: $115,000 to install synthetic turf for a soccer field
  • Minnetonka, Glen Lake Park: $45,000 for softball field lights
  • Minnetonka Public Schools ISD 276, Minnetonka High School: $75,000 for a synthetic turf multipurpose field
  • Osseo Area Schools ISD 279, Osseo Senior High: $250,000 for lights on the baseball and softball fields
  • Rockford Area Schools ISD 883, west of Corcoran Community Park: $110,000 for a new baseball field
  • Richfield Public Schools ISD 280, Richfield STEM School: $125,000 for a playground
  • St. Louis Park, Louisiana Park - $250,000 for new lights and irrigation on three multipurpose fields and other site improvements

Fall and spring equipment grant recipients

  • Corcoran, Corcoran Community Park: $10,000 for turf mower
  • Crystal, Smothers Memorial Field: $5,000 for bleachers, pitching mound covers
  • Eden Prairie
  • Miller Park: $10,000 for utility vehicle and towable groomer
  • Miller Park: $4,000 for outfield fencing
  • Golden Valley
  • Lions, Wesley and Perpich school parks: $10,000 for soccer goals
  • Brookview and Wesley Parks: $2,500 for tennis nets
  • Loretto, Loretto Community Park: $1,550 for baseball pitching screens
  • Maple Plain, Northside Park: $7,500 for jump track at BMX dirt bike park
  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
  • Audubon Park: $9,950 for gymnastics equipment
  • Bryant Square Park: $1,750 for soccer goals
  • Frank Quilici Field: $7,500 for utility vehicle
  • Harrison Park: $8,320 for football blocking equipment and volleyball net system
  • Kingfield Park: $7,965 for two volleyball net systems, three indoor soccer goals and two ball lockers
  • Lake Nokomis and Wirth Lake: $3,400 for 12 buoys, 60 life vests, 40 kickboards and 64 noodles
  • Lynnhurst Park: $6,175 for bleachers, soccer goals and volleyball equipment
  • Neiman Sports Complex: $9,900 for soccer goals
  • Northeast, Pearl, Quilici, Van Cleve and Bottineau parks: $5,650 for five baseball mound covers and six sets of bases
  • Nokomis Park: $9,800 for gymnastics equipment
  • Northeast and Southeast fields: $7,500 for riding lawn mower
  • Parade Stadium: $1,000 for lacrosse goals
  • Pershing Park: $1,500 for pitching machine
  • Powderhorn Park: $10,000 for basketball backboards
  • Roosevelt High School: $7,300 for high jump system
  • Minneapolis Public Schools, Roosevelt High School: $6,7060 for football blocking equipment
  • Minnetonka Beach, Ray Peters Park: $2,310 for outdoor ice rink boards
  • Minnetonka Public Schools
  • Minnetonka Middle School East: $4,750
  • Excelsior Elementary School: $7,500 for playground equipment
  • New Hope, Lighted Ball Field and Community Gym: $6,461 for five pitching machines, two storage chests and a portable generator
  • Orono, Bederwood Park: $7,500 for playground equipment
  • Osseo Area Schools, Maple Grove Senior High: $10,000 for swimming pool timing equipment
  • Plymouth, Oakwood Park: $7,500 for player benches and dugout covers
  • Richfield, various locations: $560 for portable lacrosse goals
  • Richfield Public Schools, Richfield Middle School: $4,560 for soccer goals
  • Robbinsdale
  • Lakeview Terrace Park: $8,000 for batting cage, dugout roofs, equipment shed, pitching rubbers and home plates
  • Lakeview Terrace Park: $5,550 for safety netting and lacrosse goals
  • Lakeview Terrace and Sanborn parks: $8,352 for playground equipment
  • Manor and Spaniers parks: $2,799 for pitching machines
  • Rogers, Lynch and South Community parks: $3,100 for soccer goals
  • St. Anthony-New Brighton Schools, St. Anthony Village High School: $7,900 for wrestling mat
  • St. Louis Park Schools, Dakota Park: $5,827 for batting aids and pitchers mounds
  • Three Rivers Parks
  • Bryant Lake Regional Park: $8,815 for two boat motors and 10 oars
  • Hyland Hills Ski Area: $6,740 for timing system and safety equipment
  • Various parks: $6,600 for trailer and ski rental equipment


The Hennepin Youth Sports Program awarded $2.2 million in capital grants for 11 projects and $105,452 for 16 equipment grant projects in 2012.

Capital grant recipients

  • New Hope Ice Arena: $275,000 for energy improvements
  • Richfield Public Schools, Richfield High School: $275,000 for varsity baseball field renovation
  • St. Anthony-New Brighton ISD 282, Central Park: $249,000 for soccer field, lights for stadium multi-purpose field
  • Minneapolis Public Schools, Washburn High School: $220,000 for synthetic turf in stadium
  • Champlin, Andrews Park: $220,000 for improvements
  • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Wabun Picnic Area, Minnehaha Falls Park: $200,000 for universal access playground
  • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Elliot Park: $175,000 for synthetic turf soccer field
  • Hopkins, Maetzold Field: $150,000 for converting adult field to youth, adding lights
  • Brooklyn Park, Northwoods Park: $100,000 for wheelchair softball field
  • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Linden Hills: $80,000 for tennis court renovations
  • Minnetonka ISD, Minnetonka High School: $75,000 for snythetic turf baseball infield
  • Robbinsdale School District 181, Robbinsdale Middle School: $30,000 for play field irrigation

Equipment grant recipients

  • Brooklyn Park, River, Norwood, and Willowstone Parks: $10,000 for safety fencing
  • Minnetonka, Bennett Family Park: $10,000 for utility vehicle
  • Spring Park, Thor Thompson Park: $10,000 for basketball court
  • St. Louis Park, various St. Louis Park locations: $10,000 for pitching machines and storage
  • Tonka Bay, Manitou Park: $10,000 for basketball court
  • Westonka ISD 277, Mound Westonka High School: $10,000 for transport cart
  • St. Anthony-New Brighton ISD 282, St. Anthony Village High School: $8,700 for gymnastics equipment
  • Corcoran, Corcoran Community Park: $8,000 for batting cage and field netting
  • Minneapolis, citywide program: $7,900 for pitching machines
  • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Farview Jordan Youth Athletic Council: $6,400 for football practice equipment
  • Anoka Hennepin ISD 11, Champlin Park High School: $5,000 for baseball scoreboard replacement
  • Minnetonka, Big Willow Baseball Association, Big Willow Park: $2,963 for dugouts
  • Minnetonka, Lone Lake Park: $2,000 for Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Association goals
  • Minnetonka, Glen Lake Mighty Mights, Glen Lake Park: $1,970 for improvements
  • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Pearl Park: $1,400 for one pitching machine
  • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Armatage Park: $1,146 for Southwest Area Football Association equipment


The Hennepin Youth Sports Program awarded $1.9 million for 10 projects in 2011.

Grant recipients

  • Robbinsdale Lakeview Terrace Park: $325,000 for lighting one ball field and one multi-purpose field, and dugout roofs for three ball fields.
  • Maple Grove High School stadium: $325,000 for synthetic turf and seasonal dome.
  • Brooklyn Center School District: $304,000 for a new youth gymnasium.
  • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Northeast Park: $300,000 for a new baseball field.
  • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Pearl Park: $225,000 for baseball field improvements.
  • St. Louis Park, Rotary Northside Park redevelopment: $200,000 for three baseball fields and various improvements.
  • Minnetonka Public Schools, Seven Tennis Court Complex: $100,000 for five new tennis courts.
  • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Currie Park: $75,000 for lighting for synthetic turf soccer field.
  • St. Anthony-New Brighton School District: $40,000 to improve varsity girls softball fields and drain tile for softball and baseball fields.
  • Hopkins Public Schools: $12,550 for resurfacing of four softball fields and other improvements.


Fifteen grants were awarded in 2010 for a total of about $2.3 million.

Grant recipients

  • $400,000 for Golden Valley Honeywell Youth Field expansion, two baseball fields and improvements.
  • $334,250 for the Robbinsdale area school district,  and Community Outdoor Athletic Facilities Phase I, lighted synthetic turf multipurpose field and gym improvements.
  • $295,000 for Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Currie Park synthetic turf, converting a tennis court to a soccer field.
  • $200,000 for St. Louis Park Northside Park redevelopment, three baseball fields, various improvements.
  • $200,000 for Bloomington Public Schools turf development project at Kennedy and Jefferson high schools for new synthetic turf for two high school stadiums.
  • $135,000 for Rogers North Community Park, lighting one field, creating a new field, new drain tile, retention and irrigation.
  • $118,500 for Minneapolis El Colegio Charter School’s ‘El Patio’ – a recreation area including a soccer field, half-court basketball, two garden areas and outdoor classroom/theater.
  • $110,000 for Eden Prairie Miller Park improvement – covered benches, batting cages, pitching stations and scoreboards for eight ball fields.
  • $104,200 for Shorewood Manor Park shelter, playground and warming house.
  • $102,829 for Spring Park Thor Thompson Park baseball field renovation.
  • $80,500 for Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Pershing Park, to remove one infield and re-grade and irrigate a multipurpose field.
  • $76,220 for Crystal Forest School Park, to convert a ball field to a multi-purpose field.
  • $60,000 for Edina Independent School District Cornelia Elementary School playground renovation.
  • $60,000 for an Edina outdoor hockey rinks project, replacing two outdoor hockey rinks.
  • $43,523 for Crystal Little League for new sod for two fields, one scoreboard, and four poles for three fields; replace fencing and bleachers; sprinkler repairs.


Eighteen grants were awarded in 2009 for a total of about $2.5 million.

Grant recipients

  • $345,000 to St. Anthony-New Brighton Public Schools for lighting for two fields and spectator seating for St. Anthony Village Central Park.
  • $240,000 to Richfield for four ball fields at the Lincoln Athletic Complex.
  • $235,488 to Bloomington for tournament baseball field improvements to Red Haddox Baseball Field.
  • $225,000 to Brooklyn Park to convert a baseball to soccer field at Edinbrook School Athletic Field.
  • $225,000 to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for a multipurpose field at Stewart Park Soccer Field.
  • $210,000 to Brooklyn Park to convert a baseball to a soccer field at Zanewood School Park.
  • $187,500 to the Hopkins-Minnetonka Joint Recreation Program for a playground for the .
  • $150,000 to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for the East Phillips Park Soccer and Baseball Field.
  • $130,000 to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for the Bottineau Park Soccer and Baseball Field.
  • $115,000 to Wayzata for an outdoor rink, portable board system, replacement of lighting and new sidewalk for the Klapprich Park rehabilitation.
  • $100,000 to Medina for a concessions building, restrooms, storage, ball field and fencing for the Field House.
  • $75,000 to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for Van Cleve Park Baseball Field.
  • $50,000 to Rogers for locker rooms for the Rogers Activity Center.
  • $48,945 to New Hope for a football and softball field at the New Hope Athletic Field.
  • $45,000 to Minnetonka Public Schools for “Green, Fit and Fun” Recreational Facility.
  • $44,000 to Rogers for baseball and softball fields for the Rogers High School ball field completion.
  • $40,000 to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for irrigation at the Armatage Park Soccer and Baseball Field.
  • $10,000 to Corcoran for two tee-ball fields at the Corcoran Community Park tee-ball field.
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