SOW Soccer is a much-needed project –not just in Wyoming, but nationwide. We need to get youth fired up around the idea of youth soccer. SOW Soccer stands for “S”park “O”pportunities “w”ith Soccer. Wyoming Soccer wants to start with planting our seed (“sow”ing soccer) and sparking opportunities within our twenty-two clubs across the state. The goal is to help them build their local programs and think about the partnerships they can create to increase participation (i.e. Boys & Girls Clubs, Parks & Rec, YMCA, etc) within their own communities. It is our hope this program could ultimately serve as a model for other states with underserved populations in building new soccer programs. Wyoming Soccer will showcase success stories, encouraging our clubs to plant their own “seeds” through getting soccer balls into the hands of children who don’t otherwise have the opportunity to play and working with local entities, such as those described above. This program is funded through the US Soccer Innovate to Grow Fund, and we are extremely grateful for their commitment to grassroots growth initiatives in underserved areas such as Wyoming.
Clubs! The 2023-2024 Application is Open! The grant application will remain open throughout the season.
SOW Soccer stands for " S park O pportunities W ith Soccer". The purpose of SOW Soccer programs are to remove barriers that prevent or make it difficult to participate in the sport of soccer. Grant requests up to $15,000 will be considered.
SOW Soccer grant applications must include each of the following elements:
- Executive Summary
- A brief summary of the program, including the goal
- An Itemized Budget
- Should include some club investment (can be in-kind)
- Must make clear the total requested ask and the total projected cost of program
- Technical Plan (if applicable)
- Execution Plan
- Most detailed portion
- Must include timeline and considerations for risk management
- Long Term Strategic Plan
- How will the program evolve and grow over time?
- How will the program become financially self-sustaining?
- Can the program be implemented in other areas?
Please submit all above elements together to firstname.lastname@example.org and include SOW SOCCER GRANT as the subject.
We will announce recipients and send agreements or denials within 30 days of receipt of your application. Within this time frame, we may reach out for clarification and allow for revisions to the application documents if needed. If you haven't already, start thinking about and collaborating within your clubs to think of programming to grow soccer and increase participation in your area.
Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or ideas you'd like to run by us.
Frequently asked Questions
Q. What is SOW Soccer?
SOW Soccer is a program that is looking to expand grassroots soccer in communities around the state of Wyoming.
Q. How much can a club apply for?
SOW Soccer grants up to $15,000 will be considered. Funds will be disbursed up to four times/year for grant recipients.
Q. What is the initial goal of SOW Soccer?
The idea is for each club to sow the sport of soccer in their community through "planting seeds." (i.e. soccer balls) The goal is to bring in new soccer players throughout Wyoming.
Q. What programs have been funded thus far?
Clinics to reach female and Hispanic youth in Jackson Hole, Wyoming have been funded with SOW Soccer funds.
A TOPSoccer Program was started in Sheridan, Wyoming with SOW Soccer funds.
SOW Soccer funds have also been used to help facilitate the birth of new clubs in Wyoming.
Q. How will established clubs participate in the program?
Our state affiliated clubs are invited to apply for funding to implement SOW Soccer programs (any program designed to grow membership) in their own communities.
Q. What is the long-term vision of the SOW Soccer program?
The success of the program will be based on grass roots growth within our clubs and the breaking down of barriers to participation.