Founded in 1974 by tennis legend, Billie Jean King, the Women’s Sports Foundation is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.
According to their website: “We were the first—and only—charitable organization to offer grants to aspiring women athletes with elite potential. Between 1984 and 2004, we awarded 1,200 grants to more than 950 aspiring women athletes. Many of these women went on to capture national championships and Olympic medals, including figure skaters Michelle Kwan and Kristi Yamaguchi, alpine skier Picabo Street and gymnast Kerri Strug among many others.”
“The Travel & Training Fund provides direct financial assistance to aspiring athletes—in individual and team sports—with successful competitive records who have the potential to achieve even higher performance and rankings. Travel & Training grants allow serious female athletes a chance to fulfill their potential on the regional, national or international level through assistance for coaching, specialized training, equipment, athletic attire, and/or travel.”
Website: http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/sitecore/content/home/programs/travel-and-training-fund/how-to-apply.aspx or http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org (“Programs” Tab and “Travel and Training Fund” Button)
Contact Info: Phone: 516.542.4700; email: LFlores@WomensSportsFoundation.org
Deadline: May 3
Award Amount: $2,500–$10,000 (Varies)
Eligibility: Individual applicants and all members of a team must be Female, US citizen, eligible to compete for a US National Team, and must have Amateur Status. Applicants must demonstrate the ability, based on competitive record and years in training, to reach and compete at an elite level. Those that have competed regionally (outside their state), nationally and/or internationally, and/or are ranked by a national governing body. Applicants must have a successful competitive record within their sport and/or age group. In order to qualify for a team application, a team must consist of two or more females. An individual or team may be awarded only one grant per calendar year and a maximum of three grants to an individual or team in a lifetime.
Requirements: Online Application. Note that you will need to register on the foundation’s Grant Management System to get the application. Link found in the Travel and Training FAQ PDF file at http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/sitecore/content/home/programs/travel-and-training-fund/how-to-apply.aspx
Take a minute to watch this inspiring video from the female athletes supported by the WSF:
If you’d like to support the WSF and aspiring women athletes, you can! Donate today to help women realize their athletic potential.