The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) awards grants to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and/or softball programs and facilities. Organizations operating in the United States and international locations are eligible to apply. To date, an average of 150 requests are received annually; approximately 20 percent are awarded grants. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis.
- Grants are intended to provide funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs, not for normal operating expenses or as a substitute for existing funding or fundraising activities.
- The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs.
- Grants are designed to be flexible to enable applicants to address needs unique to their communities.
- The mission of BTF is to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball throughout the world.
- BTF funds programs, fields, coach's training, uniforms, equipment, and other selected program expenses.
- In addition, BTF provides educational support to grant recipients and applicants, to help organizations become self-sufficient and more effective.
- Announced during the 1999 World Series, the fund began with a $10 million commitment by MLB and the MLBPA, and since then, both parties have agreed to additional, annual contributions that have more than tripled the original commitment.
- BTF awards grants on a quarterly basis. The fund awards an average of 55 grants per year averaging more than $1.8 million annually.
- To date, BTF has awarded over 1,000 grants totaling more than $34 million to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.
Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis after a thorough and selective review process. Review the following timeline before submitting a request.