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Southern Cares: Providing Immediate Relief to Tennis Community

April 24, 2020 04:21 PM

Application for Facilities

The USTA Southern Cares Facility Initiative is intended to assist Tennis Facilities to reopen courts and programs when possible and consistent with local, state, and federal guidelines due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this initiative is to help defray some of the tennis related costs associated with reopening facilities and programs. These funds are not eligible to cover lost income, dues or lost revenue while closed and will not include pro or instructor compensation.

At the present time, $500,000 of resources has been allocated for facilities through the Southern Cares Facility Initiative. Funding will be determined in part on the number of courts at the facility along with demonstrated need. Applications will be evaluated in the order in which they are received until funds are exhausted and funding will be awarded in the sole discretion of USTA Southern. Not all applications may be funded and deadline to apply is May 29, 2020.

Click here for more information and to apply for the USTA Southern funds and a separate USTA grant. 

Greetings,

USTA Southern recognizes that many in the tennis industry are being significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board of Directors has set aside up to $2 million for the Southern Cares Initiative to provide immediate relief to our partners across the Southern states. This step will help us weather these difficult times, remain viable and be ready to go back to work when tennis play is able to resume.

Three task forces have been identified to look at the various groups needing support:

  • Teaching professionals (Applications are closed.)
  • Facilities (Applications are open.)
  • Others in tennis industry: tournament directors, CTAs, officials, NJTLs, local league coordinators, etc. (More information to come.)

USTA Southern is following the guidelines of the USTA and local governments relative to when play can safely resume across the South and we hope that everyone stays safe and well.

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Bonnie Vandegrift
USTA Southern President & CEO

John Callen
USTA Southern Executive Director & COO

 

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