Leo Murphy Memorial Field and Equipment Grant
Through the generosity of our many sponsors and the hard work of our membership fundraising efforts throughout the year, Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities is pleased to once again accept applications for the Leo Murphy Memorial Field & Equipment Grant.
This program provides:
- Financial support for non-profit youth football organizations or schools in the Greater Cleveland area and connecting counties to be used for equipment or facility upgrades up to $5,000.
- Recognition of the grant recipients program through the CTCC website and literature.
Started in 2012, the CTCC Leo Murphy Memorial Field & Equipment Grant was established to allow the membership of CTCC give back directly to youth football programs in the Greater Cleveland area. Named after Leo Murphy, the longtime trainer for the Cleveland Browns and Honorary Lifetime Member of CTCC, this program provides local youth football programs with the opportunity to secure the proper equipment and resources they need to play the game safely.
Grants will only be awarded to 501(c)(3) non-profit youth organizations or school districts fielding middle/junior high and/or high school programs. Grant funds must be used to make improvements to program’s equipment and/or facilities and to help improve the safety and overall quality of that program. Eligible expenses are listed within this guide for reference.
This application guide below contains tips to direct applicants through the CTCC Leo Murphy Memorial Field & Equipment Grant application process. Please read this guide carefully and consider all requirements before beginning this year's Leo Murphy Memorial Field & Equipment Grant application.
Applications will be available starting December 1, 2023, and must be post marked by January 26, 2024. Grant determination will be made by March 12, 2024, with a with a public announcement the week of March 25, 2024.
Who is eligible?
- Only 501(c)(3) non-profit youth or school districts fielding middle/junior high and/or high school programs are eligible to apply.
- In order for a youth football organization to be eligible for CTCC grant funding, it must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization at the time of application submission. If 501(c)(3) status is in the processing stage, the organization is not eligible to receive a grant. If paperwork is not available or is pending, then the organization is not eligible to receive a grant.
- Middle/junior high or high school programs do not need to provide proof of non-profit status.
- Applicants must be located in the Greater Cleveland area. This is defined by programs in the following counties: Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit.
What are the requirements?
- All grant proposals must include:
- A copy of the your football organization’s 501(c)(3) determination letter.
- A completed grant application form including the program budget.
- A completed W9.
- Grants will only be paid directly to 501(c)(3) non-profit youth or school districts fielding middle/junior high and/or high school programs – not to individuals.
- Grants must be used for non-salary or non-staff related costs (i.e.: purchase of new football helmets and equipment, helmet and equipment reconditioning, football field refurbishments, etc.). However, grant funds may be used to provide a stipend for a certified athletic trainer, whose defined role is to assist in the prevention and treatment of injuries during play, and to be present on the field during football practices and games.
- Recipient organizations (the youth football and/or high school programs) are required to report back to the CTCC board on the use of grant funds, which must coincide with the approved proposal.