Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to most frequently asked questions.

  1. Am I eligible for funding from NFL Charities?
  2. apply for funding from NFL Charities for an organization from outside of the United States of America?
  3. Are there any others non-profit organizations at the NFL that I can go to for support?
  4. Does NFL Charities accept requests for event donations, individual grants and auction items?
  5. How do I apply for an NFL Charities Grant?
  6. What is NFL Charities?
  7. What is the Youth Football Fund?
  8. What is USA Football?
1: Am I eligible for funding from NFL Charities?

NFL Charities awards grants to support targeted initiatives on a national scale while also supplementing the extensive local community service work of our 32 teams and the foundation of individual players (both retired and active).  For more information NFL Charities grant requirements, please navigate through each of our granting categories located in the Grants tab on the navigation bar at the top of each page.  Each NFL Charities grant category has specific eligibility criteria and requirements that must be met by each applicant.

2: apply for funding from NFL Charities for an organization from outside of the United States of America?

NFL Charities cannot execute grants to organizations that are based outside of the United States of America.

3: Are there any others non-profit organizations at the NFL that I can go to for support?

In addition to NFL Charities and the charitable dollars allocated by the 32 NFL teams and owners to community initiatives nationwide, other non-profit foundations support the NFL Giving platform including the NFL Youth Football Fund, the NFL Disaster Relief Fund and Player Care Foundation. If you do not qualify for an NFL Charities Grant opportunity, you may log onto,, for more information on how to apply for any of the grant opportunities available through those organizations.

4: Does NFL Charities accept requests for event donations, individual grants and auction items?

NFL Charities’ guidelines and resources do not allow us to consider personal appeals or any local / regional requests for support.   We are a non-profit organization that is mandated to make grants only on the national level through a series of restricted programs and national partners in order to achieve our maximum level of impact.

To learn more about the positive impact that each of the NFL teams have in their communities as well as local support opportunities, please visit the community page of your local NFL team’s website.

5: How do I apply for an NFL Charities Grant?

NFL Charities is pleased to provide the 32 NFL teams, all current and retired players with 501(c)(3) non-profit foundations and other eligible applicants with a brand new, entirely paperless grant application process. We are confident that our returning applicants will find this new online system to be a more streamlined and user-friendly vehicle than previous NFL Charities grant processes.

The NFL Charities Grant Application Management System (GAMS) saves time for Grant applicants with an interface that is easy to use and requires minimal technical know-how. Qualified applicants may access NFL Charities online grant opportunities by logging onto GAMS. (provide link to that page here) All NFL Charities online grant applications are to be completed by using GAMS and submitting all forms through the online system. Hard copies of these applications and/or any supporting documents received by mail, fax or e-mail cannot be processed. Please note that NFL Charities adheres to strict eligibility criteria so please take the time to thoroughly review the Grant eligibility requirements as well as the proper online submission process in order to be considered for funding.

6: What is NFL Charities?

Formed in 1973, NFL Charities is a non-profit organization that enables the NFL to contribute collectively on behalf of its 32 member clubs to charitable causes on a national level. This foundation, which has approved more than $120 million in grants to more than 600 different organiztions, supports sports-related medical research, youth health programs and the charitable work of its teams and current and retired NFL players. NFL Charities' primary funding categories include:

  • Sports-related medical research and education grants
  • Player foundation grants in support of the philanthropic work of current and former NFL players
  • Financial assistance to former NFL players in need
  • Youth health and fitness initiatives, including educational programs with national partners
  • Supplementing the charitable activities of the 32 NFL clubs


7: What is the Youth Football Fund?

Youth, and youth football are top priorities for the NFL, its teams, and its players. In 1998, the NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) formed the NFL Youth Football Fund (YFF) — a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation which supports the game at the youth level, promotes positive youth development and ensures the health of football in future generations.

Through the YFF, hundreds of thousands of youngsters have been given the opportunity to learn the game of football, get physically fit, and stay involved in productive after-school activities with adult mentors. The YFF also provides youth football participants with safe and accessible places to play, as well as programs and initiatives that address the importance of proper coaching, health and safety, academic and life skills development.

Formal YFF grant programs exist as an important grassroots youth football development strategy. Each program includes its own set of eligibility criteria and requirements. In many cases, these programs focus on NFL clubs and current and former NFL players to help advance and support youth and high school football initiatives nationwide. For more information on YFF grant programs, please visit

8: What is USA Football?

USA Football is a non-profit organization endowed by the NFL and NFL Players Association through the Youth Football Fund to lead the development and growth of youth, high school and international football. As the sport's national governing body and Official Youth Football Development Partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFLPA, USA Football provides education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players, program resources for youth football league commissioners and health and safety information for youth and high school football constituents.

USA Football hosts more than 100 football training events annually and has trained tens of thousands of youth football coaches nationwide through full-day coaching schools and its online Certified Coaching Education Program (CCEP).  USA Football also was commissioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations to help create an online varsity football coaching education course available to high school football coaches and state athletic associations across the country.

USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions and provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Aside from its national team program, USA Football does not operate leagues or teams.  Carl Peterson, a successfull football scout coach and NFL team executive for more than 40 years, serves as Chairman of USA Football.

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