Existing, Traditional Junior Golf Programs
Traditional junior golf programs include local and regional programs that provide playing opportunities, practice sessions and guidance on the game of golf to local juniors at a very low cost. These programs have often operated for many years and provide guidance on the culture of the game, its rules, etiquette and traditions. The juniors participating typically learn how to better handle themselves around adults and golf facilities.
The MGLP Committee values the role of traditional junior golf programs in the development of junior golfers and recognizes that many of these programs could be enhanced or expanded with grants from the MGLP Committee. Applications from existing programs to assist with expansion and administrative costs are encouraged.
Junior programs coordinated by departments of a municipal government are also eligible for grants.
Eligible departments include those involved in:
- Youth athletics such as Divisions of Parks & Recreation
- Community Development
- Child Services
The MGLP grant program should not be used as a substitute for local tax revenue, but may be used to develop new junior golf programs or to expand existing programs. Municipal programs often benefit from having free access to golf facilities or park space acceptable for use. They also have extensive experience with youth sports and coaching
Newly Created Junior Golf Programs
Newly created junior golf programs are eligible to receive grant funding. However, newly created programs without a proven track record in junior golf will generally receive lesser grant awards in the early years of their program. Additionally, new programs should study the level of junior golf activity in their area to avoid a duplication of efforts.
Local Support – New programs should not look to the MGLP Committee as their sole means of support and should develop other revenue sources including user fees, local support from community-based organizations, local businesses, golf clubs, and men’s and women’s golf associations found at local golf clubs. If your program is worthy, the local community and local golfers will lend their support.
School Systems and School Programs
If you are applying on behalf of a school district and intend to work with a PGA Professional or First Tee National School Program there is a separate grant application for your use. If you are not intending to work with The First Tee National School Program, you should complete the standard grant application.
Connection with Local Junior Golf Programs
- A critical component of a successful school based program includes the school’s cooperation and coordination with junior golf programs conducted at local golf courses and practice facilities.
- Applicants must identify local junior golf programs (including The First Tee Programs), and golf facilities that will serve as the next step in the development of their students.
- Essentially, interested children need the access and opportunity to experience a traditional golf setting that includes PGA Professionals and on course playing opportunities.
Curriculum and Frequency of Participation
- Applying schools should specify their curriculum and frequency of golf classes.
- The success of school golf programs is greatly increased though consistent, regular exposure to the game.
- The MGLP Committee is reluctant to fund grants for programs that will be utilized on an occasional or infrequent basis
Other Eligible Programs
Programs tied to serving youth, military and diverse populations with an emphasis on inclusion and the general population are eligible for grants.
Local and regional programs that provide playing opportunities, practice sessions and guidance on the game of golf in the areas listed above are eligible. The MGLP Committee values the role of these programs in the development of golfers and recognizes that many of these programs could be enhanced or expanded with grants from the MGLP Committee. Applications from existing programs and new programs in these areas are encouraged.