Application season is open for youth sports leagues seeking funding assistance from the county.
Surry County is littered with small youth sports leagues which provide recreational and athletic opportunities for children, and a county agency can help a little bit in delivering those opportunities.
Surry County Parks and Recreation Director Daniel White said a league assistance program predates his seven years with the department. The program offers monetary assistance (between $200 and $1,000) to sports leagues which provide recreational opportunities for kids.
According to White, the Surry County Board of Commissioners allocates $7,500 per year to the program. However, most years at least some of the funding goes unused.
“We are trying to get the word out,” explained White. “We want to get the money into the hands of those who help the most.”
White said his department isn’t the one offering programs such as youth baseball and soccer. Instead, the county allocates funds to help organizations which do offer those opportunities through its league assistance program.
Only organizations which offer youth sports are eligible, and the amount a league can accept is based on how many participants it has. A league with less than 50 participants is eligible for $200 in assistance. The dollar amount goes up by $200 for every 50 additional participants and caps at $1,000 for a league with 300 or more children participating.
All sports are eligible. However, a league must be run by a non-profit organization and must have been in existence for at least one year to be eligible.
Leagues must submit an application signed by the organization’s president and treasurer, a copy of its current budget, a roster of all participants and a copy of the organization’s bylaws.
League’s may apply for funding for multiple seasons as well, said White. For instance, a league which has 100 participants in fall soccer and 100 in spring soccer leagues, may apply as having 200 participants.
White said his department began accepting applications on March 7 and will accept those applications through April 7. While a committee has the final say on where funds are allocated, its decisions are based largely on a first come, first served basis.
White said a copy of the application is available on the Surry County Parks and Recreation Department’s Facebook page, and those with questions may call his office at 401-8235.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.