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Southern Cares- Providing Immediate Relief

June 23, 2020 09:46 AM




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 closed.)
  • Others in tennis industry: tournament directors, local league coordinators, CTAs, officials, NJTLs, adaptive and wheelchair programs and media. (Application are open.)


Application for Others in Tennis Community & Industry

The USTA Southern Cares Initiative offers aid needed to those who provide tennis to communities within the Southern tennis family due to the impact of COVID-19. The purpose of this specific initiative and application is to provide financial support for those including tournament directors, league coordinators, officials, CTAs, NJTLs, Adaptive Programs, Wheelchair Programs and media who have lost income or revenue due to the cancellation of events and to help defray costs of restarting tennis programs. Funds received are not eligible to cover pro/ instructor compensation or facility needs as alternative grant applications were available for that purpose. Only one grant application per person can be accepted. 

Funding will be determined based on demonstrated need and revenue/income lost.

Applications will be evaluated in the order received and funding will be awarded at the sole discretion of USTA Southern. Not all applications may be funded and the deadline to apply is July 6, 2020.

Apply here.

Grant Process:

Applicant completes and digitally signs the online application.
Once the application is submitted, USTA Southern will:

  • Evaluate the application
  • Review applications with appropriate state offices
  • Communicate with applicant to clarify or gather additional information, if necessary
  • Generate an evaluation based on if the application meets the criteria for award
  • Make an award decision



USTA Southern will notify applicant informing them of their granted or declined award. If granted an award, the recipient must provide a current W-9. 

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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