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Purpose

The USEF Opportunity Fund is a grant-making resource dedicated to supporting grassroots organizations with a mission to increase access to horses, horse sports, and equine-based learning opportunities among under-represented and/or under-served communities. The USEF Opportunity Fund aims to extend the reach and impact of such organizations, further empowering them to connect with their local communities. Grants will be awarded through a competitive grants process beginning in 2022 and 100% of funds collected will be dedicated to supporting the USEF Community Outreach Program initiative.

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Program Area Priorities

Under-represented and under-served communities in equestrian sport, including but not limited to:

  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals/communities
  • Veterans and active military personnel
  • Persons with disabilities
  • LGBTQ+ community
  • Low-income individuals and families
  • Geographical diversity (state/national region, urban areas, rural areas)

Grant funds are unrestricted and may be used for programmatic costs, operational costs, etc.

  • While not a definitive list, we typically would not fund requests for the following:
    • Endowments (e.g. establishing an investment fund or a permanent, self-sustaining source of funding)
    • Events (e.g. fundraisers, conferences, workshops)
    • Assistance for individuals (e.g. tuition, financial support, emergency aid, etc.)

 

Eligibility Criteria to Submit a Grant Request

  • Must be a current Community Outreach Organization listed on the directory
  • Must be located in a U.S. state or territory
  • Must make a submission during the application period. Late submissions and unsolicited submissions will not be accepted.

 

Additional information, including how to submit a grant request

 

Contact

Ashley Swift
[email protected]
859-225-6954

 

 

 

Partners

 

Forms and Publications

2022 USEF Opportunity Fund Grant Request Information

Information about the 2022 USEF Opportunity Fund grants request process for USEF Community Outreach Organizations