The SportsUnited: International Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI) is an annual open grant competition that allows public and private U.S. non-profit organizations to submit proposals for programs that connect American with foreign audiences to each other through a shared interest in issues that challenge societies, while at the same time enhancing and improving the infrastructure of non-elite youth sports programs. Proposals can address any of the following four themes: Youth Sports Engagement, Sport and Health, Sport and Disability, and Sport for Social Change.
Youth Sports Engagement
Exchanges funded under this theme will focus on effective ways that sport can play a role in youth development at the grassroots level, while promoting technical proficiency among the youth sport coaches, sport administrators, and/or sport officials participating in the program. Proposals under this theme aim to encourage participants to share experiences in managing, organizing, and developing programs for youth sports activities with the aim of exposing young people to the ideas of teamwork and self-discipline that can lead to success in other aspects of their lives.
Sport and Health
Exchanges funded under this theme will focus on increasing awareness among young people of the importance of following a healthy lifestyle. Proposals under this theme aim to demonstrate the responsibility of the broader community to support healthy behaviors, and to educate young people how to prevent and manage non-communicable or infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, through sports programs.
Sport and Disability
Exchanges funded under this theme are designed to promote and sponsor sport, recreation, and fitness programs for persons with disabilities. Proposals under this theme aim to demonstrate that persons with disabilities can be included in sports opportunities in their communities, and will develop opportunities for them to do so.
Sport for Social Change
Exchanges funded under this theme will focus on effective ways that sport can play a role in promoting more stable and inclusive communities, and as an alternative to anti-social behavior. Proposals under this theme aim to include the use of sport as a tool to promote tolerance and understanding through organized activities that appeal to youth and youth influencers, and that focus on conflict prevention/resolution.
The proposal submission period is now closed.