Mar 09, 2017

GLENDALE - The Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority (AZSTA) is projected to award up to $2.5 million in grants in its 2018 youth and amateur sports biennial grant program.

The grant monies will be awarded to qualified projects that serve the youth and amateur sports community within Maricopa County.   Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organization and be able to provide matching dollars equal to at least 50 percent of the amount requested from the Authority. 

“Pursuant to the Authority’s Youth and Amateur Sports mission, our goal is to make sure that agencies that qualify for our youth and amateur grant program seize the opportunity to access funding to assist them in creating new programs or improving existing programs,” said Jody Harwood, AZSTA Youth and Amateur Sports Committee Chair.

Information on the biennial grant program may be found at  Grant applications will be available online starting April 7, 2017.  The deadline to submit a completed grant application is Friday, May 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority (AZSTA) is a Municipal Corporation dedicated to enhancing the economy of Maricopa County and the community's quality of life through the development of professional and amateur sports facilities, the attraction of entertainment, sporting and business events and through tourism promotion.  For more information AZSTA visit

“Since its inception in 2000, AZSTA has funded more than 350 projects and distributed nearly $19.5 million to worthy organizations across Maricopa County.” said AZSTA President and CEO Tom Sadler.

Formed as a result of voter approval of Prop. 302 in Nov. 2000, AZSTA is responsible for owning and operating the University of Phoenix Stadium; funding tourism promotion in Maricopa County; funding the construction and renovation of Cactus League spring training facilities; and funding youth and amateur sports projects and programs.  For more information about any of these projects or the YAS Grant Program, please contact AZSTA at 623.433.7500.