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Tennis Grants
March 2, 2017

Community Tennis and Facility Grant
2017 Guidelines and Application
The Mississippi Tennis Association’s “Community Tennis and Facility Grant,” formerly entitled “Adopt A Court Grant,” was initiated by the MTA Board of Directors in 2002 to financially assist public tennis facilities and school districts to build new tennis courts and/or to repair and upgrade existing tennis courts.  The addition of fixed amenities such as lights, bathrooms, clubhouses are also included within the scope of the grant. 
Since 2011, the addition of blended lines to current 78 foot courts is also included within the scope of the grant.  Blended lines are lines that blend in with the color of the court surface and are used for the conversion of 78 foot courts to 36’ and/or 60’ courts. These smaller courts are used for youth under the age of 10.  Blended line grants are available to both public and private tennis facilities through a different application.
Applicants must meet all criteria and submit a completed application by Wednesday, March 24, 2017.  Awards will be announced by the first of April or before.
Grant Guidelines:
The Community Tennis and Facility Grant program is available to local governments, public facilities and/or school districts.  Blended Lines Grants are available to both public and private facilities and if applying for blended lines, contact the MTA for the online application. 

  • Grants shall be used for construction of new courts, the repair and/or upgrade of existing tennis courts, and/or the addition of blended lines to existing courts.
  • This is a matching grant program. All grant funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar by the applicant.  Depending on what communities are using the grant for (new construction, resurfacing, amenities), they will be eligible for differing amounts of aid (details below).
  • The application must be submitted with supporting documentation by the deadline date.
  • As a requirement of acceptance the facility agrees to provide USTA programs as part of its on-going programming.
2017 Priorities
  1. The construction of and the addition of new courts in the state of Mississippi is a top priority for the Mississippi Tennis Association.  The ability to attract new players and to provide adequate programs for current players depends on new court construction.  For this reason, funding available for projects that include new construction of at least 2 new courts at one location will remain $10,000.  The dollar-for-dollar match will continue to be required.  Applications for permanent stand alone 36 and 60 foot courts will be accepted from private facilities as well as public.
(2) Increasing the total amount of playable courts is also a top priority in Mississippi.  Therefore, if a community plans to resurface 4 or more courts, those facilities are eligible to receive up to $7,500 in grant funding.  Applicants that plan to install “blended” 60’ or 36’ lines for 10 and Under play will also be given priority over those applications that do not plan to implement 10 and Under blended lines.  Sanctioned tournament play and Jr league play still requires 60’ lines for 10 and Under age division play, so increasing the amount of courts with permanently painted lines is preferred.
Breakdown of What Communities are Eligible for:
  • Level 1 – $10,000 grant
Applicants that propose to build at least 2 new tennis courts will be eligible for up to $10,000 provided they spend at least $20,000 on the project.
  • Level 2 - $7,500 grant
Applicants that propose to resurface 4 or more courts are eligible to receive up to $7,500 provided they spend at least $15,000 total on the project.
  • Level 3 - $5,000 grant
Applicants that propose to resurface at least 2 courts will be eligible for up to a $5,000 reimbursement provided they spend at least $10,000.
  • Level 4 - $3,500
Applicants that propose to add the following amenities will be eligible for up to $3,500 provided they have receipts of up to $7,000 (windscreens, nets, benches, pavilions, other court amenities)

Upcoming Events
Quarterly Board Meeting
Ben McNair Center 300 N 12th Avenue Hattiesburg, MS


The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for August 15. The meeting will be held in Hattiesburg and will begin at 10 a.m.
MRPA Annual Conference
Oxford, Mississippi


Please make sure you have the dates for our 2018 conference on your calendar. We will meet at the Oxford Conference Center. Our theme this year is - Next Level: People, Purpose, Passion!! The idea is that we want to provide opportunities to take our park and recreation professionals to the next level with educational offerings, our purpose to the next level with how we engage our communities, and our passion to the next level by maintaining the personal connections with our program patrons and networking support systems. Encouraging our members to not get and stay complacent with doing things the way they’ve always done them, and that innovation, although scary at times, is necessary for growth… necessary for the Next Level of parks and recreation.

Our Mission
The Mississippi Recreation and Park Association provides avenues to build communities, reduce crime, and improve the health of Mississippians. We work closely with state and local recreation professionals to publicize and support statewide and local parks and recreational activities.

We engage students, faculty and elected officials across the state with open communications and improved educational and training opportunities.

MRPA supports our members through leadership development, advocacy and improved training opportunities.

Our members share their knowledge and promote the value of parks and recreation and we embrace networking and social opportunities.