Youth sports programs are a popular activity in many communities. Children engage in exercise while learning teamwork. Nike helps communities sponsor youth football programs with grants from their Nike Donation program. Nike has guidelines for grant applications. Nike will donate equipment to qualified grant applicants across the United States. Nike currently offers cash grants only in the Portland, Oregon, community.

Nike Youth Sports

Nike has been helping communities support youth sports programs since 1999. The company helps promote sports programs worldwide through the Nike Donation program. Nike also sponsors youth sports programs, such as football, baseball and basketball, through grant programs. Nike offers equipment to communities with existing infrastructure.


Nike places restrictions on who can apply for their grant programs. Nike will not sponsor individual teams, and religious or for-profit organizations are not eligible for Nike grants. Nike does not offer scholarships or funding for individual athletes. These restrictions protect the integrity of community sports, and potential NCAA athletes from investigation. Nike says it is committed to promoting community youth sports programs that benefit the entire community.

Youth Football

Nike's grant program has provided equipment to several youth football programs -- both flag and tackle -- across the United States. Communities that could not afford equipment have been improved. Children experience increased access to athletics, promoting a healthier lifestyle. Nike believes that providing youth athletic programs improves the community and the future.

Grant Application

The application for Nike youth football grants is online through their Nikebiz website. The grant program is available in the United States and The Netherlands. Equipment donations are the primary grant program run by Nike for youth football. Cash donations are only available to schools and organizations in the Portland, Oregon, area.