Gear Up Minnesota! grant applications are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 season. Since 2010, equipment grants from Gear Up Minnesota! have been used by associations across the state to attract new players and make hockey more accessible.
In just three years, Gear Up Minnesota! has provided 91 unique associations with sets of starter hockey equipment, with a total worth over $270,000. With each set including a hockey bag, helmet, breezers, gloves, elbow and shin pads, this program continues to play a major role in growing hockey throughout Minnesota.
It takes planning, creativity, and hard working volunteers for associations to be effective in growing the game of hockey. It can be a novel concept that has never been done before or a program that worked really well at another association. What matters is whatever it takes to get more boys and girls involved in hockey. Apply below and let us know what your association has done or is doing to earn a Gear Up Minnesota! grant.
• Be detailed and specific
• Display creativity and ingenuity in how the grant will be used
• Demonstrate how grant will act as a supportive piece of an overall growth plan
• Show a track record of effort and success in using grants to grow the game
The granting committee will consist of representatives from Minnesota Hockey, USA Hockey, and the contributing sponsors. Grants will likely be for starter hockey equipment, but all requests will be considered.
A special thank you to the Minnesota Wild Foundation, Total Hockey, Shock Doctor, West Bend Insurance, Subway and our other partners for making Gear Up Minnesota! a success.
Have you received a Gear Up Minnesota! grant in the past? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with images of kids using grant equipment and your association could be featured by Minnesota Hockey!