Grants

US Quidditch is proud to be offering several grants for our members. Grants will be awarded within two weeks of the application deadline. Grants offered by USQ are funded through fundraising efforts done by the organization throughout the year. Questions about this year's grants and the grant process can be directed to strategicplanning@usquidditch.org.

Current Grants

USQ Cup Team Travel Grant

The USQ Cup Team Grant is available to help cover a portion of a teams travel expenses for US Quidditch Cup 2022. The number of grants available will be dependent on the funds raised by USQ for this initiative. Grants will be awarded beginning the week of March 26, 2022 on a rolling basis.

Applications for this grant are now open here. Teams must fill out this form to be considered, answering essay questions on their financial situation, how this grant will impact their team's development, and other aspects of their team. A letter of recommendation is optional and may be emailed to strategicplanning@usquidditch.org

BIPOC MEMBERSHIP GRANT

This grant is available to 51 individuals. This grant covers the player registration fee valid for the 2021-22 season. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. They will be reviewed the last week of each month. The awarded individuals will receive redemption codes to purchase this membership. 

Applications for this grant are open here

USQ CUP TEAM GRANT

The USQ Cup Team Grant is available to cover the team registration fee for US Quidditch Cup 2022. Applications are due by March 1, 2022. The number of grants available will be dependent on the funds raised by USQ for this initiative. Grants will be awarded within the first week of March.

Applications for this grant are now closed.

TEAM MEMBER GRANT

The USQ Team Grant was available to cover the team registration fee for US Quidditch Cup 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. Applications were due by April 1, 2021. The number of grants available will be dependent on the funds raised by USQ for this initiative. Grants will be awarded within the first week of March.

Applications for this grant are now closed.

LET THE KIDS PLAY EQUIPMENT GRANT

This grant, led as an initiative from the USQ Board of Directors, will provide a new set of hoops for five developing college or youth teams (value of $250). With COVID-19 having an impact on new team development, any unawarded funds remaining from this year's grant will be added to next seasons Let the Kids Play grant offering. The hoop supplier will be Shooty Hoops Supplies, which is owned and operated by Matt Melton and Krystina Packard. 

Applications for this grant are now closed.

Grant FAQ's

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Team Member Grant: Any team who was registered with USQ for the 2019-20 or 2020-21 season.

Let the Kids Play Grant: Any newly formed 2019-20 or 2020-21 season team. They can be official, unofficial, or youth level.

Teams that have already received a member grant from USQ within the previous two seasons are ineligible to apply.

BIPOC Member Grant: Any Black, Indigenous, and/or person of color who joined their current division of USQ during the 2021-22, 2020-21, or 2019-20 season is eligible for the BIPOC grant. If you have already purchased a USQ membership for the 21-22 season, you are still able to apply for this grant. If selected, you will be refunded your membership fee.

USQ Cup Team Grants: Any team who is planning to participate in US Quidditch Cup 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Teams can be either collegiate or club.

What questions are asked on the application?

Team Member Grant: The following questions will be asked on this application form:

  1. Contact info
  2. Details on your team status for the 2019-20/2020-21 season & plans for the 2021-22 season
  3. Please express why your team is interested in this grant. What is the need for your team?
  4. What is the financial situation for your team this upcoming season?
  5. How will an opportunity to receive a grant for your team further the development of your team?
  6. What steps has your team taken to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within your team? Are there any steps your team has taken to help implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for the quidditch community overall?
  7. Option to email a letter of recommendation to strategicplanning@usquidditch.org 

Let the Kids Play: The following questions will be asked on this application form:

  1. Contact info
  2. Details on your team status for the 2019-20/2020-21 season & plans for the 2021-22 season
  3. When was your team formed?
  4. What inspired you to form this new team?
  5. Please express why your team is interested in this grant. What is the need for your team?
  6. What is the financial situation for your team this upcoming season?
  7. How will an opportunity to receive a grant for your team further the development of your team?
  8. What steps has your team taken to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within your team? Are there any steps your team has taken to help implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for the quidditch community overall?
  9. Agreement to returning the hoops to USQ should you receive the grant and then your team folds after one season.
  10. Option to email a letter of recommendation to strategicplanning@usquidditch.org 

BIPOC Member Grant: The following questions will be asked on this application form:

  1. Contact info
  2. Details on your team status for the 2021-22 season.
  3. Details on grant eligibility.
  4. Why are you applying for this grant? How will this grant support your efforts to play quidditch?
  5. What does playing quidditch mean to you?
  6. Option to email a letter of recommendation to strategicplanning@usquidditch.org 

USQ Cup Team Grant: The following questions will be asked on this application form:

  1. Contact info
  2. Details on your team status for the 2021-22 season
  3. Please express why your team is interested in this grant. What is the need for your team?
  4. What is the financial situation for your team this season?
  5. How will an opportunity to receive a grant for your team further the development of your team?
  6. What steps has your team taken to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within your team? Are there any steps your team has taken to help implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for the quidditch community overall?
  7. Option to email a letter of recommendation to strategicplanning@usquidditch.org 

USQ Cup Team Travel Grant: The following questions will be asked on this application form:

  1. Contact info
  2. Details on your team status for the 2021-22 season
  3. How much in financial support are you requesting from USQ?
  4. Please express why your team is interested in this grant. What is the need for your team?
  5. What is the financial situation for your team this season?
  6. What is your team's travel budget for traveling to USQ Cup 2022? How much of that has your team already secured from other sources of funding?
  7. How will an opportunity to receive a grant for your team further the development of your team?
  8. What steps has your team taken to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within your team? Are there any steps your team has taken to help implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for the quidditch community overall?
  9. Option to email a letter of recommendation to strategicplanning@usquidditch.org 

HOW ARE APPLICATIONS EVALUATED?

USQ Cup Grants: Complete applications will be evaluated and awarded by USQ leadership. Member services department members and other USQ staff may also consult on grant applications.

Team Member Grant: Complete applications will be evaluated and awarded by USQ leadership. Member services department members and other USQ staff will also consult on grant applications.

Let the Kids Play Grant: Equipment grant will be evaluated and awarded by the USQ Board of Directors. Member services department members and other USQ staff will also consult on grant applications.

BIPOC Member Grant: Complete applications will be evaluated and awarded by USQ leadership. USQ staff will also consult on grant applications.

HOW many grants can a team apply for?

Teams are welcome to apply for more than one grant opportunity. 

Grant Suggestions

If you have any suggestions for grant offerings, please email strategicplanning@usquidditch.org

additional grant programs

EVENT SANCTIONING GRANT

To apply to have a tournament sanctioned by USQ, a USQ certified tournament director must submit an application no later than one month in advance of the event, though applications received after that point will be considered on a case by case basis. After submitting the form below, the TD(s) will receive an email to set up an interview with USQ staff. The interview will take 30-60 minutes and consist of reviewing the application and event, going over the event sanctioning program in general, and answering any questions the TD(s) may have. To learn more about event sanctioning, deadlines, and how to apply for an event sanctioning grant, click here