NFL Player Youth Football Camp Grant Program

NFL Player Youth Football Camp Grant Program

About the Program

Through the NFL Youth Football Fund (YFF) NFL Player Camp Grant Program, grants of up to $4,000 are awarded to free, non-contact youth football clinics and camps organized by current and former NFL players. This program recognizes NFL players who give back to communities in their hometowns or team cities while also illustrating how players set positive examples for young football participants by emphasizing sportsmanship and involvement in community-wide charitable projects. 

Who Can Apply

Current & Former NFL players

  • Only former NFL players vested under the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan may apply for NFL Player Camp Grants 

2012 Important Dates

Application opens: April 19, 2012

Application deadline: May 18, 2012.

Grant determinations will be made by May 31, 2012.

Award Amount

Grant awards of up to $4,000 

New Opportunity For 2012 Grant Applicants

A new opportunity exists in 2012 for NFL players to partner with USA Football’s FUNdamentals program which is designed to provide a turnkey, non-contact, youth football clinic in your community. Detailed information on USA Football’s FUNdamentals program can be found in the 2012 NFL Player Camp Grant Application Guide. 

Detailed Requirements

The following provides an overview of this grant initiative as well as information that eligible applicants will need to provide in order to successfully apply for a grant award. We suggest you read this thoroughly before proceeding with an application.

  • Based on approved applications, only one grant per camp will be awarded regardless if there are multiple NFL players hosting the camp.
  • The YFF can only support one camp grant per approved NFL player applicant. Multiple camp
    grants no longer will be offered.
  • Camps must be non-contact and completely free of charge for youth participants.
  • Camps must offer at least four hours of activities (either in a single day session or over several days).
  • Each camp must be established in the NFL player applicant’s name and be organized and attended by the player.
  • NFL players must verify existence of a separate camp bank account – The NFL Youth Football Fund will not issue grant checks to personal bank accounts.
  • NFL player applicants must utilize USA Football accredited coaches to help coach and supervise football camp activities.
  • In order to be eligible for YFF Camp Grant funds, camps must be separate in nature from any promotional or for-profit activities/events scheduled to take place in conjunction with the free camp (e.g., applicants who claim to scholarship youth participants in a free camp while they also are hosting youth participants who must pay registration fees)

Application Guide

The NFL Player Camp Grant Application Guide (PDF)
The NFL Best Practices Guide (PDF)

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About Jeff Nixon

Jeff was a first team consensus All-American from the University of Richmond in 1978. He is 7th in NCAA history with 23 career interceptions. Played for the Buffalo Bills 1979-1984. Led the team with 6 interceptions in Rookie Year. Holds Bills record for 4 takeaways in a single game - 3 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Tied Bills record with four consecutive games with an interception. After 5 knee surgeries Jeff retired from pro football in 1985. He worked for 13 years (1988-2000) as the Youth Bureau Director for Buffalo and Erie County. He has worked for the past 11 years as the Youth Employment Director for Buffalo. Plays guitar and was voted best R&B guitar player by Buffalo Nightlife Magazine in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

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