National Hockey League Grants

Pass the Puck

    Run through Minnesota Hockey, the Pass the Puck Grant has been giving back to the community for over 65 years. The grant provides up to $2,500 of support to nonprofit hockey associations affiliated with Minnesota Hockey. The goal of the program is to recruit or retain players at the mite or eight and under level of hockey through the state of Minnesota.

USA Hockey Foundation

    One of the largest hockey organizations in the world, USA Hockey runs the USA Hockey Foundation, which awards grants as high as $100,000 to nonprofit organizations that promote the sport of hockey. Applicants are taken through a vast screening process that requires legal documentation showing the association's 501(c)(3) status, along with financial information and reason for wanting the grant. USA Hockey is much stricter with their grant decisions than most other organizations, but also award much larger amounts.

NHLPA Grants

    The National Hockey League Players' Association has been running the Goals and Dreams fund since 1999, having contributed over $21 million to youth hockey programs internationally. They also run the newer Game-Changer Award, which provides up to $2,000 to individual children and communities that are facing serious challenges to their hockey programs. The funds accept online applications and requires a 300-word essay on the organization applying for the grant or award.

Individual Team Grants

    Many individual NHL teams have grant programs through their community or PR departments. Go to your local team's website to find information on whether or not they accept grants, or call their main office number to inquire about information. Most of these grants are awarded to youth hockey teams that are promoting growth of the game.

About the Author

Alan Bass has been writing since 2008. His work focusing on sports topics has appeared in the "Hockey News" and online at Inside Hockey and HockeyBuzz. He received a presidential award from Muhlenberg College for academic and community achievements, in addition to a bachelor's degree in psychology and business. In 2011, he published a book titled "The Great Expansion: The Ultimate Risk That Changed the NHL Forever."