The Atlanta United Foundation (AUF) and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are partnering for GA100, a statewide mini-pitch campaign with the goal of constructing up to 100 mini-pitches across the state, leading into the 2026 World Cup.

The campaign began in 2020, and four grants were awarded in Phase One to The Cherokee Youth Foundation, Coastal Outreach Soccer, Sweetwater Mission and The Bainbridge Decatur County Recreation Authority to begin construction. In June 2021, eight grants were awarded to six additional organizations across Georgia for Phase Two construction. See below for more information on the first and second phase of pitches.

We are now taking applications for Phase Three to award up to eight more grants with the goal of providing underserved communities in Georgia with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local soccer mini-pitches. Information on how to qualify and apply can be found below.

Phase 1 Winners
Phase 1 Winners
Cherokee Youth Foundation

Cherokee Youth Foundation

The Cherokee Youth Foundation’s mission is to support the youth of Cherokee County Georgia through opportunities in sports and other character-building activities. The plan to convert Harmon Field Park into a mini-pitch field is part of a larger project to allow more use by city residents. The revitalized space will allow for special events, community gatherings along with organized and pick-up soccer. Approximately 700 youth soccer players in addition to the greater community will use the new soccer pitch.

Coastal Outreach Soccer

Coastal Outreach Soccer

Coastal Outreach Soccer is a 501(c) (3)nonprofit serving more than 200 student-athletes from Brunswick and Glynn County through twelve months soccer-based after-school program. The futsal court at Howard Coffin Park will be located in a portion of the park that is currently not in use due to structural safety concerns. The construction of the futsal court will allow Coastal Outreach to expand its soccer programming and the repair of this section of Howard Coffin Park will be a benefit to the community at large.

Sweetwater Mission

Sweetwater Mission

Since 1968, Sweetwater Mission has stabilized families by providing food, clothing, education and support services to neighbors in need. The development of the mini-pitch soccer field will support healthy life-style activities. The mini-pitch soccer field at South Cobb Pocket Park will be a multi-generation recreation space that will serve over 1,000 youth and adults.

Bainbridge Decatur County Recreation Authority

Bainbridge Decatur County Recreation Authority

The mission of the Bainbridge Decatur County Recreation Authority (BDCRA) is to inspire and empower the residents of Bainbridge and Decatur County by providing fun competitive sports, special events, and safe facilities that encourage health and wellness. BDCRA will use its expertise to convert four baseball fields at the Bill Reynolds Sports Complex into a soccer complex that will feature multiple mini-pitch soccer fields. More than 200 youth and adults will use the field including youth soccer leagues, local schools, and the larger community.

Phase 2 Winners
Phase 2 Winners
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity – Atlanta Pitch

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity – Atlanta Pitch

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity strives for an Atlanta where all people have access to quality affordable housing in safe, vibrant neighborhoods with opportunities to thrive. This grant will install a mini-pitch soccer field at the Browns Mill Village affordable housing development in Southeast Atlanta. Approximately over 150 youth will utilize the field.

Soccer in the Streets – Clarkston Pitch

Soccer in the Streets – Clarkston Pitch

Soccer in the Streets creates young leaders who live rich lives and cultivate healthy communities through the game of soccer. Funding will help repurpose an existing basketball court into a mini-pitch soccer field located in the Clarkston community where over 300 youth will utilize the mini-pitch soccer field.

Upper 90 – 3 pitches in Buford (Loganville/Clarkston)

Upper 90 – 3 pitches in Buford (Loganville/Clarkston)

Since 2011, UPPER 90 has been serving more than 600 children in 8 different communities throughout Atlanta by empowering them to win on the field and in life. Awarded funds for three mini-pitches, Upper 90 will install pitches at the Envision Atlanta Center in Clarkston and Gwinnett Estates Mobile Home in Loganville, and make improvements to the English Oaks mini-pitch in Clarkston.

Chapel Hill Middle School – Decatur Pitch

Chapel Hill Middle School – Decatur Pitch

Located in Decatur, GA, Chapel Hill Middle School will install an acrylic mini-pitch soccer field surface with walls, lighting, and goal installation.

Sequoyah Middle School – Doraville Pitch

Sequoyah Middle School – Doraville Pitch

Located in Doraville, GA, Sequoyah Middle School will install an acrylic mini-pitch soccer field surface with walls, lighting, and goal installation.

Calvary Day School – Savannah Pitch

Calvary Day School – Savannah Pitch

Located in Savannah, GA, Calvary Day School will install a mini- pitch soccer field at the Outdoor Education Center where approximately over 1,000 youth will utilize the mini- pitch soccer field.

Phase 3
Phase 3

In partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the Atlanta United Foundation (AUF) is launching phase three of a statewide mini-pitch program, with the goal of constructing up to 100 mini-pitches across the state leading into the 2026 World Cup:

o Phase Three: Construction of mini-pitches in underserved communities in Georgia to increase access to safe sports activities, specifically soccer, for youth in underserved communities across the state

o Match Funding: The grant requires a minimum community local match of one dollar for every AUF dollar (1:1) of up to $75,000

FOCUS

  • To provide low to moderate income neighborhoods and communities in Georgia the financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local mini-pitch soccer fields
  • Communities must demonstrate safe access to mini pitch fields and youth soccer programming
  • To create anchors for placemaking in Georgia communities through the game of soccer and Atlanta United (the more creative field locations and design, the better!)

IMPORTANT DATES

  • RFP Launch Phase 3: August 9, 2021 – these pitches will be the anchor examples leading into additional phases of GA 100Phase
  • RFP Informational Webinar: August 31,2021Register Here: GA 100 Phase 3 Webinar
  • Follow-up Informational Webinar: September 30, 2021
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: October 29, 2021
  • Proposal Review/Evaluation Process: October 30 – November 20, 2021
  • Award Notifications and Announcements: December 2021 (TBD)

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Any questions on GA 100 or the RFP process, please contact the following:

ABOUT THE ATLANTA UNITED FOUNDATION

The Atlanta United Foundation (AUF) strives to make the game of soccer accessible and inclusive for individuals across the state of Georgia. Through the global game of soccer, our grant programs stress the importance of physical fitness while building a supportive culture of play and sportsmanship. AUF invests in nonprofit organizations that make soccer fun, exciting, and accessible for individuals who otherwise would not get to participate. AUF is an affiliated fund of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

About Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is a national non-profit with a community focus that operates in over 30 cities and urban areas across the United States. In collaboration with local community groups, LISC helps identify local priorities and challenges, transforming distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities. Through LISC’s Sports & Recreation program, improved access to 400 safe recreation spaces has been provided across the nation, serving over a million youth.