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 up to the 2026 World Cup.

This September, 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 on mini-pitches. See below for more information on the first phase of pitches.

We are now taking applications for Phase Two to award 16 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, mini-pitch soccer fields. Information on how to qualify and apply can be found below.

 PHASE ONE WINNERS
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 gathering 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 is a 501(c) (3)nonprofit serving more than 200 student athletes from Brunswick and Glynn County through a 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
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
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.
 ELIGIBILITY

To qualify for GA100 funding, organizations must:

  • Be a community-based organization, elementary, middle or high school serving a neighborhood consisting of primarily of low-moderate income families and individuals within the state of Georgia.
  • Schools must demonstrate the access/ability of local community to utilize the field.
  • Have at least one full-time staff member. (All-volunteer organizations will not be considered).
  • Been in existence for at least three years.
  • Have a track record in real estate development, community development and/or athletic programing.
  • Have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or school tax exempt status.
  • Located in the state of Georgia