Last March, the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association rolled out the WFCA Grant program at the Spring Clinic. As a reminder, the purpose of the WFCA Grant is to supplement high school football budgets with an emphasis on the health and well-being of the students participating in state high school programs. The WFCA Grant is designed to enhance programs beyond what a typical budget will cover. Elements such as player safety, injury prevention, and concussion protocol are examples of items the WFCA would entertain and apply weight to in determining recipients of a WFCA Grant. The Grant is not intended for normal budgetary items such as: coach’s salaries, equipment reconditioning, game uniforms, and regular equipment needed to play (helmets, shoulder pads, girdles, etc.), to name a few.
Any high school program can apply for the Grant as long as the head coach is a member of the WFCA. Significance will be applied to schools with a yearly or three-year average budget under $3,000. The maximum dollar amount awarded for a Grant is $3,000.
A total of 64 schools applied for a WFCA Grant. Of those 64 schools, 42 schools were deemed “eligible” for the Grant. This meant the items requested on their Grant application both “supplemented” and “enhanced” their football budget beyond what it typically covered.
Originally, the WFCA Grants were going to be capped at $60,000 in this, the first year. However, because of the large number of schools that met the criteria for the Grant and the WFCA’s desire to recognize as many schools as possible this first year, a decision was made by the Grant Committee and the WFCA Executive Board to honor all Grant requests for “eligible” schools. All schools that met the Grant criteria received a WFCA Grant. The WFCA awarded more than $96,000 in Grants this first year!
The WFCA Grant Committee members were: Matt Binsfeld, Don Kendzior, Steve Lyga, and Tom Swittel.
The WFCA is proud to list the following schools as recipients of the first class of WFCA Grant recipients.
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