Become an EPIC Partner

Our Philosophy

As stated in our mission, EPIC for Girls funds innovative solutions that address inequities in sports for girls of color. Research shows that access to and participation in the world of sports will have positive impacts in a young girls’ life. Whether you are the star athlete or the team manager, engagement in the team dynamic of sports will increase confidence, improve self-esteem and improve life chances for girls, specifically girls of color.

Priority is given to organizations that align with EPIC for Girls core values of Equity, Collaboration, Courage, Excellence, and Determination. EPIC for Girls will consider applications  from sports programs and those programs that address the whole girl through innovative and thoughtful programming supporting the recruitment and retention of girls in sports.

Benefits

  1. Resources: Gain access to financial resources to help support your organization and expand your funding sources.
  2. Visibility: Join forces with EPIC to increase your organization’s reach and visibility in the community.
  3. Knowledge: Attend professional development trainings and exchanges best practices with other like-minded organizations working to advance girls through sport.
  4. Support: Connect with EPIC staff members to get support on navigating nonprofit management, grant writing, program support, strategic planning, and financial management.

Tentative 2023 Grant Timeline

  1. January 15 – Email team@epicgirls.org and request LOI.
  2. February 1 – Return completed LOI.
  3. February 15 – Invitations to apply will be sent.
  4. March 15 – Completed applications due.
  5. April 1 – Grant Review Team consisting of EPIC and non-EPIC members will send recommendations to EPIC Board.
  6. April 15 – Grant awards announced.
  7. October 31 – Six-Month Grant Report Due.
  8. March 15 – Final Report Due.

Requirements

  1. Nonprofit 501c3 organization or have a fiscal sponsor. 
  2. Serve girls, primarily girls of color, through sports OR Must serve girls, primary girls of color, in an effort to recruit, retain, or enhance participation in sports. 
  3. For sports programs, meet requirements as a grassroots, select or OPS high school sports program. 
  4. Ability to provide data regarding girls served (demographics and zip code), data regarding coaches and/or service provider (demographics and zip code), enrolled school, type of organization, clear budget, and address sustainability of the organization.

Grassroots sports programs are designed to serve as an entry point into sport, practicing regularly for health, educational, and/or social purposes. Programs may be found in the after-school setting or competing in local recreational (non-travel) leagues. 

Characteristics:

  • No fundraising required
  • Everyone makes a team, everyone plays
  • Entry point into sport
  • Practice regularly for health, educational, and/or social purposes
  • Programs may be found in the after-school setting or competing at local recreational (non-travel) leagues

 

Examples from prior funding:

  • Football for the World
  • The Keys Foundation
  • Simple Foundation
  • Ivy League Sports Academy

Select Sports programs have one or more of the following elements: a selection or evaluation process for team formation; competitive league, tournament, or competition play; inter-state travel. Select programs typically require a team fee. 

Characteristics:

  • Typically requires a fee to participate
  • Participate in a competitive league, tournaments, or inter-state travel
  • Fundraising opportunities are generally present to help offset expenses
  • Teams are selected according to age and skill level
  • Players may or may not be cut from teams
  • A selection or evaluation process for team formation.

 

Examples of Select Sports programs from prior funding:

  • Express United
  • NE Hoops Elite
  • Retro Hoops
  • Starlings
  • I AM Dance

Sports programs for females entering high school-senior year of school and enrolled in an OPS Nebraska State Activities Association Sport. OPS female sports programs are eligible to receive matching grant funds from EPIC if they meet the following requirements.

Characteristics:

  • Participate in fundraising efforts to qualify as matching funds
  • Participate in volunteer activities to count toward the matching grant value

 

Examples of OPS Schools from prior funding:

  • Omaha Benson 
  • Omaha South
  • Omaha North
  • Omaha Northwest
  • Omaha Bryan
  • Omaha Central