The Fund, made possible by the gracious spirit and generosity of Scott Pioli, provides direct financial assistance to aspiring female football coaches and scouts who have demonstrated the potential to advance in their careers in college or professional football in the United States.
U.S. female football coaches or scouts in college or professional football who may be part-time coaches or scouts, graduate assistant coaches or scouts or professional coaches or scouts with demonstrated financial need.
Applications will be evaluated and grants will be awarded according to the following criteria:
- Financial need;
- Potential for advancement;
- Lack of support from traditional sources;
- Potential impact of grant on advancing women in college or professional football; and
- Contribution to greater visibility of female athletes
How would the receiving the grant affect compliance with my organization?
Coaches applying for funding are responsible for ensuring their requests falls within all rules and regulations of their governance organization(s).
Grants can be used for reimbursement of job-related expenses including housing expenses
Grant amounts will range between $2,000-$10,000.
How to Apply
During the program application period, an authorized representative must visit Foundant GLM, the Women’s Sports Foundation’s grant-management system, and follow the directions to register a new user profile or update an existing profile. Limit one (1) profile per person/email address. Once your profile is registered, you will be able to save and submit your application on the website.
Please read carefully through the full eligibility requirements and program criteria before starting a Foundant account and applying. Applicants will be judged on what information is available or provided at the time of application submission.
About Scott Pioli
A three-time Super Bowl winner and five-time NFL executive of the year winner, Scott Pioli was named NFL Executive of the Decade by Sporting News and Sports Illustrated and named ESPN Personnel Executive of the Decade. Pioli is passionate about the importance of equality, education and the arts and focuses on those three cornerstones through several initiatives. Pioli most recently served as the assistant general manager for the Atlanta Falcons and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), The Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City (WIN for KC) and the Black College Football Hall of Fame. Pioli also serves on the board for College for Every Student, a national nonprofit committed to underserved youth, most of whom will be first-generation college students. Pioli also founded the WIN for KC Pioli Scholarship, along with a number of academic scholarships geared toward first-generation college students. Pioli joined the Women’s Sports Foundation Board of Trustees in 2018.
Notification of Application Acceptance
You will receive an e-mail at the e-mail address provided in your profile when your application has been received.
Any application that is late, incomplete or requesting funds for an event or purchase of equipment that will occur before the applicant would receive the grant money will not be accepted.
Other conditions under which an application will not be accepted:
- Applications that are e-mailed or faxed
- Applications for programs that require compulsory religious participation
- Applications requesting funding towards the purchase of land, construction of buildings, event sponsorships, providing scholarships to individuals and/or the purchase/care of animals
- Applications requesting retroactive funding
Donate Now to the Scott Pioli & Family Fund
If you questions about making a donation, please contact Camille Mantelin: 646.813.7238 or CMantelin@WomensSportsFoundation.org.
If after reading the guidelines carefully you still have questions, please contact Morgan Powell: 516.307.3971 or MPowell@WomensSportsFoundation.org.