The Southern California Tennis Association Foundation (“SCTAF”) (formerly known as the Pacific Southwest Youth Foundation) is the charitable and philanthropic entity of the Southern California Tennis Association and is a 501(C) (3).
SCTAF’s mission is “to promote and develop the growth of tennis in Southern California” by supporting community based grassroots tennis and education programs and deserving junior players with financial grants.
SCTAF currently maintains two grant programs for individual juniors: The Kramer Future Champions Grant (“Kramer Grant”) and the Henry Talbert Summer Tennis Camp Grant (“Talbert Grant”) (collectively, “Grants”). Juniors funded by SCTAF must reside within the Southern California section and must be members of the USTA. Applications for Grants are reviewed by the SCTAF Grant Review Committee of the SCTAF Board of Directors (the “Committee”).
The Kramer Grant is designed to support juniors between the ages of 8 and 18 who show significant promise, aspire to collegiate or professional tennis and demonstrate financial need, to compete in national or sectional tournaments, with the typical grants ranging between $800 and $1200.
The Talbert Grant is designed to support juniors between the ages of 8-16 who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to improving their tennis, but whose families lack the resources to cover the cost of summer tennis camp tuition and fees. Preference is given to those juniors currently enrolled in NJTL programs, after school or Junior Team Tennis programs during the academic year who wish to continue playing during the summer. The typical grant ranges between $500 and $800.
- All applicants for Grants must complete the Grant Application Form.
- All factual information requested must be correctly stated and the quality of written responses to questions will be carefully considered. Applications, including any required supporting documentation, for Kramer Grants must be postmarked by either April 1 or October 1. Talbert Grants must be postmarked by May 15. Incomplete or untimely applications will not be considered.
- Applications will be limited to one Grant per year unless exceptional circumstances warrant additional consideration, in the sole discretion of the Committee.
- Grants may not be used to pay for USTA membership.
- As the applications are need based, applicants will be required to state household income.
- Applicants are solely responsible for determining that a receipt of a Grant will not adversely affect their NCAA eligibility.
- All applicants must demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship.
- Factors considered when evaluating applications include, but are not limited to, age, sectional or national rankings, annual improvement, number of tournaments played, family income/financial need, and other resources available to the applicant.