NFL/LISC Grassroots Program and Vikings Grant $250,000 for Conway Community Center Field

Posted Mar 7, 2018

Vikings, NFL and LISC have now awarded 11 grants, totaling $1.85 million to local organizations.

The Sanneh Foundation will renovate the existing outdoor athletic fields at the Conway Community Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota, thanks in part to a $250,000 grant from the Minnesota Vikings through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program.

The grant from the Vikings, the NFL Foundation, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is part of more than $3 million in field refurbishment awards allocated this year. It is the 11th grant, totaling $1.85 milllion, the partners have provided to Minnesota organizations.

The NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Program, a partnership between the NFL Foundation and LISC, the nation’s leading community development support organization, has committed nearly $46 million to the program since 1998, supporting 336 projects nationwide. Fields are newly built or significantly renovated, with improvements including irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf. Grassroots grants are issued once established funding thresholds are reached for each project.

“The Vikings understand the importance of safe fields in creating a space for youth to grow not only as athletes but as members of our community,” said Vikings Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Lester Bagley. “We are proud to do our part in making the community a better place for our youth to thrive and stay active.”

LISC identifies local, nonprofit, community-based agencies that have an interest in building or refurbishing football fields in schools and neighborhood parks. Through the program, local agencies are provided with the necessary financing and technical assistance to improve the quality and safety of fields in their communities. The agencies oversee the construction, maintenance and programming of the fields.

“Congratulations to all the recipients! We are grateful to the NFL Foundation for its 20- year partnership with LISC and its unending commitment to improve the lives of residents in communities across the country,” said Maurice A. Jones, President and CEO of LISC. “Providing quality recreational opportunities significantly increases the assets of neighborhoods and the well-being of the people who live there. We look forward to continuing our work with the NFL Foundation to forge healthy, resilient communities of opportunity and choice – good places to live, work, do business, visit and raise families.”