Lowcountry Tennis Association
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3rd Round of the Southern Cares Grant
Below is information regarding the 3Round of the Southern Cares Grant, which covers tennis providers listed below that were not covered in the first or second round of Southern Cares grant opportunities
If you know of someone who would be a good candidate for this initiative, please forward this information to them.
This is a limited needs-based financial assistance program for tennis providers who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, because of reduced tennis activity in the Southern Section.
- For individuals and organizations that provide tennis opportunities or work in the tennis industry in the Southern Section.
- One (1) award from USTA Southern per person/organization.
- Those who have previously been a recipient of a Southern Cares grant are ineligible for this grant.
- Deadline to apply is July 6, 2020, with the possibility of additional application periods.
- Recipients are required to be members of the USTA Southern Section.
- Any awards granted to an applicant and the amount shall be at USTA Southern’s sole discretion.
- Submission of an application does not guarantee that applicant will receive a grant/award.
- A copy of your application will be shared with the USTA state office where you reside.
- USTA Southern is not responsible if receiving these funds precludes an individual or organization from receiving funds from another source
The USTA Southern Cares Initiative offers aid to those who provide tennis to communities within the Southern tennis family due to the impact of COVID-19. The purpose of this specific initiative and application is to provide financial support for those including tournament directors, league coordinators (Junior and Adult), officials, CTAs, NJTLs, Adaptive Programs and Wheelchair Programs who have lost income or revenue due to the cancellation of events and to help defray costs of restarting tennis programs. Funds received are not eligible to cover pro/instructor compensation or facility needs as alternative grant applications were available for that purpose. Only one grant application per person can be accepted.
Funding will be determined based on demonstrated need and revenue/income lost. Applications will be evaluated in the order received and funding awarded at the sole discretion of USTA Southern. Not all applications may be funded, and the deadline to apply is July 6, 2020.
Southern Cares Application Link – https://form.jotform.com/201214137445142
- Applicant completes and digitally signs the online application.
- Once the application is submitted, USTA Southern will:
- Evaluate the application
- Review applications with appropriate state offices
- Communicate with applicant to clarify or gather additional information, if necessary
- Generate an evaluation based on if the application meets the criteria for award
- Make an award decision
USTA Southern will notify all applicants, informing them of their granted or declined award. If granted an award, the recipient must provide a current W-9 and follow all instructions from USTA Southern.
Update on LCTA Suspension of Play, June 11th, 2020-Dates noted below are subject to change
Beginning June 1st, 2020, the Suspension of USTA League Tennis was lifted and the decision to reactivate competitive tennis was at the discretion of the State and the Local League.After a long analysis – which included dialogue with the USTA, the USTA South Carolina, the Lowcountry Facilities and our Players – we have reached the following decision and are announcing a plan to restart the LCTA Local League.
These are the following Points of Note:
- The LCTA has decided to officially cancel the Spring, Mixed and Combo Leagues for the 2020 season(s). However, we ask that teams who wish to play out any Spring matches, please do so by communicating with your fellow captains. No scores will be entered into Tennislink and no one will be penalized for not playing.
- The LCTA will activate an Enhanced and Elongated Fall Season that will begin play in Mid August and end in Mid November – the Fall Season will include (2) one-week breaks. You will also see some innovative activities that will amplify competition and the enjoyment of the game.
- The Fall League registration will begin on Monday July 6th and will end on Monday August 3rd and we will be lowering the registration fee from $15 dollars to $10 dollars. The Captain’s registration fee will be lowered to $5 dollars (we will be emailing captains a coupon before registration begins). You will need to contact your facility to determine if guests will be allowed to enter for league play before registering a team.
- The Fall Season, will now become The LCTA Championship Season, and will conclude with a New, Exciting Event – The Pfeiffer Cup – a Low Country Championship Tournament – which will include the two top teams in each flight playing to determine the Lowcountry Champion. The Championship Tournament will be a Prestigious Award for Winning Teams and will add meaning along with contributing a new Competitive Spirit to the Season.
- The Lowcountry Championship Tournament is named after Bob Pfeiffer, Our Tennis Pioneer who established the LCTA decades ago. The Tournament will include cash prizes for Tournament winners, and we will also have our LCTA Player Appreciation Party during the weekend tournament. There will be more details to follow, although this is based upon conditions at that time.
- The LCTA will refund any requests for Spring registration fees from players that did not play a match and all Mixed registration fees. USTA South Carolina will offer these same players the option to have a credit applied to their Tennislink account versus a refund. We will forward details soon.
- In terms of Player Ratings, we are awaiting information from the USTA on how ratings will be determined. We will provide that information to you upon receipt.
There were a significant amount of Difficult Hurdles in trying to re-establish the Spring, Mixed and Combo Leagues. We believe the Enhanced and Elongated Championship Season is the best and safest way forward. We will continue to be working diligently to bring you a Tennis League of the Highest Quality and Professionalism.
The opportunity for flexibility will only exist this year and we are expecting to resume our normal league schedule in 2021. We appreciate your Patience, Understanding and Optimism as we bring Tennis back to the Lowcountry.
Dee Mack – Local League Coordinator
Bill Ennis – Overall Women’s Coordinator
Jen McCool – Overall Men’s Coordinator
Alice Kryder -Men’sSenior Coordinator
William Snead – Women’s Senior Coordinator
Steve Speer – Senior Scheduling Coordinator