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The USEF Opportunity Fund is a grant-making resource dedicated to supporting grassroots organizations with a mission to increase access to horses, horse sports, and equine-based learning opportunities among under-represented and/or under-served communities. The USEF Opportunity Fund aims to extend the reach and impact of such organizations, further empowering them to connect with their local communities. Grants will be awarded beginning in 2022 and 100% of funds collected will be dedicated to supporting the USEF Community Outreach Organizations initiative.


Program Area Priorities

Under-represented and under-served communities in equestrian sport, including but not limited to:

  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals/communities
  • Veterans and active military personnel
  • Persons with disabilities
  • LGBTQ+ community
  • Low-income individuals and families
  • Geographical diversity (state/national region, urban areas, rural areas)


Eligibility Criteria to Submit a Grant Request

  • Must be a current Community Outreach Organization listed on the directory
  • Must be located in a U.S. state or territory
  • Must make a submission during the application period. Late submissions and unsolicited submissions will not be accepted.
  • Grants may be used for programmatic or operational costs
    • General operating support—This type allows a grantee to decide how funds are used, although most foundations and grantees have conversations about expectations and intended outcomes.
    • Project support grant—This grant funds a particular program or project.
  • While not a definitive list, we typically would not fund requests for the following:
    • Endowments (e.g. establishing an investment fund or a permanent, self-sustaining source of funding)
    • Events (e.g. fundraisers, conferences, workshops)
    • Individual assistance (e.g. tuition, financial support, emergency aid, etc.)


How to Submit a Grant Request

Details about how to submit a grant request and the evaluation process for those submissions will be announced in 2022.


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