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Carolina Panthers Fan of the Year Application

The Carolina Panthers Fan of the Year Award was created in 2017 to recognize Panthers fans that are creating positive change in their communities. The award, which is given annually by Carolina Panthers Charities, will be presented to the winning fan in surprise fashion in early December.

Non-profit organizations are encouraged to nominate one volunteer or community advocate to be considered for the Carolina Panthers Fan of the Year award. Nominees will be considered based on their commitment to the Carolina Panthers and their impact on his or her community.

Nominations will be accepted October 1 – November 15. A $100,000 contribution will be donated to the winner’s charity of choice, courtesy of Carolina Panthers Charities. The 2017 Fan of the Year will be honored during the team’s home game versus the Minnesota Vikings on December 10.

Application Requirements

  • Nominations must be submitted online using the Fan of the Year application.
  • All applications should be submitted with a letter of support from a 501©3 non-profit organization
  • The team will only make donations to organizations defined as tax-exempt under Section 501©3 of the IRS Code. Therefore, a 501©3 Determination Letter is required to submit a nomination.

General Application and Award Guidelines

  • All nominees must be Panthers fans
  • Self-nominations will be accepted
  • If an application is submitted by a third party on behalf of a nominee, it is recommended that applicants secure all rights, permissions and/or clearances from the nominee before submission.
  • Application should not contain information or images that are irrelevant to the purpose of the Fan of the Year program.
  • Duplicate nominations, either on behalf of a fan or non-profit organization, will not be accepted.

Carolina Panthers Graduate Scholarship

The Carolina Panthers award two $10,000 scholarships each year to outstanding student-athletes who have completed their undergraduate work and are seeking support for their graduate level studies. Scholarships are awarded to one male and one female student-athlete in North Carolina or South Carolina on the basis of leadership, citizenship and academic merit. For more information, please contact the Foundation For The Carolinas at 704-973-4500.

Carolina Panthers Players Sam Mills Memorial Scholarship

The Carolina Panthers players award two $5,100 scholarships each year to outstanding high school senior student-athletes who are seeking support for their undergraduate college level studies. Scholarships are awarded to one male and one female student-athlete on the basis of leadership, community service and academic merit. Applications are considered from candidates who are residents of Mecklenburg County in North Carolina and Spartanburg County in South Carolina. For more information, please contact the Foundation For The Carolinas at 704-973-4500.

Community Grants

Carolina Panthers Charities Funding is available to non-profit agencies whose missions address the educational, athletic and human services needs of communities throughout North and South Carolina. Resources are also made available to arts, science and civic organizations in the Carolinas. Grants are made once a year and are awarded to non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable organizations that are exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applications are traditionally accepted between October 1 and March 1 each year.

Academy Sports + Outdoors Equipment Grants

The Carolina Panthers and Academy Sports + Outdoors offer $5,000 annually in equipment grants that provide new football equipment for youth football programs in the Carolinas. Five grants, each with a retail value of approximately $1,000, are awarded. Applications traditionally open in April and close in May each year.

USA Football Equipment Grants

The USA Football Equipment Grant program provides youth leagues and high school programs in the United States with more than $500,000 worth of new football equipment annually. USA Football awards youth football equipment grants of up to $1,000 and high school football equipment grants of up to $1,500. Dozens of organizations in the Carolinas receive support through this program each year. Applications traditionally open in late April/early May each year. For more information, visit USA Football Grants.

NFL Grassroots Field Grant Program

The NFL Grassroots Field Grant Program is a joint venture between the NFL and Local Initiatives Support Corporation. The NFL Grassroots Field Grant Program provides non-profit groups, neighborhood-based organizations and high schools in low to moderate income areas with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of football fields in underserved areas of NFL markets. The program makes matching grants of up to $250,000 available for capital improvement projects, including field surface grants and general field support. Applications are traditionally due December 15 each year with grant winners notified by March. For more information, including a request for proposals form and eligibility requirements, visit the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

NFL Hometown Huddle

The NFL Hometown Huddle is a league-wide day of service and play each fall where the Panthers work with the United Way to make special community visits promoting the PLAY 60 message and importance of community service. In celebration of Hometown Huddle, the Panthers will award PLAY 60 grants to schools and service organizations across North and South Carolina to support youth health and wellness programs, including playground refurbishments, purchase of physical education equipment or interactive fitness installations. Applications will be accepted through September 1 each year.

NFL Foundation

The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football - from players at all levels to communities across the country. The National Football League Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health and safety of athletes, youth football and the communities which support our game.