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Mission

The mission of Carolina Panthers Charities is to assess the needs of communities in North and South Carolina and develop programs and partnerships that create measurable and sustainable change. Our goal is to harness the resources and energy of the NFL, Carolina Panthers and our partners - corporate, civic and grassroots - to create new athletic opportunities for children, support their educational needs and promote healthy lifestyles for families in the Carolinas. Carolina Panthers Charities is a donor advised fund of the Foundation For The Carolinas. It is endowed by Panthers Football, LLC and Panthers Stadium, LLC.

Carolina Panthers 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. Past scholarship winners are now working in medicine, politics, law and education. 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. Apply for a Carolina Panthers Charities grant. The application deadline is May 1 each year.

Youth Football Grants

The Carolina Panthers provide several grant options to support youth football organizations at the grassroots level. Many athletic organizations and associations in the Carolinas benefit from these programs each year. Local level grant opportunities are available through the NFL Grassroots Field Grant Program and USA Football.

Equipment Grants

Carolina Panthers Fisher Athletic Equipment Grants - The program awards 10 equipment grants, each with a retail value of approximately $1,000, to high schools in the Carolinas. Organizations must meet certain requirements to be eligible for the Carolina Panthers Fisher Athletic Equipment Grant. In order to apply, the Carolina Panthers Fisher Athletic Equipment Grant application must be completed in its entirety and include all specified information in the designated order.

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. Visit the USA Football grants page for more information.

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.