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T-MOBILE LITTLE LEAGUE® CALL UP GRANT FAQS

General FAQs

What is the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant?

A program dedicated to directly assisting families in need by helping to cover registration fees associated with their local Little League program. T-Mobile and Little League share the belief that every child should have the chance to experience Little League, regardless of their financial or personal situation.

How is the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant funded?

Our partners at T-Mobile donated $2 million dollars to the Call Up Grant during the 2020 MLB Postseason by way of their Beyond the Bases content series, text-to-donate campaign, and home runs hit by some of MLB’s biggest stars.

Families

How do I apply for a T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant?

Families interested in applying should visit LittleLeague.org/CallUpGrant. The program offers a simple-to-use application. Prior to applying, families should find their local league by visiting PlayLittleLeague.org and reach out to their league for more information about registration dates and fees, which will be needed when filling out the application.

If I have already paid and registered my child in our league for the 2021 season, can I apply for reimbursement via the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant?

Families who have already paid and registered their child are still encouraged to apply for this grant. If you are approved, please request a refund from your local league.

How often can I apply for a T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant?

An application will only be approved once per year for each qualified child while funds are available.If an application is declined for insufficient documentation, please re-apply once you have secured the appropriate documentation.

Does each child in the same family need a separate T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant application?

Yes, please submit a separate application for each child that you are requesting a grant for.

Am I guaranteed a T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant if I apply?

Grant funding will be provided as resources allow and are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis for all qualified families. Families are required to provide eligibility documentation during the application process. In 2020, 9 out of 10 applications were approved.

How soon can I expect to hear a decision on my T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant application?

You will be notified of your application status within five business days.

How old does my child have to be to qualify for a T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant?

Eligible families with children age 4 – 16 qualify to receive funding. Click here to verify your child’s league age.

Who is eligible to receive a T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant?

Low-income families in communities across the country who can present verifications such as a Free/Reduced Lunch Verification letter, SNAP, WIC, Foster Child Paperwork, or enrollment in Medicaid or State Health Plans. Eligible families who are interested in joining a local league for the 2021 season, with children as young as 4 years old, who have not yet registered with their league, are encouraged to apply for a grant before their registration closes.

What eligibility documentation do I need to provide in order to be approved for a T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant?

Families must submit an electronic copy of one of the following current enrollment documents that include child’s name and eligibility dates verifying their low-income status to complete the application:

  • Free/Reduced Lunch (FRL) verification letter
  • SNAP Enrollment documentation with dates
  • WIC Enrollment documentation with dates
  • Foster child paperwork
  • Enrollment in Medicaid or state health plan with effective dates

Note: All applications submitted without up-to-date documentation will automatically be declined.We encourage you to re-apply when you can provide current documentation.

What if I no longer have a Free/Reduced Lunch (FRL) verification letter or other documentation verifying my low-income status?

Families should use another form of documentation to complete their application:

  • SNAP Enrollment documentation with dates
  • WIC Enrollment documentation with dates
  • Foster child paperwork
  • Enrollment in Medicaid or state health plan with effective dates

Note: All applications submitted without up-to-date documentation will automatically be declined. We encourage you to reapply when you can provide current documentation.

What if I’m with a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school?

Families will need to provide another approved form of documentation to complete their application:

  • SNAP Enrollment documentation with dates
  • WIC Enrollment documentation with dates
  • Foster child paperwork
  • Enrollment in Medicaid or state health plan with effective dates

Note: All applications submitted without up-to-date documentation will automatically be declined. We encourage you to reapply when you can provide current documentation.

What if my registration fees exceed $125?

The T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant will cover a family’s registration fees up to $125; however, we understand that some local league’s fees are higher than that allotted amount to help cover their operating expenses. While registration fees and equipment needs for youth activities are a reality, at no time should payment be a prerequisite for participation in the Little League program. It is important for leagues to find a way to ensure that every child has the opportunity to be a part of the program, no matter their family’s financial or personal situation. We encourage families in this scenario to work with their local league’s Board of Directors to identify other solutions to help offset those registration costs and ensure those children have the opportunity to enjoy the Little League experience. Additional tips for leagues on how to handle this situation can be found on LittleLeagueUniversity.org.

What if my T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant application is denied, but I still have a financial need that restricts my child’s ability to play?

While registration fees and equipment needs for youth activities are a reality, at no time should payment be a prerequisite for participation in the Little League program. It is important for leagues to find a way to ensure that every child has the opportunity to be a part of the program, no matter their family’s financial or personal situation. We encourage families in this scenario to work with their Little League Board of Directors to identify other solutions to help offset those registration costs and ensure those children have the opportunity to enjoy the Little League experience. Additional tips for leagues on how to handle this situation can be found on LittleLeagueUniversity.org

If my child was approved for a T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant, but our league was unable to resume play for the 2020 season, do I need to reapply in 2021?

Please contact your local league. We’ve recommended that your league utilize grant funds received in 2020 to support your child’s registration fees for the 2021 season.

Leagues

Do club or travel teams qualify for the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant?

No. Only families signing-up to play in a chartered Little League Baseball and Softball program are eligible. To find a local league near you visit PlayLittleLeague.org.

How does my league receive payment for a child that is approved for a T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant?

The first time an application is approved for a family in your league, your league will receive an email from [email protected] with instructions on how to register with their payment processing platform, Tipalti. Leagues can request to receive payment either via a check or ACH. ACH is the preferred payment method as it is the most efficient and cost-effective means for receiving payment. Once the registration is complete, leagues will be able to see every payment that was issued, and which children were supported. You can also visit Every Kid Sport Landing Page to learn more about registering with their payment processing platform.

All league contacts (Presidents, Player Agents, and Treasurers) will be notified via email using the information provided on the Little League Data Center and it is important that local leagues make sure their league officer information is up to date.

How quickly will my league receive payment after a child is approved for a T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant?

Leagues will be notified as soon as a child in their league is approved. Payment will be made to leagues six (6) weeks prior to the start of their season. Please contact Every Kid Sports at [email protected] with any payment related questions.

Through the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant text-to-donate campaign, it said that donations will go to a specific zip code. How do I know how much money our league will receive and how will we receive it?

As applications are approved, the funds donated through the text-to-donate campaign will be distributed based on zip code. If there are no grant recipients in a particular zip code, funds will be redirected to a recipient elsewhere in that state. Additional, general non-geographic-specific funds are also available in an effort to support as many eligible families as possible.

How can I promote the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant in my community?

Downloadable resources are available for local leagues to help promote the program within their community to encourage new families to join including:

  • Letter to the Community
  • Social Media Posts
  • Website Graphics
  • Pre-built Flyers
  • Email Headers
If my league was unable to resume play for the 2020 season, what do I do with funds received for any child who was approved for a T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant?

Grant funds should be utilized to support registration fees for these children for the 2021 season. If they age out of your local league, or are unable to participate for any reason, please allocate these funds for another scholarship player or eligible player in need.

 

 

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