Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation Accepting Applications for 2016-17 Monthly Grants

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation today announced they will be accepting applications from non-profit organizations beginning today, Wednesday, August 10 for the Foundation's seven grants for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Over the past 10 seasons, the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation has given more than $750,000 through the grant application process to qualifying organizations.

Each month during the 2016-17 season, the FastBreak Foundation will focus on a specific area of giving. The Foundation will award two $5,000 grants for each of the seven months of the season (October-April). In addition to the grant, the winners will receive tickets to a game where they will be honored on court.

Organizations interested in obtaining a grant application can log on to http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/community/giving.html, or e-mail the FastBreak Foundation at fastbreakfoundation@timberwolves.com.

For the third consecutive season the FastBreak Foundation is incorporating a rolling application deadline. Grant proposals for the month being applied for are due 6 weeks prior to the start of that month. Winners will be selected 3 weeks prior to each month.

The following are the monthly deadlines:

Month                Theme                                       Due Date

  • October        New Season, New Beginnings      Sept. 9, 2016
  • November     Operation Minnesota Heroes       Sept. 23, 2016
  • December     Season of Giving                         Oct. 21, 2016
  • January         WolvesFit                                     Nov. 18, 2016
  • February       Read to Achieve                           Dec. 23, 2016
  • March           WolvesCare                                  Jan. 20, 2017
  • April             Think Green                                 Feb. 17, 2017

Grants will be awarded based on the following themes:

  • New Season, New Beginnings: Organizations that offer youth a new direction or opportunity.
  • Operation Minnesota Heroes: Organizations supporting Minnesota military troops and their families.
  • Season of Giving: Organizations that serve families in need during the holiday season.
  • WolvesFit: Organizations that focus efforts on health and fitness for youth.
  • Read to Achieve: Organizations that focus on literacy and encourage a life-long love for reading.
  • WolvesCare: Organizations that focus efforts on supporting children fighting life-threatening illnesses.
  • Think Green: Organizations that focus on preserving and improving the environment.

About the FastBreak Foundation

The Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation provides and supports hands-on programs that positively impact Minnesota youth. Through giving, education and basketball opportunities, the Foundation enables young people to make responsible decisions, contribute to their futures, and experience lifelong memories. In the past year, the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation and the Minnesota Lynx Foundation have combined to impact more than 2,000 organizations with $750,000 in in-kind donations, 13,000 Tickets for Kids donations, more than 4,000 volunteer hours, 45 Heroes in the Making on-court presentations, and fourteen $5,000 grants.

The FastBreak Foundation is proud to be supported by the Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation.