US Rugby Foundation Grant Program Overview

USAY&HSR in conjunction with the US Rugby Foundation has established a national program that provides seed funding to new High School rugby programs throughout the USA pursuant to Grant Request receipt and acceptance.


Grants will be received directly by USAY&HS via an application process. The link to the application form can be found here. USAY&HS will review all required material and will work directly with the program to complete the application successfully. Once USAY&HS has established the school is ready to proceed, a submission of funds request will be made to US Rugby Foundation.

USRF will review these submissions for completeness promptly and funds will be released for payment to the high school rugby program upon completion of the review.

Application Period:

Each application will be assessed by USA Y&HSR for completeness and will work through the SYRO and applying parties to ensure all contents and parameters are thoroughly met. If successful, the grants will be for the registration period of September 2022 – August 2023.

Applicants must be new programs and they must have association with the named High School.

Round 1: Applications will be accepted between March 17th, 2022 and July 31st 2022.

Round 2: Applications will be accepted between January 2nd, 2023 and February 14th 2023.

Application Contents:

High School
HS Administration Sing-offs on School Rugby Program
Practice and Home Playing Field(s) Confirmed
Coach(s) – (if different, both boys and girls team coaches)
Financial Plan

New High School Rugby Program Grant Recipients

The US Rugby Foundation (USRF) and USA Youth & High School Rugby (USAY&HSR) have partnered in an effort to increase the number of high school rugby programs throughout the United States. With the USRF providing the funding and the USAY&HSR doing the vetting process, there have been a total of 14 new high school rugby programs selected to receive the seed funding that have come through the first and second application rounds. The goal is for at least 20 new high school rugby programs to be created through this process.

A key mission and function of this program is to drive sustainable growth and legacies for the entire community to benefit from. As such, applications that were submitted to USAY&HSR were assessed based on the following criteria: governance structure, financial plan and budget, rugby development plan, and fields/equipment.

In this recent application round, nine new programs have been selected to receive a grant to help them form their new rugby program:

Hudson Catholic High School (New Jersey)

St John’s College (Washington DC)

Orange Lutheran (California)

Ascend Leadership Academy (North Carolina)

Cumberland Valley (Pennsylvania)

Serra High School (California)

Madison Exiles (Wisconsin)

Grove City (Ohio)

Canton High School (Massachusetts)

Congratulations to the selected programs. We look forward to seeing your success on the pitch!

Round 1 recipients

Scotland Chapel
Scotland, Pennsylvania

Worcester High School
Worcester, Massachusetts

San Juan RFC
Farmington, New Mexico

Warren Easton
New Orleans, Louisiana

Loyola High School
Los Angeles, California