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Marco Polo Program

The Marco Polo Program was conceived and approved by the PDGA Board in 2011. The goals of this program are to support the introduction and development of disc golf into new countries around the world. The program will provide funding for innovative international projects that promote the growth of disc golf, and that create links between the PDGA, the countries, and the local disc golf communities. We are aiming to create permanent and sustainable disc golf scenes all over the globe. Grants will be provided to PDGA international members in Europe, Asia, Oceania, Central and South America and elsewhere, and to USA/Canada members who have the opportunity to travel overseas. Maximum grant amount requested cannot exceed $3,000.

Materials and equipment purchased with grant funding must become the property of an in-country participating not-for–profit disc golf, sports or community association or group, and not the individual participants.

Applications may be submitted at any time. Following PDGA review, including requests for further information, applicants will be notified of the PDGA’s decision. Grants may or may not reflect the amount requested.

Guidelines and Eligibility

  • Funding is for programs and projects in countries outside of USA and Canada.
  • Applicants must be 18 and a current PDGA member.
  • PDGA staff, consultants and Board are not eligible for grants.
  • Recipients must submit progress reports, including, within one month after project completion a final report for projects lasting 3 months or less, as well as quarterly reports for projects lasting longer than 3 months. These reports should be well written with the intent of publication by PDGA, and should include photos of the activities, and other supporting information such as press coverage, testimonial and thank you letters.
  • Grants may be used to fund purchases and activities for 12 months from the date of award approval. Applications that include activities scheduled prior to the date of notification will not be considered.

Non-PDGA Grants

The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to present its 2014 Report of its Development Grants Program and put out the call for new grants applications for 2015. In 2014 a total of US$ 26,739 was committed and the WFDF board has budgeted up to US$24,000 for 2015, with individual grants limited to no more than US$1,500 each. WFDF also plans to expand this year its disc missionary program, providing discs to travelers to areas with limited disc activity.

For more details on the WFDF grants, please visit the Development Grants announcement on the official WFDF website.