The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA.) The fund awards grants to organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities.
The mission of BTF is to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball throughout the world.
BTF funds programs, fields, coaches training and uniforms, equipment and other selected program expenses.
In addition, BTF provides educational support to grant recipients and applicants, to help organizations become self-sufficient and effective.
Announced during the 1999 World Series, the fund began with a $10 million commitment by MLB and the MLBPA, and since then, both parties have agreed to additional, annual contributions which have more than tripled the original commitment.
BTF awards grants on a quarterly basis. The fund awards an average of 55 grants per year averaging more than $1.8 million annually.
Through FY2014, BTF has awarded over 820 grants totaling more than $27 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.
The fund is overseen by an seven-person Board of Directors, which meets quarterly. Chaired by Roland W. Betts, Chairman of Chelsea Piers Management, LLC in New York City, the BTF Board of Directors is comprised of senior executives from MLB and the MLBPA.
In 2000, Cathy Bradley was named the executive director. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the fund including reviewing and recommending grant applications.