The USPA Executive Committee recognizes the importance of the USPA I/I Program and has approved funds for the enhancement and support of Intercollegiate Clubs. The Start-up & Enhancement (S&E) Program was designed to assist in carrying out the Mission Statement and Strategic Goals of the I/I Committee by helping to grow and sustain the sport of polo at the I/I level. The S&E program provides valuable expertise and know-how in starting, developing and enhancing Intercollegiate Programs. If you are an Interscholastic program contact your club’s PDI representative.
In short, the I/I Start-up & Enhancement Program (I/I S&E) is designed to support projects that:
- Support new Intercollegiate Programs
- Enhance existing Intercollegiate Programs
The 2017 I/I S&E Fund consists of $28,000 available to fund items such as tack, equipment, mallets, balls, etc. All approved items must be reimbursable. Outflows from the I/I S&E fund are not to exceed $2,000 per club/school/year.
The I/I S&E is not available to fund:
- Travel Expenses.
- Transportation of horses.
- Arena/Horse Rentals.
- Personal Items.
- Clinics, Coaches, etc.
- Arena Building/Improvements
- Horse Care/Feed/Board
- Team Jerseys
Items purchased with USPA I/I S&E Funds are property of the approved club and are to remain with that club until the item is of no longer serviceable. USPA will commit to a fair and timely evaluation period once a complete application has been submitted. I/I S&E funding should be viewed as seed money to be combined with other self-raised funds to start and support I/I programs that will eventually be able to stand on their own.
- The Intercollegiate club requesting funds must be a current USPA Club in good standing.
- The I/I S&E project must be aimed at the intercollegiate level.
- The I/I S&E project must benefit the greatest amount of polo players possible.
- A detailed itemized list of requested items, including costs, must accompany the
A cap amount of the following items has been issued:
- Saddle – $800.
- Mallet – $100.
- One Box (10) of Arena Balls/ $160.
- Complete Polo Bridle – $350.
- Knee Pads – $120.
Any team/club affiliated with a USPA Regional Polo Center and/or a USPA Club having received a PDI within that calendar year, will be ineligible for I/I S&E Funding.