The School Board will consider applying for an NFL grant tonight that would help the district resurface Case High's Hammes Field.
The National Football League's Grassroots Grant Program would cover one-third of the $600,000 cost to install a synthetic sports turf surface. While expensive, the synthetic surface requires little ongoing maintenance, which saves money over time.
The grant requires a $200,000 match from the district. The district would raise the remaining $200,000 with community donations, according to a letter Unified Finance Officer Dave Hazen wrote to the School Board.
The NFL grants are available to "target" cities affiliated with NFL teams. Racine is listed as a target market for the Green Bay Packers along with Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Manitowoc, Milwaukee and Sheboygan.
The NFL grant program has given out $25 million in grants to 200 programs. Last year, Southwest High School in Green Bay received $50,000 to rebuild bleachers.