2023-2024 Travel Grants Application Announcement

US Chess is pleased to announce the 2024 program to financially support eligible Affiliates serving Title I Schools to attend US Chess-run National Scholastic Events. Requests for both full and partial support applications will be considered. 

Piloted at the 2022 National High School Championship, US Chess sponsored a 21-player team that experienced the thrill of competition, meeting peers from across the country, and for many, leaving the familiarity of their home city for the first time.

In 2023, six teams were sponsored to attend one of the three spring scholastic national events. The players not only gained fresh insights into their game and themselves, they also experienced the excitement of travelling to new cities and broadening their horizons in ways never before imagined. You can hear about the experiences of some of these players on the US Chess YouTube channel.

This program is part of US Chess’s commitment to improving access among underrepresented communities and reducing financial barriers to participation in national events. 


The following criteria are mandatory for eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a current US Chess Affiliate 
  • Affiliate must be a 501(c)(3) or a Public School
  • Affiliate must be serving a Title I School or the Title I School itself must be an Affiliate
  • Affiliate may only submit one application per academic year, requesting support for a single event
  • The completed application must be submitted by the deadline 


The following criteria are considerations for selection:

  • The team’s dedication to study of the game
  • The team’s participation in local and regional rated tournaments
  • The team’s ability to travel to national events without support
  • The level of support requested
  • The team’s statement of impact 

Completed applications must be submitted by December 22, 2023, 6 pm ET. Selections will be announced by January 15, 2024. Questions can be directed to Click here to show email address.