The commission may make matching grants to political subdivisions of the state:
(1) to acquire and better public land and buildings and other public improvements of a capital nature to be used for community facilities and related infrastructure primarily for amateur athletics;
(2) to renovate existing facilities used primarily for amateur athletics;
(3) to support recreational programs for children and adolescents; and
(4) to support special events involving amateur athletics.
To the extent possible, over time, the commission shall disperse grants equally among the state's congressional districts and award one-half of all grants to communities or institutions outside the metropolitan area as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2.
Each grant under this section must be matched by recipient communities or institutions in accordance with this subdivision. A matching contribution may include an in-kind contribution of land, access roadways and access roadway improvements, and necessary utility services, landscaping, and parking. A grant for new facilities may not exceed $100,000 and must be matched by the recipient at a rate of four times the amount of the grant. A grant for renovation of existing facilities may not exceed $50,000 and must be matched equally by the recipient. A grant for recreational programs may not exceed $20,000 and must be matched equally by the recipient. A grant for a special event or program may not exceed $100,000 and must be matched equally by the recipient.