The $5,000 Land O' Lakes Foundation grant will help pay for a rainwater collection and storage system at the league complex on Kirkwood Pike, said league president Ken Crank.
"We're going to collect rainwater off the buildings and store it in a tank. We'll then use the water to irrigate the ballfields," Crank said.
While the fields normally don't need irrigation, that can change during the summer.
The well on the property can't provide enough water to irrigate the fields, but it is adequate if supplemented by stored rainwater, he said.
The grant will help pay for a storage tank and the collection system.
Installation should begin shortly.
"We want to have this done by the start of the season," Crank said. Opening day ceremonies are set for April 23.
The foundatio∞n provides two or three grants to Southern End non-profits every year, said Land O' Lakes unit delegate Ellis Kreider.
The league has received Land O' Lakes grants in the past.
One grant helped the league install additional safety measures.
"Once you get one [a Land O' Lakes grant], you're not eligible for five years. This one is a nice opportunity for us to become better stewards of the land," Crank said.
The league acquired the former Pioneer Seed Co. test station late in the 20th century. It has nine fields on the property, the league concession stand and headquarters, and storage facilities.
Teams played their first games on the fields in 2000.