A total of $15,000 - $20,000 will be awarded in a combination of grants ranging from $500-$1,000. All applicants must be an official 501(c)3, a grade school, parent booster club, PTA, or a similar entity to qualify for a grant.
Important criteria for receiving a grant include:
-- The running program must be more than just a one time event. It should be a structured running program that ideally utilizes the Kids Run the Nation materials or similar multi-week program. The goal of the program is to have kids running regularly, at least once a week for multiple weeks, as opposed to participating in a single event. However, the program may culminate in participation at a kids' race. Kids Run the Nation fund may not be used for race entry fees into local races.
-- The program may be a start-up program or a pre-existing program.
-- The program should be gender inclusive. The program may not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, ethnic origin, or economic status. The program may outline age groups and may place a minimum and maximum age for participation.
-- The program may focus on participation or may emphasize competition or a combination of both. However, we do not fund competitive racing teams through the Kids Run the Nation Fund.
-- The running program has adopted policies and procedures that ensure the safety of the participants and outlines expectations of the program leaders including submitting to criminal background checks.
The program director should complete this application, print a copy, then click submit by the October 31st deadline.