Grants of up to $1,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, running clubs, and elementary and middle schools to implement structured youth athletic programs. Funding is intended for either new or existing programs that encourage kids to run regularly. Proposals should be for running programs that incorporate educational topics and running activities, ideally utilizing the RRCA’s Kids Run the Nation curriculum.
Review the following criteria before submitting your grant application:
Your program should have kids running regularly, more than once each week for multiple weeks, as opposed to participating in a one-time event. The program may culminate in a goal fun run or other organized running event.
Your program should be a structured running program incorporating educational topics and running activities, ideally utilizing the RRCA’s Kids Run the Nation curriculum.
Your program may be a startup program or an established program.
Your program must be gender-inclusive, encouraging and welcoming participation by children of all genders. The program may not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnic origin, or economic status. The program may outline age groups and may indicate a minimum and maximum age for participation.
Your program must meet SafeSport Act requirements, including completion of sexual abuse awareness and reporting training and ideally requiring criminal background checks on all adult program staff and volunteers.
Kids Run the Nation will fund:
Marketing materials, brochures, posters, fliers, and other printed or digital materials informing parents about the program
Advertising the program in a community newspaper or website
Hosting a program website
Permit or usage fees to use a local park or running track
Hydration supplies, including water bottles, cups, or coolers
Snacks and meals for program participants
Incentives and awards such as Toe Tokens®, ribbons, shirts, water bottles, backpack tags, patches, etc.
Mileage logs, worksheets, and other written and digital materials for program participants
Other items that the RRCA Grant Selection Committee sees fit to fund
Running clubs, events, or other organizations with the IRS 501(c)(3) designation are eligible to apply. Elementary and middle schools that provide an organized after-school running program are eligible as well. All applicants must be an official 501(c)(3), school, parent booster club, PTA, or a similar entity.
Kids Run the Nation will not fund:
- Sports drinks or other high sugar, high sodium beverages
- Sponsorship for individual runners
- Travel to competitive events
- Race entry fees for individual participants
- Social events for program staff or volunteers
- Salaries or travel costs for paid program staff
- Competitive Track and Cross Country Teams that are governed by a statewide school athletic federation
- Youth sports programs in which the primary focus is not the sport of running
- Other items the RRCA Grant Selection Committee determines to be ineligible for funding
The 2023 grant application period will open May 1, 2023 and close August 1, 2023.
Programs will be notified of their grant status via email on or about September 1, 2023.