EDITOR'S NOTE: If you're looking for some assistance with your local running program or thinking about starting a new one ... you should check into the Kids Run the Nation Grants. They's helped new and established clubs and schools around the nation since 2007. Below is some info from their website.....continue on for the Grant Application. Good Luck!
Since 2007, the RRCA and Kids Run the Nation have assisted running clubs, schools, and community nonprofits interested in implementing or currently hosting youth running programs.
Since the Fund's inception, the RRCA has granted a total of $136,550 to deserving youth programs around the U.S. and donated more than 86,000 copies of Kids Run the Nation printed materials. Grants are awarded on an annual basis through an application and selection process overseen by a volunteer selection panel.
Grant Application Criteria
In 2016, a total of $30,000 will be awarded as small grants ranging from $500 to $1,000. 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. No grants will be given to individuals under any circumstances. All applicants must be an official 501(c)(3), school, parent booster club, PTA, or a similar entity. The Kids Run the Nation grant application period will open August 1, 2016 and close October 1, 2016.
Please review the following criteria before submitting your grant application:
Your running program should be more than just a one-time event. It should be a structured running program that ideally utilizes the RRCA’s Kids Run the Nation youth running curriculum. The goal of your program should be to have kids running regularly, more than once each week for multiple weeks, as opposed to participating in a single event. However, the program may culminate in a goal fun run or other organized running event.
Your program may be a start-up program or a pre-existing program.
Your program must be gender-inclusive, encouraging and welcoming participation by both boys and girls. 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 should focus on participation, but may include competitive running activities or events.
Your running program must maintain policies and procedures that ensure the safety of the participants and outline expectations of program leaders. Your program should require criminal background checks on all adult program staff and volunteers.