RRCA, Feetures! partner to award $30,000 to youth running programs across the country
ARLINGTON, Virginia – In 2007, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) developed the Kids Run the Nation Fund to assist running clubs, events and schools that are interested in implementing or currently offer a youth running program. Since then, the RRCA has awarded a total of $176,500 to deserving programs around the United States.
Thanks in part to the support of Kids Run the Nation Program® sponsor Feetures! performance running socks, a total of $30,000 will be awarded in the form of small grants ranging from $500 to $1000 in 2017. Running clubs, events, or other organizations with the IRS 501(c)(3) designation are eligible to apply. Elementary and middle schools that provide organized after-school running programs are eligible as well. No grants will be given to individuals under any circumstance. All applicants must be an official 501(c)(3), school, parent booster club, PTA or a similar entity. Completed grant applications must be received on or before Sunday, October 1, 2017 to be considered.
Last year, 47 youth running programs throughout the U.S. serving more than 28,000 children received $40,000 in grants from the RRCA. “This program honestly gives me chills and I frequently get positive feedback from kids and adults,” said Leah Findtner, Blazing Bulldogs program leader at Bridgeport Elementary School in Tualatin, OR, a 2016 Kids Run the Nation grant recipient. “It is helping to get kids moving and creating life-long positive habits. We would not be able to run the program with the same quality without the Kids Run the Nation grant!”
This small grant program is funded by restricted contributions from RRCA members, individuals, foundations and corporations. One hundred percent of the money raised is restricted to the grant fund and no portion of contributions to the Kids Run the Nation Fund are used for administrative expenses. Grants are awarded on an annual basis through an application and selection process overseen by a volunteer selection panel. Donate today to the Kids Run the Nation Fund by making an annual contribution to the RRCA.