RRCA 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 more than $250,000 to deserving programs around the United States.
A total of $30,000 will be awarded in the form of small grants ranging from $500 to $1000 in 2019. 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 Thursday, August 1, 2019 to be considered.
In 2018, 47 programs from 26 states, serving nearly 23,000 children, received $35,000 in grants from the RRCA. One 2018 grantee, ACDS Littlest Runners, told us that, “our pre-school students have blossomed thanks to our running curriculum. Teachers report that their students’ focus and concentration has improved as a result of having an active running session during the school day. It is also helping introduce the concept of healthy activity and nutritious food and drink choices to our families. Many of the families we serve never imagined that their children could run, due to their disabilities, and it has been so rewarding for them to hear our reports of the miles these little ones are racking up.” ACDS serves children and adults with Down syndrome, autism, and other developmental disabilities in Plainview, NY.
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.