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RRCA Accepting 2020 Kids Run the Nation Grant Applications


RRCA to award small grants to youth running programs across the U.S.

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.

Small grants ranging from $500 to $1000 will be awarded to youth running programs across the U.S. in 2020. 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 Saturday, August 1, 2020 to be considered.

Through the Kids Run the Nation program, the RRCA’s goal is to help establish locally managed youth running programs in every school and community across the U.S. In 2019, 42 programs from 27 states, serving more than 11,000 children, received $35,100 in grants from the RRCA. One 2019 grantee told us, “We are super excited to be receiving these funds. As a Title 1 school, programs and donations from groups like you are the only way to provide our students with incentives that help promote a love and awareness for living a healthier life.”

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.

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