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 $216,000 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 2018. 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 Wednesday, August 1, 2018 to be considered.
In 2017, 52 programs from 30 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 8,700 children, received $40,000 in grants from the RRCA. When one 2017 program leader learned they would be receiving a grant, “there was screaming, hugging, clapping, and cheering when we found out. It is just the best news because we are operating on a shoestring budget and your funds will enable us make our running club so much more meaningful.”
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.
About the RRCA
The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is the oldest and largest national association of running organizations and runners dedicated to growing the sport since 1958. The RRCA champions the development of community-based running clubs and events that serve runners of all ages and abilities in pursuit of health and competition. The RRCA’s vision is to see an organized running club established in every community in the U.S. To learn more, visit: www.RRCA.org
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