Arlington, Virginia – In 2007, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) developed the Kids Run the Nation Fund to assists running clubs, events, and schools that are interested in implementing or currently have a youth running program. Since then, the RRCA has granted a total of $70,000 to deserving youth programs around the US.
This year, a total of $20,000 will again be awarded in a combination of grants ranging from $500-$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 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. The application deadline for a Kids Run the Nation Grant is October 1, 2014. The application and full grant criteria can be found at http://www.rrca.org/programs/kids-run-the-nation-fund/.
In 2013, 25 youth running programs throughout the U.S. serving over 4,500 children received a total of $20,250 in grants from the RRCA. In addition, the RRCA donated copies over 10,000 copies of the Kids Run the Nation: A Running Guide for Kids booklet to be given out to program participants in thirty-four different programs. The in-kind donation to these programs was valued at over $10,000.
“I was so excited to be able to offer this running club,” said Joy Powell Duncan, Director of the Keowee Kids Running Club in Seneca, SC, a 2013 Kids Run the Nation Grant recipient. ‘Run’ is now a positive activity for these kids. I couldn’t have done it without the grant the RRCA gave us and the support and direction of Kids Run the Nation program. “
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 to the Kids Run the Nation Fund by making an annual contribution to the RRCA.
Founded in 1958, the Road Runners Club of America is the oldest and largest national association of running clubs, running events and runners dedicated to promoting running as a competitive sport and as healthy exercise. The mission of the RRCA is to promote the sport of running through the development and growth of running clubs and running events throughout the country. The RRCA supports the common interests of runners of all abilities during all stages of life by providing education and leadership opportunities along with programs and services that benefit all runners. Learn more at www.RRCA.org and at www.RunPro.com