Kids Run the Nation Grant Fund

Road Runners Club of America

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Anticipated deadline: Aug 1, 2021

Grant amount: US $500 - US $1,000

Fields of work: Sports & Athletics

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



Since 2007, the RRCA and Kids Run the Nation ha​ve assisted running clubs, schools, and community nonprofits interested in implementing or currently hosting youth running programs. 

Since the Fund's inception, the RRCA has granted more than $250,000 to deserving youth programs around the U.S. and donated more than 100,000  copies of Kids Run the Nation printed materials. Grants are awarded on an annual basis through an application and selection process overseen by a volunteer selection panel. 

In 2020, small grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 will be awarded to youth running programs across the U.S.

Please review the following criteria before submitting your grant application:

  • Your running program should be more than just a one-time event. It should be a structured running program that ideally utilizes the RRCA’s Kids Run the Nation youth running curriculum. The goal of your program should be to have kids running regularly, more than once each week for multiple weeks, as opposed to participating in a single event. However, the program may culminate in a goal fun run or other organized running event.
  • Your program may be a start-up program or a pre-existing program.
  • Your program must be gender-inclusive, encouraging and welcoming participation by children of all genders. The program may not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnic origin, or economic status. The program may outline age groups and may indicate a minimum and maximum age for participation.
  • Your program should focus on participation, but may include competitive running activities or events.
  • Your running program must maintain policies and procedures that ensure the safety of the participants and outline expectations of program leaders. Your program should meet SafeSport Act requirements, including completion of sexual abuse awareness and reporting training and requiring criminal background checks on all adult program staff and volunteers.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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 program are eligible as well
    • All applicants must be an official 501(c)(3), school, parent booster club, PTA, or a similar entity. 
  • What Kids Run the Nation grants may fund:
    • Marketing materials, brochures, posters, fliers, and other printed or digital materials informing parents about the program
    • Advertising the program in a community newspaper or website
    • Hosting a program website
    • Permit or usage fees to use a local park or running track
    • Hydration supplies, including water bottles, cups, or coolers
    • Snacks and meals for program participants
    • Incentives and awards such as Toe Tokens®, ribbons, shirts, water bottles, backpack tags, patches, etc.
    • Mileage logs, worksheets, and other written and digital materials for program participants
    • Other items that the RRCA Grant Selection Committee sees fit to fund


  • No grants will be given to individuals under any circumstances.
  • What Kids Run the Nation grants will not fund:
    • Sports drinks or other high sugar, high sodium beverages
    • Sponsorship for individual runners
    • Travel to competitive events
    • Race entry fees for individual participants
    • Social events for program staff or volunteers
    • Salaries or travel costs for paid program staff
    • Other items the RRCA ​Grant ​Selection ​Committee determines to be ineligible for funding


This page was last reviewed June 02, 2020 and last updated June 02, 2020