In 2007, the Road Runners Club of America 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, RRCA has awarded grants totaling $175,000 and donated thousands of program guides and youth booklets to youth programs around the United States.
Through the fund, grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to running clubs and other nonprofits organizations in support of structured youth running programs that utilize RRCA youth running materials. Program goals must include motivating kids to run regularly (at least once a week for multiple weeks), as opposed to participating in a single event, and the program may culminate in participation at a kids' race. Funds may be used to purchase marketing materials; host a program website; offset fees for permits or usage fees for a local park or running track; purchase hydration supplies; purchase participation awards (ribbons, shirts, patches, etc); and/or purchase mileage logs or other written materials for the program.
Running clubs, events, or other organizations with 501(c)(3) designation are eligible to apply. Elementary and middle schools that provide an organized afterschool running program also are eligible.
See the Road Runners Club of America website for complete program guidelines, information about past grant recipients, and application instructions.