INDIANAPOLIS – The USA Track & Field Foundation is currently accepting youth grant applications from interested clubs and organizations for its first round of 2012 youth grants, announced USA Track & Field Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld.

We encourage youth track clubs and programs from all areas of the United States to apply for financial assistance. The Foundation favors the use of grant money to expand existing youth programs/clubs, to provide additional competitive opportunities for children and to enhance the experience for all participants. Preference is given to clubs that are based in low-income areas. It also favors programs that have a history of solid financial management, multiple funding sources and community support. Allowable expenses include equipment, uniforms, meet fees, travel, facility rental, staff and volunteer training, and outreach.

Interested parties may fill out the USA Track & Field Foundation grant application online at www.usatffoundation.org.

The Foundation will be reviewing the applications over the next several weeks and applicants are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible to receive consideration. The deadline for grant applications for this round of grants is March 15. Grant award winners are expected to be selected and announced in late March.