The USA Track & Field Foundation considers providing opportunities for youth athletes to compete in track & field, a top priority. We encourage youth track clubs and programs from all areas of the United States to apply for financial assistance.
The USA Track & Field Foundation youth initiative seeks to support and expand high quality programs that attract diverse ethnic and socio-economic youth and that promote character building, education, active healthy and drug free behaviors, including event participation in track and field and cross country/road running.
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.
The USA Track & Field Foundation does not discriminate, in its youth club grant selection process, on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, marital status, sex, disability, age, gender identity or sexual orientation of any club member or staff.
Recent statistics showing what the Foundation has been able to accomplish with our nation’s youth:
- 52 grants to youth running / track & field clubs in 2013 totaling $86,950
- 30 grants to youth running / track & field clubs in 2014 totaling $54,400
- Given over 350 grants to youth clubs last 8 years