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Dreamstarter Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Mentor Native
American Youth in Health and Wellness Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Running Strong

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Deadline Date:

12/01/19 11:59 PM EST - Emailed or Postmarked


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Grants of $10,000 to teams of USA community nonprofit organizations and Native American youth for health and wellness programs that will benefit the local Native American community. Community nonprofits will mentor one Native American youth through the process of completing the project.

Running Strong for American Indian Youth® believes in the dreams of young American Indians: creating stronger communities, overcoming poverty, and building a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

Applicants will be requested to explain how their project will benefit youth.

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GrantWatch ID#: 166155

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The Dreamstarter Grant includes:

-Grants/Awards: $10,000 grant award from Running Strong for American Indian Youth to help make their dream come true. It also includes an “I am a Dreamstarter” $500 award for the Applicant at the successful completion of the grant period.

-Dreamstarter Academy: An expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC to participate in Dreamstarter Academy, learn how to tell their story, meet fellow Dreamstarters and Billy Mills!

-Mentorship: Each Native youth pairs with a committed mentor from a community nonprofit organization. Each Dreamstarter Team creates support and learning opportunities during the grant year. Dreamstarters are also provided with support and mentorship from Running Strong staff and Billy Mills throughout the grant year!

-Resources: Throughout the grant year, each Dreamstarter has the opportunity to request Running Strong In-kind goods. After the grant year, they can apply for the $5,000 Keep the Dream Alive grant.

-Networking: Dreamstarters have access to a growing network of Dreamstarters and Mentor Organizations all around the country. Dreamstarters also have the opportunity to participate in other Running Strong program work and represent Running Strong as an agent of change.

Term of Contract:

6/30/21: Projects must be completed, all funds must be spent.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

American Indian Youth Dreamstarters must:

- Be between the ages of 14 and 30 at the time of application deadline,
- Be an enrolled member of a current or terminated federal/state Indian Nation and able to provide documentation.
- Complete the application together with their Mentor Organization,
- Agree to be featured by name in photos, videos, and written stories on the Running Strong website and other materials;
- Participate in the four-day Dreamstarter Academy training program;
- Produce at least one video and 2 blog posts with photographs during the grant period, with the help of Running Strong staff;
- Provide monthly updates on the progress of the Dreamstarter project; and
- Complete a final report and evaluation with their Mentor Organization at the end of the project.

Dreamstarter Mentor Organizations must:

- Be a 501(c)3 or 7871 non-profit organization or school serving one or more American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian communities in the United States;
- Apply together with an eligible young American Indian Dreamstarter applicant;
- Assign a staff member to mentor the youth Dreamstarter participant throughout the grant period; including participation in the four-day Dreamstarter Academy training program;
- Agree to be featured by organization and staffer’s name in photos, videos, and written stories on the Running Strong website and other materials;
- Supervise and implement the Dreamstarter-funded project, including management of the $10,000 grant award;
- Assist the youth Dreamstarter participant in producing at least one video and 2 blog posts with photographs,
- Provide monthly updates on the progress of the Dreamstarter project; and
- Complete a final report and evaluation at the end of the project.

A school can serve as a mentor organization as long as there is one clearly identified staff member serving as the mentor for the applicant.

Projects that do not relate to the annual theme; individual scholarships; and projects that do not involve the input of Native youth are not eligible for Dreamstarter funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

10/1/19: Online question & answer chat with Running Strong Staff & past Dreamstarters

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates for Dreamstarter 2020: 2020-2021 (Health & Wellness):

- 8/15/19: Dreamstarter 2020 Applications open
- 12/1/19: Complete Dreamstarter applications due by 11:59 pm EST via email or postmarked by that date.
- 3/3/20: Dreamstarter Announcement. Successful applicants will be notified that each Dreamstarter-Mentor pair will receive a $10,000 grant.
- 4/23/20- 4/27/20 : Dreamstarter Academy will be held during in Alexandria. All successful applicants and their mentor from the organization must attend. Grant year begins.
- 11/15/20: Program Update due

Each young Dreamstarter may participate only once.

How to apply:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail applications to:
Running Strong for American Indian Youth
8301 Richmond Highway, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22309
ATTN: Dreamstarters

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming