Running Strong is giving away fifty $10,000 grants over the next five years to jumpstart the dreams of American Indian youth.
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.
Fifty years ago, Billy Mills achieved his dream of winning an Olympic gold medal, and since then, he has used that victory to help him give back to the American Indian community. To celebrate Billy’s dream and his leadership, Running Strong is proud to announce the DreamstarterTM grant program to help the next generation of American Indian youth make their dreams come true.
Each year, Dreamstarter 50x$10K grants will be awarded to projects addressing a different theme. The themes are: For the next 5 years, Running Strong will provide ten $10,000 grants each year to community non-profits who will mentor a young Dreamstarter and work with them to implement a project inspired by the young person’s dream for her or his community. Beginning October 14th, Teams of one nonprofit organization and one Native American youth should work together to complete a Dreamstarter application outlining their idea, its funding needs, and how it will benefit youth.
Year 1 (2015-2016): Wellness
Year 2 (2016-2017): Arts & Culture
Year 3 (2017-2018): Education
Year 4 (2018-2019): Science & the Environment
Year 5 (2019-2020): Entrepreneurs