Running Strong for American Indian Youth: Dreamstarter Grants
Running Strong for American Indian Youth’s mission is to help American Indian people meet their immediate survival needs—food, water, and shelter—while implementing and supporting programs designed to create opportunities for self-sufficiency and self-esteem. Running Strong believes in the dreams of young American Indians: creating stronger communities, overcoming poverty, and building a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.
Running Strong’s Dreamstarter grants are awarded to teams made up of one young American Indian and one nonprofit organization who will act as a mentor and work with the youth to implement a project inspired by the young person’s dream for his or her community.
Through 2020, Running Strong will award Dreamstarter grants each year targeting a specific theme. The theme for the 2018-19 program is science and the environment. Upcoming categories include wellness, arts and culture, and science and the environment.
Amount: Ten $10,000 grants will be awarded annually. Each selected Dreamstarter will also receive a $500 award at the end of the grant period. At the end of the five-year grant period (2015-2020), Running Strong will choose five Dreamstarter projects from the 50 Dreamstarters and award each an additional $50,000 grant.
- American Indian youth Dreamstarters must be under the age of 30 at the time of the application deadline and enrolled members in either federally or state recognized American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Nations located in the United States. Youth Dreamstarters must complete the application together with their Mentor Organization and agree to participate in a four-day Dreamstarter Academy training program.
- Dreamstarter mentor organizations must be nonprofit organizations serving one or more American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian communities in the United States. Mentor organizations must apply together with an eligible young American Indian Dreamstarter applicant and assign a staff member to mentor the youth Dreamstarter participant throughout the grant period, including participation in the four-day Dreamstarter Academy training program.
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