The objective of RunningBrooke’s grants program is to provide innovative programs that get kids moving to spark academic achievement. Grants are awarded to those programs that have a compelling plan to add exercise or movement to their educational programs, engaging Alexandria’s kids and their families. We have three primary areas of focus:
- Alexandria City Schools
- Nonprofit Partners working with Alexandria students and within its schools
- Teacher Mini-Grants that directly fund teachers’ requests for movement-related materials or training up to $500
Since its inception, RunningBrooke has awarded nearly $900,000 in grants to community partners. In 2019, RunningBrooke awarded more than $69,000 in grants to teachers, schools, and community partners, collectively serving nearly 14,000 students. These grants have provided an before-school movement program at Ferdinand T. Day Elementary, sensory/educational hallways at John Adams Elementary, an after-school walk program at TC Williams High School, and flexible and active learning seating across numerous grade levels and schools, to name a few.
Move2Learn Partner Grants
- Use exercise and/or movement before, during, or after school to activate children’s brains to improve academic performance.
- Have outcomes consistent with our focus areas: Kinesthetic Learning, Focus and On-Task Behaviors, and Classroom Community and Well-Being.
The RunningBrooke Move2Learn Partner Grant cycle follows the academic calendar year (Sept. 2019-Aug. 2020). The application period is now closed. Awards will be announced by the end of August for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.
Move2Learn Teacher Mini-Grants
With a short application and a quick turnaround time, Mini-Grants directly fund teachers’ classroom requests of up to $500 for movement-related materials to get their students active. Move2Learn Mini-Grants have been awarded to 30 individual teachers to fund movement materials like stability balls, wiggle cushions, fast-paced cup stacking games, standing desks, and tap and running shoes. The Move2Learn Mini-Grant applications will be posted again during the 2019-2020 academic year. If accepted, these applications will be funded within 30 days. Watch this space for more details and a link to the application!
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