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 more than $800,000 in grants to community partners. In 2018, RunningBrooke awarded more than $195,000 in grants to teachers, schools, and community nonprofits, collectively serving nearly 14,000 students. These grants have provided bikes at Ferdinand T. Day Elementary, outdoor play equipment at Matthew Maury Elementary, outdoor giant games at the Minnie Howard Campus of TC Williams High School, and yoga, soccer and dance in an after-school program, to name a few. The RunningBrooke Move2Learn grant cycle follows the academic calendar year with awards announced in August for the upcoming 2019/2020 school year. The application will be posted here soon!
With a short application and a quick turnaround time, the 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 funded within 30 days!
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