Private Funder: Finish Line Youth Foundation; Opportunity: 2016 grants; Funding Focus: Youth, recreation; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations; Funding: Awards range up to $75,000 each; Deadline: Rolling.
Summary: The philanthropic effort of the athletic apparel merchandiser distributes money to support athletic and wellness programs focusing on living a healthy lifestyle, bolstering confidence and leadership skills, and teaching the importance of teamwork. Youth programs are a priority. There are two new programs: Founder’s Grant (Emergency Funds Grants — $5,000 – $25,000 each) for organizations that have an emergency need and Legacy Grants ($10,000 – $75,000 each) for capital improvements.
The foundation is particularly interested in: (1) organizations providing opportunities for participation for children and young adults age 18 and under; (2) organizations whose activities provide direct services to individuals and produce tangible results; (3) groups with good fiscal responsibility and management qualifications.