Finish Line Foundation Rolls Out 2017 Competition for Recreation

Private Funder: Finish Line Youth Foundation; Opportunity: 2017 grants; Funding Focus: Youth, recreation; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations; Funding: Awards range up to $75,000 each (the foundation made $2.5 million in awards last year); Deadline: Dec. 31 (the last deadline of 2017).

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.

Info: (NOFA); Michael Lockard, 317/899-1022, Ext. 6741; (email).

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education.

Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government.

Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.

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