Overview

The Finish Line Youth Foundation strives to make a difference in the lives of youth in the communities where employees and customers live, work and play. Finish Line Youth Foundation accomplishes this by being good stewards of the funds received and by supporting youth programs that are effective and inclusive. The Finish Line Youth Foundation financially supports opportunities for participation in youth programs that place an importance on youth development and an active lifestyle.

Finish Line Youth Foundation focuses funding on organizations that provide opportunities for youth participation in the following areas:

Youth athletic programs - Community-based programs addressing active lifestyle and team building skills. Camps -

Established camps with an emphasis on sports and active lifestyle, especially programs serving disadvantaged and special needs kids.

Eligibility

Organizations not currently exempt from federal taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or created for eligible public purposes (such as public and private schools and state-funded universities and colleges)

Political campaigns, or attempts to influence public officials

Organizations that unlawfully discriminate as to race, religion, income, gender, disability or national origin

Projects or programs aimed at promoting the teachings of a particular church or religious denomination, or construction projects of churches and other religious institutions

Fraternal, veterans or labor organizations

Foundations affiliated with a for-profit entity

Endowments

Organizations for on-going operating support

Start up organizations or programs

Reduce debt

Beauty or talent contests

Individuals

Sponsor teams, special events or fundraising activities

Medical, scientific or academic research

Pay for travel or trips

Awards

Grants range from $1,000 - $5,000. In addition to established grants, the Foundation is also very committed to providing opportunities to make significant, larger grants to maximize funding impact in our areas of interest.

Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a quarterly basis. The board of directors will meet one month after each quarter to review the qualified grant applications received during that period. The Program Director will make recommendations to the board about which organizations he or she feels best meet the mission of the Foundation, are most qualified to execute the programs for which grants are intended, and have the most impact on the kids and/or the community.

The grant cycle for 2014 will be:

Grants Application Period Review Period Grants Awarded
January 1 - March 31 April - May June 1
April 1 - June 30 July - August September 1
July 1 - September 30 October - November December 1
October 1 - December 31 January - February March 1

* Awarding of grants may be contingent on matching dollars or other stipulations that may delay the final grant disbursement.

Link

http://www.finishline.com/store/youthfoundation/special-grants.jsp

Contact

Michael Lockard

Finish Line Youth Foundation

3308 N. Mitthoeffer Road

Indianapolis, IN 46235

317-899-1022 x6741

Youthfoundation@finishline.com