– Grant applications due July 31, 2018; grants will be awarded to organizations that are focused on getting kids active –
Nike has announced that applications for the next round of funding through the Nike Community Impact Fund (NCIF) are now being accepted through July 31, 2018. With the goal of building stronger communities and giving kids positive experiences with sport, play and physical activity, the Community Store in the Ivy City neighborhood of Washington, D.C., will award a total of $50,000 via grants of $5,000 to $10,000 each to local organizations that are focused on getting kids active.
Six Community Stores throughout the nation will award a total of $300,000 in grants—ranging from $5,000-$10,000 each—in Washington, D.C., Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, East Los Angeles and the Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn. NCIF is administered with the support of the Charities Aid Foundation of America (CAF America) and funds projects that help kids unleash their potential through physical activity, sport and play.
NCIF is an innovative approach to grant-making that engages a committee of Nike employees to advise where grants are awarded to support the work of local organizations in the communities where they live and work. Since its launch in 2010, NCIF has awarded more than $4.97 million in grants to 502 nonprofit organizations in the United States: This includes 401 grants in Oregon and Southwest Washington, where NCIF began; nine grants in Memphis, where the Nike North America Logistics Campus is located; and 92 grants in communities where Nike has Community Stores: the Ivy City neighborhood of Washington, D.C.; South Chicago; New Orleans; downtown Detroit; East Los Angeles; and Brooklyn.
“We know that active kids do better–at school and in life. That’s why the Nike Community Impact Fund supports grassroots organizations that are focused on getting kids moving, “said Caitlin Morris, General Manager of Nike Global Community Impact. “We’re proud to support the important work of our community stores’ neighboring nonprofits, schools and community centers as they bring positive experiences in play, sport and physical activity into kids’ lives to help them reach their potential.”
At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the NCIF grant in 2017 helped support their Triple Play program, which is a comprehensive health and wellness program for youth ages 5-18 that helps them increase their daily physical activity while teaching them healthy habits and life skills.
“We greatly appreciate the grant from the Nike Community Impact Fund, which helps us to provide sports equipment and games to over 200 youth in our clubs. I love seeing the smiles on our kid’s faces when they’re out playing these sports each and every day, and this wouldn’t be possible without this support,” says Gabrielle Webster, President and CEO, for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.
Applications for Ivy City in Washington D.C., Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, East Los Angeles and the Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn are due July 31, 2018. All grant awards will support projects that deliver impact through the lens of sport and physical activity.
The online grant application along with the required information can be accessed at nike.com/ncif.