Rusty Kanokogi Fund for the Advancement of U.S. Judo Grant

History of the Program

The Rusty Kanokogi Fund for the Advancement of U.S. Judo was established in 2009 to provide direct financial assistance to aspiring judo athletes with successful competitive records who have the potential to achieve even higher performance levels and rankings.  Requests for assistance are considered for coaching, specialized training and/or travel. An individual may request up to $5,000. The Fund was established by Richard Ader and is replenished through earnings on the endowment and donations. Learn more about Rusty Kanokogi and the Fund here.

Guidelines and Application

What is the purpose of the Rusty Kanokogi Fund for the Advancement of U.S. Judo?
The goal of the fund is to relieve aspiring elite-level female judo athletes of the financial burden associated with competing at higher levels and to permit them to concentrate on their training.

Who will administer the Rusty Kanokogi Fund for the Advancement of U.S. Judo??
The Women’s Sports Foundation administers the program.

What are the eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria for the program?
1. Individual applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents and be eligible to compete for a U.S. national team.

2. An individual may be awarded only one grant from the Women’s Sports Foundation per calendar year and a maximum of three grants to an individual in a lifetime.

3. Grants awarded that cannot be used by the recipient for its intended purpose must be returned to the Women’s Sports Foundation office.

4. Individuals applying for this grant are evaluated based upon the following criteria:
a. Financial need
b. Present and potential level and ranking
c. Lack of support from traditional sources
d. Role of award in continued participation and advancement
e. Potential impact of grant on advancing women in sports
f. Contribution to greater visibility of female athletes
g. Priority given to those who present a plan for reimbursing the grant in the future, whether financially or otherwise contributing to women’s sports.

College Student-Athlete Eligibility:
Please be aware that it is likely that, by accepting a grant, an athlete’s college eligibility may be affected.

1. Per the NCAA, for Division I and Division III athletes, receipt of a grant from this fund will jeopardize a prospective student-athlete’s or an enrolled student-athlete’s amateur status and make the individual ineligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics at the Division I or Division III level.

2. Per the NCAA, for Division II athletes, prior to initial full-time enrollment at any collegiate institution, a prospective student-athlete may use her athletics ability for pay without jeopardizing her amateur status. However, if the prospective student-athlete delays full-time collegiate enrollment following the graduation date of her high school class and continues to receive funds based on her athletics ability, the prospective student-athlete may have to sit an academic year in residence.

3. Athletes applying for the grant are responsible for checking the financial aid regulations of the NCAA or sports organization governing their current or future high school, college or university to avoid jeopardizing their eligibility for sports participation. For specific questions about your collegiate eligibility, please contact the NCAA or your collegiate institution directly.

Attention All Athletes: As the athlete applying for a grant, it is your responsibility to check the financial aid regulations of the NCAA or sports organization governing your current or future high school, college or university to avoid jeopardizing your eligibility for sports participation. If you have specific questions about your collegiate eligibility, please contact NCAA Academic and Membership Affairs staff at 317.917.6222 or your local high school athletic association.

How much funding is available?
A total of $5,000 in grants will be awarded each calendar year.

When are deadlines and other relevant dates?
Online applications must be submitted by 5p.m. EST on Friday, April 1, 2016. Grants will be awarded during the second quarter of 2016.

Application Procedure
Access the application here and follow the directions to register a new user profile or update an existing profile.

Under the organization information, please enter the contact information for USA Judo. A Tax ID number is not required to register (so you may leave that space blank).

Notification of Application Acceptance
You will receive an e-mail at the e-mail address provided in your profile when your application has been received.

Any application that is late, incomplete or requesting funds for an event or purchase of equipment that will occur before the applicant would receive the grant money will not be accepted.

Questions
After reading the above guidelines carefully, if you have any questions, please call Elizabeth Flores at 516.307.3915 or e-mail her here.

 

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GoGirlGo! Grant

GoGirlGo!, our landmark educational program launched in 2001 for elementary, middle and high school girls, works across the country to keep girls involved in physical activity and to improve the health of sedentary girls. The need for GoGirlGo! is undeniable. One in three girls is sedentary, while the other gets no more than thirty minutes of physical activity a week.

We get girls moving not through direct service, but by supporting programs and organizations that work with these girls. GoGirlGo! identifies and weaves together quality resources within each community and provides comprehensive support to organizations through a hands-on curriculum, grant program and networking opportunities.

Our free, award-winning curriculum provides tools to get girls active. It has reached close to one million girls and provided more than $5.6 million in funding to girl-serving organizations. While New York City is our signature GoGirlGo! market, the program is available nationwide.

History of the Program
GoGirlGo! New York City Grant, established in 2015, with the support of espnW rewards girl-serving agencies who seek to enhance the lives of girls using sports, physical activity and life lessons taught through our GoGirlGo! curriculum.

GoGirlGo!, the Women’s Sports Foundation’s national landmark educational program launched in 2001 for elementary, middle and high school girls, works across the country to keep girls involved in physical activity and to improve the health of sedentary girls. At present, one in three girls is sedentary, while the other gets no more than thirty minutes of physical activity a week. GoGirlGo! identifies and weaves together quality resources within each community and provides comprehensive support to organizations through a hands-on curriculum, grant program and networking opportunities. GoGirlGo! has reached more than one million girls and provided more than $6 million in funding to girl-serving organizations.

Guidelines and Application

What is the purpose of the GoGirlGo! New York City Grant?
To reward New York City girl-serving agencies participating in GoGirlGo!, the Women’s Sports Foundation’s educational program.

Who will administer the grant?
The Women’s Sports Foundation administers the program and espnW is the sponsor of this program.

Who is eligible to apply for the grant?
In general, grants will support New York City girl-serving agencies conducting sport and physical activity programs and using the GoGirlGo! curriculum that serve girls aged 5 to 13. Eligible applicants will be asked to meet criteria such as:

  • Be nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation.
  • Have committed and experienced adult leadership.
  • Deliver a minimum 12-week sport and physical activity program, with preference given to organizations working consistently with girls throughout the year.
  • Commitment to implement the GoGirlGo! educational curriculum (provided free of charge)
  • Send a representative(s) to participate in GoGirlGo! Leadership Institutes.
  • Participate in program evaluation, reporting and exposure activities.

How much funding is available?
Together, the Women’s Sports Foundation and espnW will award 10 grants of $2,500 each ($25,000 in total grants awarded) and provide the GoGirlGo! curriculum free of charge.

What can the grant be used for?
Grants can be used for coaching, athletic equipment, uniforms, transportation, facility rental and league/tournament fees.

What are the deadlines and other relevant dates?
Online applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on July 31. Grantees will be notified by October 31.

What do you need to get started?
You will need your organization’s primary address, Employer Identification Number (EIN), IRS tax- exempt determination letter and IRS Form W-9 in order to apply.

Application Procedure
Access the application here and follow the directions to register a new user profile or update an existing profile. Limit one (1) profile per person/email address. Once your profile is registered, you will be able to save and submit an application on the website.

Notification of Application Acceptance

  • You will receive an e-mail at the e-mail address provided in your profile when your application has been received.
  • Conditions under which an application will not be accepted:
    1. Applications that are e-mailed, faxed, incomplete or late;
    2. Applications for programs that require compulsory religious participation;
    3. Applications requesting funding towards the purchase of land, construction of buildings, event sponsorships, providing scholarships to individuals and/or the   purchase/care of animals with this grant;
    4. Applications for programs that do not implement the GoGirlGo! curriculum; and/or
    5. Applications requesting retroactive funding.

Questions?
After reading the above guidelines carefully, if you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Flores at LFlores@WomensSportsFoundation.org.

 

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