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Application and How to Apply

Dreamstarter applicants and Mentor Organizations team up to apply for a Dreamstarter grant together. Each Dreamstarter Application must be signed and submitted by both the Applicant and the Mentor Organization.

A complete Application includes a completed, signed application form with all questions answered, references, signed consent forms from the Mentor, Applicant and Applicant’s parent/guardian if Applicant is under 18, IRS tax exemption letter for Mentor Organization, and completed W-9 form from Mentor Organization.

Budget Template Timeline Template 





Important Dates for Dreamstarter Year 5: 2019-2020 (Entrepreneurs):

· 10/14/18: Dreamstarter Year 5: Entrepreneurs Applications open

· 11/14/18: Online question & answer chat with Running Strong Staff & past Dreamstarters

· 12/21/18: Complete Dreamstarter applications due by 12:00pm EST via email or postmarked      by that date.

·  3/1/19:  Successful applicants will be notified that each Dreamstarter-Mentor pair will receive a $10,000 grant.

·  4/27/19- 5/1/19 :  Dreamstarter Academy will be held during in Washington, DC. All successful applicants and their mentor from the organization must attend. Grant year begins.

· 11/15/19: Program Update due

·  6/30/20:  Projects must be completed, all funds must be spent.
A $500 Dreamstarter award granted to each Dreamstarter once all necessary reporting is received from the Dreamstarter mentor organization

· 8/15/20: Final Grant Report due


Use this checklist to ensure your application is complete.  Please include all of the following:

❑  Parts I-II:  Completed Dreamstarter Application Form with all questions answered by both Applicant and Mentor Organization

❑  Part III:  2 references each for the Applicant and Mentor Organization

❑  Part IV:  Signed consent forms from Applicant, Mentor, and parent/guardian of Applicant if under the age of 18

❑  Part V:  Attachments including:

          ❑  Dreamstarter Project Proposed Budget

          ❑  Dreamstarter Project Timeline          

          ❑  Copy of Applicant’s Certificate of Indian Blood/Tribal enrollment card

          ❑  Photo of Applicant and/or 1-3 photos of your community or idea

          ❑  IRS tax exemption letter for Mentor Organization

          ❑  Completed W-9 form from the IRS for Mentor Organization

          ❑  Mentor organization’s most recent audit (if applicable)


Applications will ONLY be accepted via mail or email.

You can request the application in another format by emailing


Applications via mail are due (postmarked) by due date, December 21, 2018.

Mail applications to:

Running Strong for American Indian Youth

8301 Richmond Highway, Suite 200

Alexandria, VA 22309

ATTN:  Dreamstarters


Applications via email are due by 12:00 pm EST on due date.

Email applications to with your Applicant name in the subject line.


Applications will not be accepted via fax.

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