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Eligibility Requirements

Dreamstarter grants are designed to help American Indian youth make a dream come true.

Dreamstarter

Running Strong for American Indian Youth’s $10,000 Dreamstarter grants are awarded to TEAMS made up of one young American Indian and one nonprofit organization who acts as a mentor to help make his/her dream a reality.  Each team must be located in the United States and fill out and submit the application and supporting materials together.

Ten Dreamstarters will be chosen each year to make a dream come true that fits within that year’s theme.

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Applications for Dreamstarter Year 4:   2018-2019 (Science & the Environment):

Applications for Dreamstarter Year 4 will open October 14, 2017.

  • 10/14/17: Dreamstarter Year 4: Science & the Environment Applications open
  • 11/14/17: Online question & answer chat with Running Strong Staff & past Dreamstarters
  • 12/16/17: Complete Dreamstarter applications due by 6:00pm EST via email or postmarked by that date.
  • 3/1/18:  Successful applicants will be notified.
  • 4/18:  Dreamstarter Academy will be held during in Washington, DC. All successful applicants and their mentor from the organizationmust attend.
  • 6/30/19:  Projects must be completed.
  • A $500 Dreamstarter award granted to each Dreamstarter once all necessary reporting is received from the Dreamstarter mentor organization

The themes for each Dreamstarter year are:

Year 1 (2015-2016):  Wellness 

Year 2 (2016-2017):  Arts & Culture

Year 3 (2017-2018):  Education

Year 4 (2018-2019):  Science & the Environment

Year 5 (2019-2020):  Any of the above: Wellness, Arts & Culture, Education, and Science & the Environment

American Indian Youth Dreamstarters must:

  • Be between the ages of 14 and 30 at the time of application deadline,
  • Be an enrolled member of a current or terminated federal/state Indian Nation and able to provide documentation.
  • Complete the application together with their Mentor Organization,
  • Agree to be featured by name in photos, videos, and written stories on the Running Strong website and other materials;
  • Participate in the four-day Dreamstarter Academy training program;
  • Produce at least one video and 2 blog posts with photographs during the grant period, with the help of Running Strong staff;
  • Provide monthly updates on the progress of the Dreamstarter project; and
  • Complete a final report and evaluation with their Mentor Organization at the end of the project.

Successful Dreamstarter Applicants will receive an “I am a Dreamstarter” Award of $500 after the successful completion of the grant period.

 Dreamstarter Mentor Organizations must:

  • Be a 501(c)3 or 7871 non-profit organization or school serving one or more American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian communities in the United States;
  • Apply together with an eligible young American Indian Dreamstarter  applicant;
  • Assign a staff member to mentor the youth Dreamstarter  participant throughout the grant period; including participation in the four-day Dreamstarter Academy training program;
  • Agree to be featured by organization and staffer’s name in photos, videos, and written stories on the Running Strong website and other materials;
  • Supervise and implement the Dreamstarter-funded project, including management of the $10,000 grant award;
  • Assist the youth Dreamstarter participant in producing at least one video and 2 blog posts with photographs,
  • Provide monthly updates on the progress of the Dreamstarter project; and
  • Complete a final report and evaluation at the end of the project. 

For additional questions, please see our list of Frequently Asked Questions or How to Apply.


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  • Meet the Chairman of Running Strong's Board of Directors, James O'Brien, Esq.

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