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Dreamstarter Teacher

In 2016, we introduced a new project to help jumpstart more dreams for American Indian students: Dreamstarter Teacher.

In 1964, Billy Mills achieved his dream when he won Olympic gold in the 10K run. In 2014, Running Strong started the Dreamstarter program to honor the 50th anniversary of Billy’s historic gold medal win.

Dreamstarter helps Native young people bring their dreams to life and transform their communities. Over the past three years, we’ve selected 30 exceptional Dreamstarters for projects relating to wellness, arts and culture, and education.

As we chose our third cohort of Dreamstarters for projects around the theme of education, we introduced a new project to help jumpstart more dreams for American Indian students: Dreamstarter Teacher.

Running Strong will give away up to $50,000 in grants to teachers who serve American Indian students. We’ll select Dreamstarter Teachers who will use their grants to meet an unmet classroom or school need and encourage Native students to follow their dreams.

Grant funds may be used for almost anything you need for the classroom: resource materials, supplies, equipment, professional development, field trips/transportation, and/or stipends to support bringing community liaisons into the classroom.


Applications for Fall 2018 Dreamstarter Teachers will open January 2018

Important Deadlines for Dreamstarter Teachers

  • August 15, 2017: Applications for Spring 2018 Dreamstarter Teachers are Open
  • November 30, 2017: All Applications are due by4:00 PM EST 
  • January 15, 2018: Successful Dreamstarter Teachers are notified
  • January 15, 2018 - January 1, 2019: All Spring2018 Dreamstarter Teacher funds must be used during this period.
  • Applications for next Dreamstarter Teacher cohort will open in January 2018

If you have questions or need more information, please email us at


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See Also View All

  • Dreamstarter Q&A Chat

    Chat Live on 11/14/17 at 6pm Eastern Standard Time. Join Running Strong staff and some previous Dreamstarters to talk about Dreamstarter Year 4: Science & the Environment

  • Application & 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.

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