The 4th Annual Community Giving grant cycle opens June 22, 2020.

The MDRA Foundation Community Giving Grant is awarded each year to help Minnesota organizations promote youth participation; provide training and education to runners; and to support the running community.  

During this uncertain, unsettled time, the MDRA Foundation is looking to support entities that: have a need based on recent health crises related to Covid-19 and/or societal unrest following the killing of George Floyd; or encourage running in diverse or marginalized communities, or foster health, healing and coming together through running.

The MDRA Foundation will be awarding multiple grants in 2020 in amounts between $500 – $1,000.  

2020 Timeline and Submission Information

  • Grant opens for applications June 22, 2020
  • Applications are due August 1, 2020.  
  • Notification of grant awards will be made by August 21, 2020. 
  • Submit your grant proposal online.


Funding Criteria

Eligible organizations can include nonprofits, schools, small running businesses, and running related organizations.

The following criteria will be considered when reviewing proposals:

  • Demonstrates a need based on impact from damage related to recent unrest or impact from the pandemic.
  • Running group/organization that meets our strategic goal to encourage running for marginalized or diverse populations.
  • A fledgling group that furthers our mission, and needs a “kick start”.
  • Fosters health, healing, and coming together through running.


Click here to apply


For all questions please email

Read about past recipients of the Community Giving Grant!

2019 Grant Awardee
2018 Grant Awardee
2017 Grant Awardee

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