SFTC Grant Program

The State of Franklin Track Club offers a Grant-In-Aid program which provides financial grants to schools and other non-profit organizations in the TriCities area. The purpose of the grants is an additional route to fulfilling SFTC's mission of promoting health and fitness through walking and running by giving some of its funds back to the local community.

Grants of up to $500 are awarded twice per year. The deadlines for submission of applications are January 1 and June 1.

In the interest of fairness to all applicants, under no circumstances will late or incomplete applications be considered. Any questions regarding the grants which are not covered in the grant description document given below should be sent to the SFTC President.

Grant description (pdf)

Additional grant guidelines (pdf)

Example grant application (pdf)


Grant History

This grant program was introduced in the Spring of 2007. Since that time, the following applications have been received and grants have been given as indicated (in reverse chronological order):

Period ending January 1, 2013

Three applications were received from three separate Girls on the Run groups and all three were approved for $500 each.

Period ending June 1, 2012

No applications received.

Period ending January 1, 2012

Four grant applications were submitted for $500 each. Three were to support Girls on the Run at South Side, Mountain View, and Fairmont. The other was a request to support the Abingdon High School Track program. $500 was awarded to each of the Girls on the Run applicants and $200 to Abingdon to cover their cost of new uniforms.

Period ending June 1, 2011

One application was received, from Robinson Middle School. $500 was awarded as requested in the application.

Period ending January 1, 2011

Girls on the Run application received. They sent a report on how money from last year’s grant was spent and also a grant application. A $500 grant for 2011 was approved to support scholarships in Keenburg School in Carter County which is conducting the Girls on the Run program for the first time in 2011.

Period ending June 1, 2010

SFTC received two timely and complete applications for grants: Girls on the Run and Roosevelt Runners. The two grant requests were awarded as presented.

Period ending January 1, 2010

Girls on the Run:: $500 was awarded to this successful organization. This was the only application received for this period.

Period ending June 1, 2009

Girls on the Run:: The program is requesting a $500.00 grant for program scholarships. The application was approved for this amount.

Ross N. Robinson Middle School Cross Country: Terry Diamond, Cross Country coach for RNR has requested a $500 grant to fund weekly incentive awards and team breakfasts. The application was approved for this amount.

Period ending January 1, 2009

PathFinders: Pathfinders submitted a grant request for $500 to assist in funding a 5k race to be held in March, 2009. The grant money would be used for equipment rental, race t-shirts and race awards. Although the SFTC Board agreed that Pathfinders is a program it would like to support, some members of the Board expressed concern that the grant request was more for race sponsorship than program funding. The application was rejected.

Period ending June 1, 2008

Girls on the Run: This is the second application that Girls on the Run have submitted. All the requirements of the previously awarded grant were met. The new application stated that the intent was to use the grant, if awarded, to provide scholarships to girls who could not otherwise afford to participate in the program. The $500 requested was awarded to Girls on the Run.

Road Pride: Road Pride is an after-school program for 3rd - 5th graders at Lincoln Elementary School, Kingsport. The application stated that the grant, if awarded, would be used towards race entry fees, t-shirts, incentive awards, an "awards day" and an end-of-program pizza party if funds allow. The requested amount was awarded.

Bristol Cross: This event is one of the largest cross country meets (high, middle and elementary schools) in the TriCities area. $500 for awards was requested. The grant was approved for this amount.

Period ending January 1, 2008

Tennessee High School: The submitted application was incomplete - THS did not give details of how the grant would be spent. The application was rejected on this basis. However, THS was encouraged to re-submit a complete application by the next grant period deadline for consideration.

Greeneville High School: GHS XC requested $500 in grant money, $250 to be used for uniforms and $250 to be used for a scholarship. The SFTC Board concerned that limiting the $250 scholarship to one person does not benefit the whole team and could actually be used outside the Tri-Cities area. $250 of the requested $500 was awarded for the purchase of XC uniforms.

Period ending June 1, 2007

Girls on the Run: This organization is a non-profit prevention program that encourages pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. Girls on the Run requested $500 for scholarships, program supplies and promotional materials. $500 was awarded.