The Baltimore Ravens All Community Team Foundation (RACTF) is committed to improving, encouraging and enabling the healthy development of youth in the Baltimore area, as well as other parts of the state of Maryland. For the fourth consecutive year, the RACTF is continuing the Ravens Plan in Motion project, which provides grants of up to $5,000 to qualifying nonprofit organizations that create and/or continue programs or projects promoting physical fitness and nutrition education.
The grant program continues the RACTF's commitment to increasing physical activity among area youth and seeks to encourage healthy youth activities. The RACTF will consider funding requests that meet the criteria listed below:
- Programs or projects must be directed at youth (5-18)and must promote physical fitness and/or nutrition education.
- Organizations that submit requests must be a 501 (c) 3 organization.
- Nonprofits must illustrate a programming component with measurable goals in order to be considered. Through the Ravens Plan in Motion project, the RACTF will not consider funding for the construction of buildings/fields/etc.
- Programs or projects must take place in Maryland.
The following are examples of grants made through the Ravens Plan in Motion project from 2007-2009: Scholarship classes through Girls on the Run Annapolis, which combines training for a 5K with self-esteem uplifting workouts; Funding the Patterson Area Elementary Soccer League for three Baltimore schools, which includes instruction and competition; and Supporting the Special Olympics Maryland Young Athletes Program for children with intellectual disabilities. Creative ideas, including enhancements to existing programs, are encouraged.
Through the Ravens Plan in Motiongrants, nearly $300,000 has been disbursed to area nonprofits over the last three years, funding close to 70 programs and impacting more than 5,000 Baltimore-area youth.
Ravens Plan in Motiongrant applications will be accepted from April 1 – May 31 and are available at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/PlanInMotion. Grant decisions will be made in June. For more information or to receive an application through the mail, please call the Baltimore Ravens' community relations department at 410-701-4156.