Ravens Plan in Motion: Granting a Future in Fitness

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. As such, the RACTF continues the Ravens Plan in Motion project in 2008, providing grants of up to $5,000 to qualifying nonprofit organizations that create and/or continue programs or projects that promote 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.

The request must be for a program or project. 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.

Example programs and projects include after-school curriculum that features physical activity as its main component, initiating a walking club in a school or neighborhood, or purchasing fitness equipment (medicine balls, jump ropes, pedometers) for an existing program. Creative ideas, including enhancements to existing programs, are encouraged.

In 2007, close to $100,000 was disbursed to area nonprofits. Funds were used to support dance classes at two Baltimore City Police Athletic League centers, a wellness program for children with autism, and martial arts and yoga classes at an area YMCA.

Requests for proposals will be accepted from April 1 - May 31, 2008. Proposals are due May 31, 2008.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.

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