USA Triathlon Foundation Now Accepting 2019 Grant Applications

By USA Triathlon | Feb. 26, 2019, 2:25 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The USA Triathlon Foundation today announced that it is accepting grant applications from the triathlon community for 2019. Individuals and organizations who wish to apply for a USA Triathlon Foundation Pillar Grant may do so at usatriathlonfoundation.org. All proposals are due by March 22, and the USA Triathlon Foundation Trustees will make selections by April 12. 

The USA Triathlon Foundation awards funding to organizations and individuals that support multisport opportunities for youth, paratriathletes and Olympic hopefuls. Since its inception in 2014, the Foundation — in partnership with USA Triathlon — has provided more than $2.4 million in grant funding opportunities. Grant recipients, in turn, help advance the Foundation’s mission of opening pathways to triathlon for all. To view the full list of 2018 grant awardees, click here.

“Each year, the USA Triathlon Foundation looks forward to supporting incredible organizations that transform lives through triathlon,” said John Cassimatis, President of the USA Triathlon Foundation Board of Trustees and Grant Chair. “We have been able to award meaningful funding over the past four years to deserving youth, paratriathletes and Olympic hopefuls, and we are proud to continue that tradition in 2019.”

“It is through the generosity of our athletes and donors that the Foundation is able to provide this giveback to organizations and individuals that support our mission and vision,” said Dave Deschenes, Executive Director of the USA Triathlon Foundation. “Triathlon and the multisport lifestyle have played such an important role in many of our athletes’ and donors’ lives that they are now passionate about giving back to the sport. We are proud to direct their donations to these worthy recipients.” 

In addition to the Pillar Grants, the USA Triathlon Foundation will partner with the Dawson family to offer the Bridget Inspires Grant in memory of Bridget Dawson. Bridget was an accomplished age-group athlete and member of Team USA who passed away in 2016. The Bridget Inspires Grant will provide funding to young women pursuing competitive success in triathlon and other multisport endeavors during the 2019 competition year and beyond.  

“Bridget was a world-class triathlete, admired by many in the community, and a huge influencer in the growing sport,” said Whitney Dawson, Bridget’s daughter. “The word ‘inspiring’ has been most commonly used by those describing Bridget since her passing, and the goal of this endowment is to extend her inspiration beyond her achievements and coaching. Bridget raced with grace, confidence, strength and a quiet fierceness that made her a champion in the sport, as well as a mentor and friend to the entire community. Her drive and vitality will live through the young women who will be supported from this fund to pursue their athletic goals.” 

For more information about the Bridget Inspires Grant, click here.

Visit usatriathlonfoundation.org to learn more about the USA Triathlon Foundation and the programs it supports, or click here to make an online, tax-deductible donation. One hundred percent of all donations go to supporting aspiring athletes and programs. 

Questions about the grant program, gifts-in-kind or bequests should be directed to info@usatriathlonfoundation.org.

About the USA Triathlon Foundation
The USA Triathlon Foundation was created in 2014 by the USA Triathlon Board of Directors as an independent tax-exempt 501(c)(3) entity. Under the leadership of its Trustees and Committee members, the Foundation serves as a means to create a healthier America through triathlon, and seeks to transform lives by opening up new pathways to the sport for all, especially those who are otherwise underserved. The USA Triathlon Foundation operates with the belief that every child should have the chance to participate, every paratriathlete should have the opportunity to compete, and every aspiring elite athlete should be able to chase his or her Olympic dream. Since the Foundation’s inception, more than $1.9 million has been provided to worthy causes and organizations that support its mission. Donations to the USA Triathlon Foundation ensure America's youth are introduced to the benefits and fun of a multisport lifestyle, athletes with disabilities receive the training, support and gear to be able to participate and excel, and the best aspiring young athletes have a chance to pursue their Olympic Dreams. Visit usatriathlonfoundation.org to learn more and donate today.

About USA Triathlon

USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).