The Companyís Bowerman Track Renovation program provides matching cash grants to community-based, youth-oriented organizations that seek to refurbish or construct running tracks anywhere in the world. The program, administered by the Companyís Corporate Responsibility Department, distributes $200,000 in matching grants each year. Organizations applying for the grant must demonstrate a need for running track refurbishment or construction. Grant recipients will provide track access to neighboring communities and the programís funds must be matched in some amount by other contributors by an agreed upon deadline. Recipients of a grant are encouraged, but not required, to use Nike Grind technology to resurface their track. Nike Grind material is made of recycled athletic shoes sliced and ground into rubber granules, providing a superior, environmentally conscious all-weather track surface. Preference is given to the feasibility of the proposed project as well as evidence of long-term financial viability and appropriate infrastructure to properly implement the track project and maintain the track and corresponding programming. Other considerations include the existence of ties or relationships with local athletic heroes or track athletes and their corresponding involvement in track programming, and the ability to demonstrate how track improvement will benefit adults and youth in the greater community. Additional information, including instructions on how to apply for a grant, is available on the Web site.
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