Tri 4 Schools offers grants for large-scale school-based initiatives each year. We also offer scholarships to athletes in our community who have financial need.

School Funds Grant

The funds for this grant are made possible through our race entry fee revenue.   The purpose of our school grants are to fund large-scale initiatives that would not otherwise be possible.

Some examples of winning grant proposals:

  • Waunakee Elementary Schools: Waunakee purchased a railyard fitness system (see images to the left) for all three of their elementary schools, which is inclusive of students of all abilities and fitness levels.
  • Glacier Creek Middle School: GCMS implemented active classroom tools, like stability balls, pedals for seated desks, and balance boards and discs.
  • Marshall Elementary: Marshall purchased a new, high tech pedometer system to help kids track their movement and steps all day long, and see their results immediately. We all can identify with the motivation that comes from achieving your health goals, and this will introduce kids to the concept of daily movement.
  • MMSD: We helped all of Madison’s elementary schools with their rollerblading unit, an annual favorite unit in phy-ed class, by purchasing new elbow and knee pads.  We hope this will help keep kids safe while moving!
  • Schenk Elementary: Schenk is in the process of updating and renovating their playground and recess spaces, and we funded two new rolling carts, stocked with all the coolest recess equipment kids would want!
  • Westside Elementary: Westside implemented mindfulness curriculum and equipment into all of their classrooms, helping their students (many of whom come from high-stress environments and situations) focus, reduce stress, and self regulate for optimal classroom learning.

Grant Details

We will begin accepting applications for our 2019 School Grants on October 1, 2019.  Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, October 25th and can be emailed to No late proposals will be accepted.

Please adhere to the following guidelines when applying for a grant from the Tri 4 Schools Schools Fund: 

  1. Projects should fund school-based health/wellness, fitness, or nutrition-focused efforts
  2. Only Dane County schools are eligible to apply, and any applicants must have at least one student who participated in a 2019 Tri 4 Schools event. 
  3. Between 3-5 grants will be awarded, with an approximate total of $12,000 to be distributed.
  4. This grant is intended for projects benefiting children between the ages of 3-14. 
  5. Funds must be used for a project that will be completed BEFORE September 1, 2020. 
  6. You must submit a progress report by May 1, 2020, along with pictures and testimonials upon completion of your project or by September 1, 2020You will be assigned a representative from our Grants Committee who will communicate with you on your report. 
  7. Please save the date of Thursday, November 14th, 2019, for a grant reception where winner(s) will be announced. 

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