CAS-CIAC Launches J. Robert Ford Athletic Grant Program




CAS-CIAC is proud to announce the establishment of the J. Robert Ford Athletic Grant Program. The J. Robert Ford Athletic Grant Program is designed to support schools demonstrating significant need in their efforts to provide basic athletic programs and services. The program will be supported through generosity of sponsors, which has allowed CAS to establish the CAS Foundation that is able to provide grants to support projects or programs that would not otherwise be afforded by CAS-CIAC member schools.

“CAS-CIAC is thrilled to offer the opportunity of the J. Robert Ford Athletic Grant Program to our member schools to support their athletic endeavors,” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Karissa Niehoff stated. “Finding new ways to provide benefit to our membership is always our primary goal and to do so in a way that will directly impact student-athletes is incredibly exciting for our organization. This idea has been percolating for awhile and to see it come to fruition where our members schools can now take advantage is rewarding.”

Schools can apply for grants at two monetary levels: mini-grants of $1,000 or less, or grants up to $5,000 to be used over three years and examples of activities or programs that may be submitted for consideration include, but are not limited to are:

· Purchase of equipment for initial startup of a new sport or replacing outdated equipment
· Purchase of equipment necessary to meet changing NFHS rules requirements
· Securing transportation for CIAC post-season competition
· Securing practice site for CIAC post-season practice when facility rental is required
· Support of program existence when elimination of funding threatens cancellation of a sport
· Leadership workshops for teams and/or team captains
· Participation in out-of-season team experiences such as summer camps

Grant applications may be submitted at any time and a CAS-CIAC committee will determine grant approval. Among the considerations for approval are: how many students will be impacted by the funding, what are the long term benefits to the school’s athletic program(s)/student athletes and, has the applicant clearly communicated a need, and does the proposal identify specifically how the need will be addressed?

The Grant is named in honor of J. Robert Ford a long time coach, basketball official, educator and high school administrator who also worked as the Director of Development for CAS-CIAC. In that role he was critically in the creation of the CAS Foundation and CAS-CIAC is proud to establish the J. Robert Ford Athletic Grant Program in honor of a man who contributed greatly to the success of the organization.


We would not be able to offer these grants if it were not for the faithful support of our generous sponsors:


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