The mission of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is to promote cross country skiing as a fun, energetic activity that is part of an active and healthy lifestyle. This effort focuses both on youth and adult skiers.
To encourage sport growth, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation annually provides grant funding opportunities to skier development programs. Priority will be given to organizations that are cross country ski focused, but organizations that support running, biking, and other off-season programs for skiers are also encouraged to apply.
As of 2016, the American Birkebeiner has awarded over $400,000 to cross country ski programs across the United States.
Equipment purchase (equipment purchase for free “try-it-out” adult sessions is not eligible), race sponsorship, coach’s stipend, program supplies, trail improvement supplies, etc.
Application Deadline is Friday, September 15, 2017. Applications must be submitted in Microsoft Word format via email to email@example.com, please indicate if you have not received a ABSF Grant previously. See the application document for more information. Grant awards will be announced mid-October 2017.
Looking to start a CXC Nordic Rocks program in your school or area? Contact Bruce Manske with CXC to find out more about the program and how the ABSF can support your efforts, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation received an unprecedented number of requests for the 2016 season, totaling over $100,000 in requests. All applicants presented programs that have a lot of merit, making it a tough decision year for the grant committee. Our $35,000 budget truly does not go far enough!
*If you have questions about the ABSF Skier Development Program, please contact Kristy Maki at email@example.com or call her at 715-634-5025
Please note that many of the companies producing skis, boots and poles work with local dealers to provide discount deals for Junior skier teams and programs. Check with your local dealers to find out if they can provide Young Skier equipment discounts.