Grant Program Overview

Barne2014-1The 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 growth in the sport, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation annually provides grant funding opportunities to skier development programs.

As of 2018, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has awarded over $490,000 to cross country ski programs across the United States.

Priorities of the Skier Development Grant Program

  • Programs that can demonstrate an ability to promote the Birkie mission and lifestyle in their communities
  • The creation of new, or expansion of existing, cross country ski programs
  • Sustainable, quality programs that promote cross country skiing
  • Programs that have matching grants.
  • Grant applications are accepted from across the U.S., however priority is given to applicants from the Midwest.

Additional Grant Categories Supported by the ABSF

  • Minnesota Youth Ski League and Skiwerx Club Equipment Program Matching Grants (for MN/WI kids age 3-13; up to $1000 from MYSL and $1000 from ABSF).  Please fill out the Youth Development Grant application.  Applicants must be or become an MYSL Club. See Minnesota Youth Ski League for more details. Three $1,000 grants are given per season.
  • 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,

Eligible Programs and Expenses

Eligible Programs

  • Youth Development programs
  • Adult programs
  • Multi-discipline programs
  • New programs
  • Established programs

Eligible Expenses

  • Equipment purchase
    • Equipment purchase for free “try-it-out” adult sessions is not eligible.
  • Race sponsorship
  • Coach stipend(s)
  • Coach Training
  • Program supplies
  • Trail Improvement and Maintenence

Grant Requirements and Reporting

  • All groups awarded grants must submit a W9 before funds will be distributed.
  • Grants must include recognition of ABSF on website, publications, and other appropriate media.
  • ABSF must be provided with a copy of the press release announcing the award. Assistance can be given by ABSF, if needed.
  • Awarded programs must complete a final report before April 15, 2020.

Application Process

Application deadline is Friday, September 13, 2019.  Applications must be submitted in Microsoft Word format via email to See the application document for more information.  Grant awards will be announced by Friday, October 25, 2019.

2019 Grant Applications will be available Monday, June 3, 2019


“Thanks to a Birkie grant that was also generously matched by an EU member, EU coaches were able to attend Level 100 training, purchase roller skis, and expand programming. EU’s exciting new “bridging” program gives youth who show interest in racing the opportunity to start training in an environment 100% focused on fun. The grant will continue giving throughout the year as roller skis will be used through the summer and fall programming.”  – Endurance United, 2017 Grant Recipient

*If you have questions about the ABSF Skier Development Program, please contact John Oman at .