As part of its ongoing efforts to address critical children’s health and wellbeing issues in the communities it serves, The Rite Aid Foundation announced today 180 grants, totaling more than $4 million through the inaugural cycle of the KidCents Regional Grant Program.
This new program, which provides grants of $15,000-$30,000, significantly expands the reach of KidCents by funding specific out-of-school-time programs focused on children’s nutrition, physical fitness and academic success. The KidCents program also annually supports a select group of more than 400 nonprofit, kid-focused organizations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of children living in the communities Rite Aid serves and national organizations focused on critical children’s issues, including The Fred Rogers Company, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Folds of Honor.
“We created the KidCents program to ensure that kids have a chance for better lives and brighter futures,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “With the introduction of the KidCents Regional Grant program, we are expanding our efforts even more while filling a need for valuable out-of-school-time programming. In addition, we are enabling our partner nonprofit organizations to implement innovative, ground-breaking programs that advance children’s health and wellbeing and promote academic growth.”
KidCents Regional Grants support nonprofit organizations with programs that serve children, from newborn to 18 years of age, and improve the quality of life in Rite Aid communities.
Charities receiving grants range from local affiliates of national organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Girls on the Run to smaller community-based organizations like Stone Garage Inc. in Kennett Square, Pa., and the Eastern Market in Detroit, Mich. In addition, several of the 400 nonprofit organizations currently participating in the KidCents in-store round-up program were also awarded Regional Grants. Priority was given to programs that support communities in need.
Funded programs include arts education and conflict resolution programs, educational programs for LGBTQ youth, mentoring programs for at-risk youth, academic support for teenagers battling cancer, language programs for refugee children and food assistance and nutrition education for children in need.
The inaugural cycle of grants launched in May 2018 and was available in select counties in the following states: California, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington. Another cycle of KidCents Regional Grants will launch later this year. To learn more about the program visit riteaid.com/grants.