The Rite Aid Foundation announced today 233 nonprofit grants, totaling more than $5 million, through its KidCents Regional Grant Program.
KidCents Regional Grants, which range from $15,000 to $30,000, support nonprofit organizations with programs that serve children, grades K-12, and improve the quality of life in Rite Aid communities. The grants support three of KidCents’ primary focus areas for improving the health and wellbeing of children: healthy eating, active living and education. To be considered, programs and projects were required to take place during out-of-school time with priority given to programs that support communities in need.
“We are immensely grateful for the tremendous support of The Rite Aid Foundation in helping us expand our ongoing partnership with the parents of Azusa students in providing them the tools to thrive,” said Jennifer Hicks, executive director of Neighborhood Homework House, which received a grant for its Improving Educational Opportunity for At-Risk Youth Program. “This grant will enable hundreds of children and youth to participate in our after-school programs where, together with their parents, we believe their futures are being rewritten—one graduate at a time.”
Charities receiving grants range from local affiliates of national organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Girls on the Run to local and regional community-based organizations like Philly Girls in Motion in Havertown, Pa., and Inspiring Minds in Warren, Oh. Several nonprofit organizations currently participating in the KidCents in-store round-up program were also awarded Regional Grants.
Funded programs include food assistance and nutrition education, leadership programs for girls, physical fitness programs for youth with disabilities, STEM and STEAM programs for at-risk youth, academic support programs for children battling homelessness, and summer enrichment programs for children in need.
This cycle of KidCents Regional Grants launched in April 2019 and was available in select counties in the following states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington. In the first cycle, The Rite Aid Foundation awarded 180 grants, totaling more than $4 million.