The Prudential Skating Fund

The Prudential Skating Fund was established with the purpose of providing funding to eligible U.S. Figure Skating member clubs and/or programs that address social needs or benefit underserved groups and communities in the sport of figure skating.

Meeting the challenges of diversity head on with the support of Prudential, U.S. Figure Skating will distribute $25,000 in two categories during the 2013-14 season. Funds will be allocated to qualifying clubs and programs throughout the U.S. to develop, or enhance, existing community-based programs and events that create opportunities that attract, involve and inspire new generations of figure skaters.

Award Categories

Building Block
A Building Block award in the amount of $12,500 will be awarded to a new program or initiative that shares the mission of the Prudential Skating Fund.

Enrichment
An Enrichment award in the amount of $12,500 will be awarded to an existing program or initiative. The purpose of this award is to provide funding that will allow for significant enhancements and/or increased participation to an existing or repeating project that shares the mission of the Prudential Skating Fund.

Application Requirements

To apply for the Prudential Skating Fund, organizations must submit, by email, to financialaid@usfigureskating.org a concise plan to U.S. Figure Skating containing the following information:

  • Contact information
  • Brief history or mission of organization
  • A clear statement of purpose
  • Concise statement outlining program/event plan (750 word limit)
  • Target audience and anticipated number of participants
  • How this funding will impact the community and U.S. Figure Skating
  • Marketing strategies and tactics to be used
  • How success will be measured
  • Timeline of program/event
  • A summary of expected outcomes
  • An estimated budget

Timeline
  • The application process will open on September 6, 2013.
  • Applications are due from member clubs and programs no later than October 31, 2013
  • Review and selection to take place by November 25, 2013
  • Recipients will be notified on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
  • Award checks will be distributed beginning the week of December 2, 2013
  • Recipients will be announced publicly on Thursday, January 9, 2013
  • A ceremonial check presentation will take place at the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston, Mass.
  • Monies must be expended during the ensuing calendar year (2014) as outlined in the application

Review/Award Process
  • Review panel to include
    • Representative from Prudential
    • (2) representatives from U.S. Figure Skating staff
    • (1) representative from U.S. Figure Skating BOD
    • (1) one athlete representative (may be alumnus or current skater)
  • Application deadline is October 31, 2013; initial review with verification of applicants by U.S. Figure Skating
  • Qualifying applications to be sent electronically to selection panel by November 4, 2013
  • Selection panel review documents due by November 22, 2013 (to determine finalist)
  • Conference call with selection panel to review finalists on November 25, 2013
  • Recipients to be notified on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Prudential Skating Fund supports organizations and programs whose mission and operations are non-discriminatory. The Fund focuses its resources to support organizations whose activities and programs address social needs or benefit underserved groups and communities.

Award Usage Requirements
  • Funds be used within one year of receipt or returned to U.S. Figure Skating.
  • Recipients will be required to complete a brief evaluation form on the usage of funds at the conclusion of the year.
  • Organizations will be ineligible for future awards if the evaluation form is not returned.
  • Organization receiving award will permit U.S. Figure Skating and Prudential to feature their organization in marketing campaigns related to the Prudential Skating Fund, including, but not limited to, an on-air segment during the television broadcast of the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships.