The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation (FHSPSF) and The IRONMAN Foundation (IMF) announced today that they have partnered to provide $100,000 in grant funding for first responder groups in seven communities where IRONMAN® races will take place. The grants, awarded will be for the purchase of critical, life-saving equipment, and will be distributed at IRONMAN events taking place between Aug. 3 and Nov. 16, 2014.
“This initiative builds on the solid history of both Foundations in supporting the important work of first responders across the United States,” said Dave Deschenes, Executive Director of The IRONMAN Foundation. “We look forward to continuing these efforts through the partnership with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.”
In 2013, the IRONMAN Foundation provided more than $85,000 in grants to support groups such as fire and police departments and emergency medical services in the United States. As a part of that initiative, three search-and-rescue ATVs were purchased to address needs in both the Lake Placid and Lake Tahoe communities. Additionally, funds raised through the annual IRONMAN Foundation auction on eBay have supported organizations like the Daniel Robert Sayre Memorial Foundation, with funds benefitting The Hawai’i Fire Department on Hawai’i Island.
“Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation along with The IRONMAN Foundation are grateful for the opportunity to give back to those who loyally serve our communities,” said Robin Peters, Executive Director of FHSPSF. “As IRONMAN athletes prove that ’Anything is Possible,’ we feel that the mantra also represents what can be done to support the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting others.”
Grant awards through the FHSPSF and IMF partnership will typically range from $10,000 to $14,000, with the maximum award capped at $15,000 per organization. Funds will be awarded to eligible groups in communities where the following IRONMAN events take place: IRONMAN® Boulder; IRONMAN® Wisconsin; IRONMAN® 70.3® Princeton; IRONMAN® Chattanooga Benefitting Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America; IRONMAN® World Championship presented by GoPro; IRONMAN® Florida; IRONMAN® Arizona presented by Waste Management. The deadlines to apply range from June 27 until Oct. 10, 2014, depending upon the IRONMAN race date. Groups interested in applying are encouraged to visit www.ironmanfoundation.org to learn more about this opportunity.
The IRONMAN Foundation’s purpose is to leave a lasting impact in the race communities where IRONMAN® events are held. The IRONMAN Foundation works with community leaders to help fund local initiatives, as well as give back to the nonprofit organizations that provide volunteers at local races. Through these projects, The Foundation leaves a piece of the IRONMAN® legacy behind after race day and establishes a stronger relationship within the IRONMAN® race communities. The IRONMAN Foundation’s Community Fund has provided more than $13 million since its launch and is expected to give back more than $1.6 million in grant funds in 2014.